For nearly a decade researchers worldwide have been investigating a link between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis (MS). In patients with the autoimmune hyperthyroid disorder Graves' disease the link has been explored even further with evidence suggesting that genetic polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor sometimes seen in patients with Graves' disease prevents adequate absorption of the vitamin D hormone.
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According to a new study, Vitamin D is essential for muscle strength in adolescent girls, yet vitamin D deficiencies may be undetected. Vitamin D deficiency was discovered a large portion of 99 adolescent girls who took part in a study that measured vitamin D levels and muscle strength. The researchers found there were no symptoms among the vitamin D deficient girls. Furthermore, the girls performed poorly on muscle strength and velocity tests that used jumping exercises.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning today advising consumers not to take Venom HYPERDRIVE 3.0.
Venom HYPERDRIVE 3.0 is a product sold as a dietary supplement found to contain sibutramine. Sibutramine, a controlled substance available in the United States by prescription which carries the risk of abuse or addiction.
Bifera, an over-the-counter iron supplement that offers both heme (protein-based iron) and non-heme iron (plant-based iron) is now available in stores in the United States.
Unlike other iron supplements, Bifera provides two types of iron in one small pill for maximum absorption with virtually no gastrointestinal side effects. Bifera is similar to Alaven's current prescription prenatal supplement PreferaOB, which contains both heme and non-heme iron.
Coca-cola faces a lawsuit over allegations that their vitamin enhanced drink, "Glaceau Vitaminwater" dupes consumers. However, Diana Garza Ciarlante, a Coca-Cola spokeswoman, calls the allegations "ludicrous", saying that today's consumers are savvy enough to read labels and sort out the nutritive value of what they consume. Rather than protecting consumers, Garza claims the suit is "about increasing the readership of CSPI's increasingly irrelevant newsletter."
The ability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the safety of dietary supplements using nanomaterials is severely limited by lack of information, lack of resources and the agency's lack of statutory authority in certain critical areas, according to a new expert report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN).
Metametrix Clinical Laboratory, a leader in nutritional and metabolic testing services, announced the introduction of the new Fat-Soluble Vitamins Profile. This new profile is an excellent way to measure a patient's overall health, nutrient processing, and dietary insufficiencies.
The Fat-Soluble Vitamins Profile measures the following nutrients:
-- Vitamin A - essential for immune defense, neural development, and maintenance of healthy skin and vision
-- Vitamin D - essential for reducing cancer risk and health maintenance
When the alarm sounds, firefighters can't hit the snooze button; they have to move -- and their bodies pay the price. However, firefighters can now benefit from a specialized nutritional supplement made specifically for them.
Employee Vita, a Chandler, Arizona-based vitamin company, recently introduced Firefighter Vita, a new nutritional supplement targeted toward the specific dietary needs of firefighters. The web-based vitamin company is the first of its kind to offer supplements that address the health needs of people in certain occupations.
The many Americans who take high-dose supplements of antioxidant vitamins may be doing so in vain. Numerous research studies in 2008 showed that many vitamins that were thought to offer some protection from chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, failed to do so.
Cold season has settled in for the winter months and since the common cold is a leading cause for doctor appointments and missed days of school and work, now is the time to take steps to help boost your immune system. And Immunity Enhanced Beverage is designed to do just that.
Recently introduced by Innovative Beverage Products, Immunity Enhanced Beverage is a ready-to-drink liquid supplement intended to strengthen the body's immune defense, while also reducing the symptoms of the common cold and/or flu.
A new March of Dimes survey conducted by the Gallup organization and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals only 11 percent of women of childbearing age said they knew that folic acid should be consumed prior to pregnancy. Nearly 40 percent of American women of childbearing age (ages 18-45), say they take a daily multivitamin supplement containing folic acid. However, the rate drops to 27 percent among women 18 to 24 years old.
Fortification of corn masa flour products could increase folic acid intake by nearly 20 percent for Mexican-Americans, who are at a 30-40 percent higher risk for a number of severe brain and spinal birth defects, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is published in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In recent controlled studies conducted by Dr. Richard Bloomer, University of Memphis, scientists found that the patented ingredient in Glyc'n Go, GlycoCarn, is the first and only proven ingredient to increase levels of nitric oxide (NO) in the body; thereby increasing blood nitrate/nitrate (NOx) in human subjects.
Only 17 percent of Spanish-speaking women of childbearing age in the United States are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid daily, according to the first nationally representative folic acid awareness survey to focus on this population.
A small nutrigenomic open label pilot study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, tested whole food supplement "Sun Chlorella A" and the impact on gene expression. The study suggests that Sun Chlorella influenced gene expression related to cholesterol and blood glucose.
The Chlorella study involved 34 subjects. Participants ingested four grams of "Sun Chlorella A" tablets each morning and evening for a 16-week period. Researchers conducted blood biochemical tests and analyzed gene expression profile in whole blood cells before and after Chlorella intake.
Can a high-energy diet pill really save your job? It seems that many people think so. Even as car manufacturers, clothing makers and other retailers are seeing a significant drop in sales due to the declining economy, diet pill maker Zoller Laboratories is reporting dramatically increased sales of Zantrex-3, their high-energy diet pill.
NOnce believed to be important only for bone health, vitamin D is now seen as having a critical function in maintaining the immune system throughout life. The newly recognized disease risks associated with vitamin D deficiency are clearly documented in a report in the December issue of Breastfeeding Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., and the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Nearly three-quarters of youths with diabetes are insufficient in vitamin D.
Three-quarters of youths with type 1 diabetes were found to have insufficient levels of vitamin D, according to a study by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center – findings that suggest children with the disease may need vitamin D supplementation to prevent bone fragility later in life.
Calcium is a mineral that is mostly present in bones, and having enough calcium to meet daily requirements is necessary for the development and maintenance of strong bones. Adequate calcium intake is necessary to maximize peak bone mass and to minimize both the risk of fractures in adolescence and the development of osteoporosis in adulthood.
How can I get enough calcium?
The Chemicals, Materials & Food practice at Frost & Sullivan is pleased to announce its 2008 Quarterly Analyst Briefing Presentation on the omega-3 ingredients market to be held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. PST.
Balanced Health Products, Inc. has expanded its voluntarily recall of STARCAPS DIET SYSTEM DIETARY SUPPLEMENT to include additional Lot Numbers 12/2009 – 82866 and 12/2010 - 83801, sold in 30 capsule plastic bottles.
The recall is effective immediately and is being undertaken because these lots of STARCAPS contain an undeclared drug ingredient- Bumetanide – a diuretic available by prescription only. Bumetanide is also not listed on the product label as an ingredient in this product.
Aurora Health Care is ramping up its efforts to promote the use of Vitamin D supplements. Aurora's Care Management Clinical Leadership Team members committed this week to educate all Aurora caregivers about the benefits of Vitamin D. The decision is in response to growing evidence that higher Vitamin D levels may improve outcomes for patients with heart disease, osteoporosis, certain muscle conditions and seasonal depression.
There is no longer any question about the role of Vitamin D for health maintenance. The ACC (American College of Cardiology) says most of us do not get enough Vitamin D. Increasing our Vitamin D levels my reduce our risk of developing heart failure, according to new research.
Balanced Health Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling STARCAPS DIET SYSTEM DIETARY SUPPLEMENT, Lot 12/2011 – 84810, sold in 30 capsule plastic bottles.
The recall is effective immediately and is being undertaken because this lot of STARCAPS contains an undeclared drug ingredient- Bumetanide – a diuretic available by prescription only. Bumetanide is also not listed on the product label as an ingredient in this product.
More and more well done studies are being published that evaluate the true benefit of vitamins. The best studies are random, double-blind trials that use enough subjects over a long time.
Here is the latest roundup on Vitamin benefits.
Vitamin E - No benefit for preventing cancer, including colon, esophageal, gastric, pancreatic or liver. No benefit for preventing cardiovascular disease and people who took over 400IU's a day had a higher risk of dying from heart failure and other causes.
Vitamin E plus Selenium - No benefit for prostate cancer and maybe did more harm than good.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued an expedited approval of a supplemental application that allows for changes in the manufacturing of Sucraid (sacrosidase) Oral Solution. The approval will prevent a product shortage by allowing the sole manufacturer of the drug, QOL Medical, to obtain Sucraid's active ingredient from a different manufacturer.
A recent study on an American-made, Soviet-developed immune formula shows the product has a significant effect on immune function. Among other findings, the study demonstrated that daily administration of Del-Immune V within five days raised a level of circulating interferon up to 4.2+/-0.5 log2 u/ml (P <0.05) against 2.0+/-0.3 log2 u/ml of the controls. Interferons are the body's switches that help cells resist viral infection and provide the initial, crucial response to immune challenges.
The health benefits of vitamin D have dominated the headlines recently, and now there's an easy way for the entire family to obtain a daily dose of this very important vitamin. WELLESSE a leading manufacturer of liquid nutritional supplements that support health and wellness, introduces new, natural berry flavored Liquid Vitamin D3.
Today, the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) asked Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, why he is suing a local tanning salon owner for claiming that tanning provides vitamin D, when Vitamin D experts at the University of California Riverside are saying the same thing?