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Vitamin and mineral supplements won't help you live longer, could cause harm, study says

Vitamin and mineral supplements won't help you live longer, could cause harm, study saysThe study found excess intake of calcium through supplements was associated with a higher risk of death from cancer.



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Taking vitamin D supplements may not improve bone health

Taking vitamin D supplements may not improve bone healthAfter combining data from 81 randomized controlled trials, researchers found no bone benefits from supplementing the vitamin, according to the report in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. “Our results show that there is little reason for adults to take vitamin D supplements for their bones to protect against fractures, except people from high risk groups, such as those who have a prolonged lack of exposure to sunshine,” said study coauthor Dr. Alison Avenell of the University of Aberdeen in the UK. “For example, older people in institutions who never go outside.” Vitamin D supplements have long been recommended to seniors for treating and preventing the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis.



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Stopping birth control could cause a drop in vitamin D levels, suggests new research

Stopping birth control could cause a drop in vitamin D levels, suggests new researchWomen who stop taking the pill could experience a drop in vitamin D levels, according to a new US study which looked at levels of the vitamin in African-American women. Published on Thursday, August 4 in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study found that levels of vitamin D fell when women stopped using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, which could be of particular importantance to those who stop their birth control in order to become pregnant. The researchers looked at a total of 1662 African-American women aged 23-34 years, all living in the Detroit area in Michigan, USA.



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Cocktail of UV, Vitamin B zaps malaria in blood: study

Cocktail of UV, Vitamin B zaps malaria in blood: studyBlood donated by unknowing malaria carriers can be made safer with UV radiation and Vitamin B, said a study Friday which may "revolutionise" transfusion safety in Africa. The technology, not yet commercially available, also holds promise for killing other blood-borne germs such as HIV, Ebola and Zika. The technique was previously shown in lab experiments to kill the malaria parasite — as well as HIV and hepatitis viruses — in blood in petri dishes.



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Cocktail of UV, Vitamin B zaps malaria in blood: study

In a trial in Ghana, treating the blood to be transfused with UV radiation and Vitamin B "severely reduced" the risk of malaria transmission, but did not eliminate itBlood donated by unknowing malaria carriers can be made safer with UV radiation and Vitamin B, said a study Friday which may "revolutionise" transfusion safety in Africa. The technology, not yet commercially available, also holds promise for killing other blood-borne germs such as HIV, Ebola and Zika. The technique was previously shown in lab experiments to kill the malaria parasite — as well as HIV and hepatitis viruses — in blood in petri dishes.



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‘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.

One In Seven Young Canadian Adults Deficient In Vitamin C, Study Finds

Vitamin C, Adults, Deficient In Vitamin C

Deficient In Vitamin C

One in seven young adults in Canada is deficient in vitamin C, according to a first-of-its kind study published today. The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, suggest that young adults with a vitamin C (ascorbic acid) deficiency have significantly higher waist circumference, body mass index, inflammation and blood pressure – indicators of chronic disease and obesity – than do people with adequate blood levels of vitamin C.

The study – supported by the Advanced Foods and Materials Network, a national Network of Centres of Excellence – was conducted by University of Toronto researchers Ahmed El-Sohemy and Leah Cahill of the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Paul N. Corey of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Sciences. Called Vitamin C Deficiency in a Population of Young Canadian Adults, the study involved 979 Toronto-based participants between the ages of 20 and 29.

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.

Hepatitis – Causes, Symptoms, Types, Prevention and Treatment

Hepatitis is the presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissue caused by excessive alcohol drinking, disorders of the gall bladder or pancreas, including medication side effects, and infections. In this article, we will discuss Causes, Symptoms, Types, Prevention and Treatment of hepatitis.

I. Causes of hepatitis

A person can develop hepatitis if they contract one of the viruses that can cause liver inflammation, or as a result of exposure to substances that can cause hepatitis. There are two ways that can lead to hepatitis: it can either occur as a result of infections or from autoimmune processes.