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Vitamin and Supplements

Vitamin D Deficiency In MS: What The Genetic Link Means

Feb 9 2009 - 4:55pm

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.

Vitamin D Deficiency In Young Girls Undetected

Feb 4 2009 - 8:56am

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.

FDA Warns Against Dietary Supplement Venon HYPERDRIVE 3.0

Jan 27 2009 - 7:12pm

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: Over-The-Counter Dual Action Iron Supplement

Jan 20 2009 - 11:56am

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 Spokeswoman: Vitaminwater Allegations Are Ludicrous

Jan 17 2009 - 1:34pm
Glaceau Vitaminwater

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."

Metametrix Introduces New Fat-Soluble Vitamins Profile

Jan 14 2009 - 11:44am

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

New Vitamin Targets Health Needs Of Firefighters

Jan 12 2009 - 1:26pm

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.

Enhanced Beverage Enhances Body's Immune Defense

Jan 9 2009 - 9:21am

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.

Majority Of Women Of Child-Bearing Age Unaware Folic Acid Should Be Consumed Before Pregnancy

Jan 9 2009 - 9:17am

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.

Folic Acid Fortification Of Corn Masa Flour Could Increase Folic Acid Intake

Jan 8 2009 - 11:28am

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.

'Sun Chlorella A' Promotes Overall Health

Dec 23 2008 - 9:56am

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.

Sales Of Energy-Boosting Diet Pills Skyrocket

Dec 17 2008 - 10:08am

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.

Vitamin D Deficiency In Infants, Nursing Mothers Carries Long-Term Disease Risks

Dec 17 2008 - 10:05am

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.

Youth Diabetes May Be Linked To Vitamin D Insufficiency

Dec 16 2008 - 8:26am

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.

Tips For Adequate Calcium Intake

Dec 13 2008 - 11:48am

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?

Balanced Health Products Recalls Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules

Dec 9 2008 - 2:23pm

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 Urges To Take Vitamin D

Dec 8 2008 - 9:41am

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.

Balanced Health Products Recalls Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules

Nov 26 2008 - 1:13pm

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.

The Roundup Of Vitamin Benefits

Nov 24 2008 - 3:43pm

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.

FDA Acts To Avoid Shortage, Strengthen Sucraid Safety

Nov 21 2008 - 12:41pm

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.

Soviet-Era Dietary Supplement Boosts Immune Activity

Nov 18 2008 - 11:14pm

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.