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7 Out Of 10 American Children Low In Vitamin D

7 Out Of 10 American Children Low In Vitamin D

New research suggests that 7 out of 10 children in the US have low levels of vitamin, nudging millions of them toward higher risk of bone disease, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease.

The study was led by Dr Michal L. Melamed, assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, and is published in the 3 August online issue of Pediatrics.

Melamed, who has written a lot of scientific papers on the importance of vitamin D, told the media that:

“Several small studies had found a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in specific populations, but no one had examined this issue nationwide.”

‘Provocative’ New Evidence Links Vitamin D And Other Nutrients To Heart Disease

Vitamin D And Other Nutrients To Heart Disease

Emerging research suggests that nutritional factors including vitamin D, magnesium, and others may influence the risk and progression of cardiovascular disease. The new data on nutrition and heart disease were the topic of a recent symposium and are summarized in the July issue of The American Journal of the Medical Sciences (AJMS), official journal of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI). The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and biomedical intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

“The prospect that macro- and micronutrients may play an important role in the appearance of diseases of the cardiovasculature and their progressive nature is both intriguing and provocative,” according to the article’s preface by Dr. Karl T. Weber. The article highlights key findings presented at the SSCI’s Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans earlier this year. The symposium was presented in conjunction with the SSCI’s Cardiovascular Club and the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences/North America.

American Academy Of Dermatology Issues Updated Position Statement On Vitamin D

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) recently issued an updated position statement on vitamin D after an updated review of the increasing body of scientific literature on this vitamin and its importance for optimal health.

The Academy continues to recommend that the public obtain vitamin D from nutritional sources and dietary supplements, and not from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning devices, as UV radiation is a known risk factor for the development of skin cancer.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Vitamin D, Curcumin May Help Clear Amyloid Plaques

UCLA scientists and colleagues from UC Riverside and the Human BioMolecular Research Institute have found that a form of vitamin D, together with a chemical found in turmeric spice called curcumin, may help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

The early research findings, which appear in the July issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, may lead to new approaches in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s by utilizing the property of vitamin D3 – a form of vitamin D – both alone and together with natural or synthetic curcumin to boost the immune system in protecting the brain against amyloid beta.

Vitamins – List of vitamins

Each Vitamin is typically used in multiple reactions and, therefore, most have multiple functions.

Vitamin A

Promotes healthy bone growth, vision, reproduction, cell division and specialization and helps regulate the immune system.

Sources include whole milk, liver, eggs, some fortified breakfast cereals, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and most darkly colored fruit and vegetables.

Vitamin C

Absorbic Acid. The human body is unable to store Vitamin C and unless replenished constantly, symptoms, the most commonly known of which is scurvy that can become fatal, will quickly occur.