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Vitamin and Supplements

Seven out of ten US children lack enough vitamin D

Aug 3 2009 - 8:39am
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New research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University shows that seven out of ten US children do not have enough vitamin D to sustain good health, putting millions of children at risk for heart disease, and high blood pressure. Researchers looked at 6000 children to find the widespread prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, defined at less than 15mg/ml. Vitamin D insufficiency is defined as 15 to 29/ml of blood.

Are Multivitamins, Supplements Right For Everyone?

Aug 1 2009 - 12:27pm

Taking multivitamins or dietary supplements is a routine practice for many people. But, what may be beneficial and safe for one person, can be ineffective or even potentially dangerous for another.

Researchers and physicians at the Ohio State University Medical Center are utilizing the genetic-based information of individuals to assist in developing tailored medical and therapeutic treatments. The innovative research program is transforming the delivery of health care using a more personalized, cost-effective approach to wellness.

FDA sends Warning Letter about supplements with steroids

Jul 29 2009 - 7:51am
Tren Xtreme supplements with steroids in FDA warning

Marketed as supplements with synthetic steroids, these products are considered to be alternatives to anabolic steroids by American Cellular Laboratories, Inc. This is far from the truth. The FDA recently sent a letter to the company warning that their product was not a dietary supplement and that they were using unapproved drugs that had not been reviewed for safety through the FDA for safety. Apparently, the supplements have resulted in some adverse events that involve men between the ages of 22-55.

ADA Issues Updated Position Statement On Vitamin D

Jul 14 2009 - 12:25pm

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.

Benefits Of Fish Oil Cancelled By High-Fat Diet

Jul 14 2009 - 12:20pm

Fish oil (EPA & DHA) supplementation helped the heart when paired with a low-fat diet, but not when added to a high saturated-fat diet fed to rats with heart failure, according to a study in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

A group of six researchers from different institutions, led by William C. Stanley, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland-Baltimore, hypothesized that when the heart is stressed, such as in heart failure, a high-fat diet may block the heart cells’ ability to absorb the heart-healthy omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) found in fish oil.

Largest Study Of Vitamin D, Omega-3 To Begin Soon

Jun 24 2009 - 10:25am

The potential health benefits of vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids are receiving increasing attention in both the media and medical field; however, definitive evidence on the health benefits and risks of these supplements is not yet available. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) will soon launch the largest randomized trial of vitamin D and omega-3s in the primary prevention of chronic disease.

Important Labelling Information For Iron-Containing Products

Jun 11 2009 - 9:51am

Health Canada is advising Canadians to carefully read the labelling of iron supplement products as there is potential for confusion about dosage. Products currently on the Canadian market display the dose in different ways on the product label and consumers may misinterpret the amount of iron in the product and potentially take an incorrect dose. The potential for harm from consuming too much iron includes adverse effects such as constipation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

At very high doses, iron may cause serious harm. Children may be particularly at risk for overdose.

Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women Should Not Take Maxum Supplements

May 26 2009 - 1:52pm

Health Canada is advising expectant mothers and breastfeeding women not to take the vitamin-mineral supplements Maxum Matragen or Maxum Multi-Vite by Seroyal International Inc. Maxum Multi-Vite has been approved as a vitamin-mineral supplement for only the general public but lacks the required cautionary statement on the label regarding pregnant and/or breast feeding women.

The product Maxum Matragen is being promoted by the company as a prenatal supplement; however, neither product has been authorized for sale by Health Canada for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Ginger Enhances Effect of Anti-Nausea Drugs for Cancer Patients

May 14 2009 - 9:31pm

Results of a new study show that cancer patients can benefit from ginger supplements. University of Rochester Medical Center found that ginger could reduce nausea by forty percent when taken before chemotherapy.

The study is the first to focus on using ginger combined with anti-nausea drugs to help relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy. Patients studied had a significant reduction in nausea from taking fresh ginger three days before chemotherapy and three days after treatment.

Vitamin D Cuts Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk in Older People

May 11 2009 - 5:43pm

Researchers at the University of Warwick say older people can reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes by spending more time outside in the sunshine. Lifestyle changes and increased age lead to vitamin D deficiency, in turn leading to metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and diabetes. The scientists suggest that older people spend less time outdoors in the sun, and wear protective clothing outdoors, putting them more at risk for heart disease and diabetes from vitamin D deficiency.

Nature-Health Recalls Libimax Dietary Supplement

Apr 30 2009 - 2:25pm

Nature & Health Co., located in Brea, California, announced that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's supplement product sold under the name Libimax. The Company has been informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that lab analysis by FDA of Libimax samples found the product contains tadalafil, an active ingredient of an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction (ED), making Libimax an unapproved drug.

Vitamin D Low Levels Cause Problems For Patients

Apr 30 2009 - 9:14am
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Vitamin D levels tend to be very low in very sick patients, found Australian researchers. The sicker patients are, the lower the Vitamin D levels.

Dr Paul Lee, Professor John Eisman and Associate Professor Jackie Center, researchers at Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, examined a cohort of 42 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. Forty-five percent turned out to be Vitamin D deficient.

These findings will be published as a letter in the April 30, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Increased Incidence of Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Disease Risk

Mar 24 2009 - 9:52am
Vitamin D

Vitamin D levels in Americans have plummeted in the last two decades. Vitamin D deficiency, which is the subject of much current research, has been linked to several disease, including multiple sclerosis, particularly pediatric multiple sclerosis. Consequently, in October 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the minimum requirement for vitamin D in children. Several studies conducted in the last two years show an association between vitamin D deficiency and heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, rickets and autoimmune diseases.

Low Vitamin D Levels Associated With Risk Factors In Teenagers

Mar 12 2009 - 2:44pm

Low levels of vitamin D were associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and metabolic syndrome in teenagers, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

In the study, researchers analyzed 3,577 adolescents, 12 to 19 years old (51 percent boys), who participated in the nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted from 2001–2004.

Low Levels Of Vitamin B12 Increase Risk For Neural Tube Defects

Mar 6 2009 - 6:45am

Children born to women who have low blood levels of vitamin B12 shortly before and after conception may have an increased risk of a neural tube defect, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Trinity College Dublin, and the Health Research Board of Ireland.

Women with the lowest B12 levels had 5 times the risk of having a child with a neural tube defect compared to women with the highest B12 levels.

Vitamin D May Fight Winter Coughs And Colds

Feb 24 2009 - 8:29am
Vitamin D and Caugh

Vitamin D may emerge as an important player in the fight against winter coughs, colds and flu. University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Children's Hospital Boston have gathered data from a large scale study showing that vitamin D deficiency, especially during winter months, may make us more susceptible to respiratory infections.

The risk of cough, colds and flu is even higher in those with lower vitamin D levels and asthma or emphysema.

Check Product Packaging For PregVit Folic 5, PregVit Supplements

Feb 20 2009 - 7:25am

Health Canada is informing expectant mothers and women who are planning pregnancy taking the product PregVit Folic 5 and/or PregVit distributed by Duchesnay Inc. to check the product's individual sealed packages. Reports related to incorrect packaging of some blister packs have been received by Health Canada; however no concerns have been raised regarding the tablets themselves.

Are Vitamin Supplements Worthwhile Or Not?

Feb 20 2009 - 7:22am

You may be wondering at this point whether to toss those vitamins into your mouth or into the trash. That's not surprising since several recent reports have called the value of vitamins into question, leaving people to wonder if it's time to ditch their supplements all together.

"People are so confused," says Elisabetta Politi, the nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. "But vitamins are like insurance, and there's no evidence that taking them is harmful."

Vitamin D Low In Arab-American Women, Supplements Needed

Feb 16 2009 - 8:26am

Arab-American women living in southeast Detroit whose conservative dress limits their exposure to sun should be taking a vitamin D supplement to boost their dangerously low serum levels, according to a study published by Henry Ford Hospital researchers.

Researchers found that all 87 women involved in a small study showed vitamin D levels averaging 8.5 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) for those who wore western dress to 4 ng/mL for those who wore the hijab, modest dress with a headscarf. A healthy vitamin D level is 30 ng/mL or higher.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Protect Against Obesity Related Liver Problems

Feb 12 2009 - 8:15pm
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Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish, canola oil, and over the counter supplements, are now found to protect against liver problems associated with obesity. The findings are important to clinicians for providing education to obese patients about how to prevent medical complications of obesity, while guiding weight loss.

New Reference To Measure Amounts of Vitamins

Feb 11 2009 - 11:50am

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new certified reference material that can be an important quality assurance tool for measuring the amounts of vitamins, carotenoids, and trace elements in dietary supplements. The new Standard Reference Material (SRM) 3280 for multivitamin/multimineral tablets was created in collaboration with the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).