Clear link found between vitamin D deficiency and alzheimer’s disease

“We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising — we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” noted lead researcher David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical School in a news release84c266703c9418fdd3474a0332a6f92444ea9d1c

Llewellyn, who could not be reached for comment by Yahoo Health, looked at several years worth of data on 1,658 Americans ages 65 and older who had taken part in the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute’s Cardiovascular Health Study. He and his team found that adults who were just moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia — the general term for any severe decline in mental ability — while the risk jumped to 125 percent for those who had a severe deficiency. Similarly, for Alzheimer’s disease — the most common type of dementia — the moderately deficient adults were 69 percent more likely to develop it, while the severely deficient had a 122 percent increased risk.

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Why drink lemon water?

    • Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
    • Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacteriallots-of-lemons
    • It balances maintain the pH levels in the body
    • Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
    • It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
    • It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
    • It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
    • It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
    • It helps cure the common cold
    • The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
    • It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
    • It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
    • It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
    • It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
    • Aids in the production of digestive juices
    • Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

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   Vitamin C reduces the frequency and severity of colds and improves physical activity in men with suboptimal vitamin C status

For decades, the medical stance on vitamin C has been that taking it had no effect on preventing or reducing the severity of the common cold. However, in a new study published in the journal Nutrients, researchers examined the impact of vitamin C status on physical activity and upper respiratory tract infections during the winter months and what they found challenges the long held beliefs about the efficacy of vitamin C. 

The participants in this double-blind randomized trial included healthy, nonsmoking college men, with a marginal plasma vitamin C level, who were not training for or competing in sports. The men were randomized into one of two groups that received either 1000 mg of vitamin C/day or a placebo. Participants were given a booklet at the beginning of the study that contained the Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey-21, the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire, and a short food frequency measure. Over the course of the eight week study, the men completed the symptom survey daily, and the exercise and food frequency measures weekly.

During weeks 6-8 of the study, the physical activity score for the vitamin C supplemented group rose moderately compared to the placebo group. The number of cold episodes
reported during the study was lower in the vitamin C group (7) compared to the placebo group (11), as was the reported duration of colds (reduced 59% versus placebo). Although
severe vitamin C deficiency resulting in scurvy is a rare occurrence in modern society, as many as 22% of U.S. adults are believed to have inadequate vitamin C status, with as m
any as 6% classified as vitamin C deficient.  Insufficiencies are often undiagnosed because early symptoms of poor vitamin C status are not obvious and may include fatigue, malaise, depression and irritability.  Inadequate vitamin C levels have also been associated with increased duration and severity of colds during the peak of cold season.

Although this study was limited by a relatively small sample size, the results suggest that there may be measurable health advantages associated with vitamin C supplementation in men with adequate-to-low vitamin C status. Since this study was conducted during winter months and included only men with similar vitamin C status, more research is needed to determine whether these results can be extended to other populations and seasons.   

Carol S. Johnston, Gillean M. Barkyoumb, and Sara S. Schumacher. Vitamin C Supplementation Slightly Improves Physical Activity Levels and Reduces Cold Incidence in Men with Marginal Vitamin C Status: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutrients 2014, 6, 2572-2583; doi:10.3390/nu6072572.

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Those bastards….

Seems like no matter what happens, whether it’s the economy, a food recall, unemployment, unfair labor practices or the ozone layer, someone will figure out how to blame Walmart. Apparently they are behind everything. I’m pretty sure they are who really killed Robin Williams.

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Be safe…

“If you’re happy to sit at your desk and not take any risk, you’ll be sitting at your desk for the next 20 years.”

- David Rubenstein

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Experts respond to “Enough Is Enough” editorial on dietary supplements

This is a terrific response to an editorial labeling multivitamins as useless and potentially harmful. Nutrition experts conclude that multivitamins are a safe, inexpensive and effective method of filling nutritional gaps in the average, nutrient poor diet, and can potentially reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. Read on…

In an editorial published several months ago titled “Enough is Enough”, five medical doctors declared that dietary supplements were unnecessary, had no clear benefit, and might even be dangerous. Because of the controversial nature of the editorial, and because it was published in a respected journal, it received a lot of media attention.

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In a new editorial published online in the same journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, four of the most respected names in public health and nutrition have responded and stated that decades of nutrition research and diet monitoring were ignorevitamin Dd to come to the misleading conclusion. The experts, representing the Linus Pauling Institute, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Tufts University, and the Harvard School of Public Health reasoned that multivitamins help fill nutritional gaps, improve general health, may help prevent chronic disease, are generally harmless, and relatively inexpensive.

While nearly all nutrition experts agree that a balanced and nutritious diet is the best way to get essential nutrients, they also state that it is naive to ignore the fact that most people in the U.S. are not meeting recommendations for dietary intake of all vitamins and minerals and micronutrient inadequacies are more the rule than the exception.

Less than 7% of adults in the U.S. get the estimated average requirement of vitamin D and E from their diet; only 39% get enough magnesium; and only about half get the minimum recommended intake of calcium and vitamin A. Nearly three-fourths don’t get enough vitamin K, and 98% don’t get adequate potassium from their diet. The elderly, African Americans, obese individuals, and those who are ill or injured may have even more difficulty meeting minimum nutrient intakes.

In addition to simply filling in nutritional gaps and supporting normal health, the potential for micronutrients to help reduce or prevent chronic disease has shown promise. Recently, the Physicians’ Health Study II, the largest randomized controlled trial on multivitamins ever conducted, found statistically significant reductions in both cancer incidence and the risk of cataracts among male physicians taking multivitamins regularly.

The new editorial also addressed the fact that concerns over increased mortality or harm from vitamins A and E have been based on extremely high use through supplements beyond the dosages typically found in multivitamins. It is well-known that vitamin A (as retinol) should not be consumed long-term at levels above the Tolerable Upper Limit. But, in reality, only about 1% of supplement users exceed vitamin A upper limits through supplementation. The trials reporting that high-dose vitamin E supplements increase mortality have been since refuted by several more comprehensive studies.

The experts conclude – “To call the case closed; deny the value of further research; and label multivitamin and mineral supplements useless, harmful, and a waste of money is wrong, is not based on the established science for their primary indication, and misinforms the public and the medical community.”

Frei B, Ames BN, Blumberg JB, Willett WC. Enough is enough. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jun 3;160(11):807. doi: 10.7326/L14-5011.

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Spiritualized ambition….

“We cannot live happily by spiritual sustenance alone nor by material property alone. It is only by having ambition and by crowning that ambition with the idea of service to others, either by helping them Hands individually or by working for some great cause, that you will find a spiritual reason for making money for yourself and others. To help others help themselves also spiritualizes ambition. An Almighty Power has linked us all together. When you help others you are helping yourself.”

- Paramahansa Yogananda

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Take Another Road

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
- Mark Twain
 
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Don’t wait…

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

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And most never do…

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

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