Posts Tagged ‘Vitamin D’

Want stronger babies? Increase Vitamin D intake

Friday, January 17th, 2014

food_03_240x240_jan10Researchers have suggested that babies are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body while they are pregnant.

In the research vitamin D levels were measured in 678 mothers in the later stages of pregnancy.

When the children were four years old, grip strength and muscle mass were measured. Results showed that the higher the levels of vitamin D in the mother, the higher the grip strength of the child, with an additional, but less pronounced association between mother’s vitamin D and child’s muscle mass.

Lead researcher Dr Nicholas Harvey, Senior Lecturer at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton said that these associations between maternal vitamin D and offspring muscle strength may well have consequences for later health; muscle strength peaks in young adulthood before declining in older age and low grip strength in adulthood has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures.

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Lack of Vitamin D Causes Brain Damage

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

A new research has suggested that a diet low in vitamin D causes damage to the brain.

In addition to being essential for maintaining bone health, newer evidence shows that vitamin D serves important roles in other organs and tissue, including the brain.

The UK study led by University of Kentucky researchers showed that middle-aged rats that were fed a diet low in vitamin D for several months developed free radical damage to the brain, and many different brain proteins were damaged as identified by redox proteomics.

These rats also showed a significant decrease in cognitive performance on tests of learning and memory.

“Given that vitamin D deficiency is especially widespread among the elderly, we investigated how during aging from middle-age to old-age how low vitamin D affected the oxidative status of the brain,” lead author of the study Allan Butterfield, said. “Adequate vitamin D serum levels are necessary to prevent free radical damage in brain and subsequent deleterious consequences.”

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Lack of vitamin D linked to hypertension

Friday, July 26th, 2013

A new study led by an India researcher has confirmed that low levels of vitamin D can trigger hypertension.

Although observational studies have already shown this link, a large-scale genetic study was necessary before the cause and effect could be proven, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) said.

Dr. Vimal Karani S, from the Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK, said that data from the D-CarDia collaboration, involving 35 studies, over 155,000 individuals, and numerous centres in Europe and North America, showed that those with high concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) had reduced blood pressure and therefore a reduced risk of hypertension.

“We knew from earlier observational studies that low 25(OH)D concentrations were likely to be associated with increases in blood pressure and hypertension, but correlation is not causality”, he said.

“Additionally, randomised controlled trials of vitamin D supplementation in humans have produced inconsistent effects on cardiovascular outcomes. The whole picture was somewhat confused, and we decided to try to figure it out once and for all,” he added.

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Natural wonder – Salmon

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

And we are back with yet another natural wonder which is packed with Omega-3 acids, can help lower your cholesterol, improve your memory and is a natural anti-depressant! You guessed right – Salmon is what we are talking about!

The health benefits of salmon are too many. This silky, sweet, meaty fish is full of minerals, vitamins A, B and D, calcium, iron and phosphorous. So, bake it, grill it, broil it or eat it raw – but salmon is sure to be a healthy addition to your lifestyle.

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Acne treatment is long term process: Dr. Amladi

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Dr. Amladi as medical head of Kaya Skin Clinics leads a team of 300 expert dermatologists in India, the Middle East and Bangladesh.

She is currently the Editor – Forum for Aesthetic Dermatology, Associate Editor – Indian Clinical Updates, Dermatology and Member, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology.

She has over 20 years of clinical, academic and research experience in dermatology.

Amladi answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

G’Day Madam, Q1? to remove injury, surgery 14 months stitches scare from the body. Age 50 yrs Q2My son aged 22 yrs has skin scare 6 long lines width 5 cm since last 10 yrs on his back. ? to treat it. With thanks Pradeep Bhubaneswar

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Vitamins – Sources and benefits

Friday, May 10th, 2013

We tell you more about vitamins; learn which vitamin keeps the nasty cold under check, which one is good for your skin and also about the one that helps the blood clot.

Also check: Vitamins, sources and benefits: Part 1

Vitamin-C

This is a water-soluble vitamin.

Benefits of vitamin-C:

This vitamin plays a significant role in helping your body resist infection. So a dose of vitamin-C everyday can go a long way in preventing colds and flus.

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Feed your bones the right nutrients

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

We all know BONE is one of the important organ that provides support and structures to our body parts. But with age Bones density is lost due to various factors? What is this bone density? Bone is made up of important minerals and vitamins which help to maintain bone strength and prevent from its degeneration and to perform various other important metabolic reaction inside our body. Now days bone diseases are common with age and mostly affecting women than men. Eight out ten women suffer from bone diseases like osteoporosis, osteopenia and osteomalacia. After age of 50 it is very essential that we supply more of bone nutrients to prevent fractures.

How to test your bone minerals?

Science and technology is so advanced that we can do a Ultra sound scan named dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan to test if all the bone minerals are in correct values. This test will help us to predict osteoporosis or osteopenia condition if exits. We can avoid future bone fractures by doing this test.

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How to eat to fight depression

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If you thought bad food affected only your body, then think again. Because eating processed foods,junk foods, fried or sugary stuff and refined foods could affect your mental health apart from causing havoc to one’s physical body. Well it is true. The rising rates of depression could be partly blamed on the high consumption of processed foods in the present era. This should be of concern because of how much children these days turn to such foods from biscuits to fast foods, from fried snacks to soft drinks.

Whole foods:

Researchers at University College, London, found a 58% risk for depression in people who mainly ate processed foods as compared with people who ate whole foods like lots of fruits, vegetables, fish and unprocessed whole grains, legumes and unhomogenised milk. Whole foods are those that are not processed or refined. Whole foods also do not have additives like preservatives or salt, sugar or fat added to it. Much like how our ancestors ate their foods – fresh and wholesome.

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Month of birth impacts baby’s immune system development

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Newborn babies’ immune system development and levels of vitamin D have been found to vary according to the month in which they were born, according to a new research co-authored by an Indian-origin researcher.

The new research, from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Oxford, provides a potential biological basis as to why a person’s risk of developing the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) is influenced by their month of birth.

In the study, samples of cord blood were taken from 50 babies born in November and 50 born in May between 2009 and 2010 in London.

The blood was analysed to measure levels of vitamin D and levels of autoreactive T-cells. T-cells are white blood cells which play a crucial role in the body’s immune response by identifying and destroying infectious agents, such as viruses.

However, some T-cells are “autoreactive” and capable of attacking the body’s own cells, triggering autoimmune diseases, and should be eliminated by the immune system during its development. This job of processing T-cells is carried out by the thymus, a specialised organ in the immune system located in the upper chest cavity.

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Vitamin D is the new go-to vitamin

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Vitamin D seems to be the new go-to vitamin, helping anything from depression, skin conditions and low back pain to significantly reducing your cancer risk. But is it worth it to get it the “natural” way?

Our bodies produce vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. With all the fears of skin cancer about, and recent studies saying we are not able to produce vitamin D through sunblock, how can we get this glorious nutrient? Well, the average time it takes to get adequate amounts of vitamin D is about 20 minutes per day. Scientists and physicians are agreeing that the sun’s benefits greatly outweigh the risks. So, are we increasing our risk of skin cancer by getting 20 minutes of unfiltered sun per day? Well, that depends on your other risk factors:

Have you had bad sunburns in your youth?
Are you fair-skinned?
Has anyone in your family, or have you ever had skin cancer?

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