Tag: the sunshine vitamin

5. Essential Nutrients for Heart and Brain

So far, we’ve focused mostly on the big picture—dietary patterns that benefit your heart and brain, as well as foods that are the core components of these patterns. But, it’s also useful to know a little about specific nutrients—particularly those that many Americans may be lacking.
Common Deficiencies
In general, according to

Get the Facts on Vitamin D Supplements

Nearly one-third of persons over the age of one in the U.S. are at risk of inadequate vitamin D intake or vitamin D deficiency, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is concerning, given insufficient vitamin D can lead to brittle, soft, thin bones, resulting in rickets in

Strategy #1: Hormone Function Problems

Stress is clearly a major contributor for most people who experience depression. And guess which system in your body controls how you react to stress? Your adrenal glands and the stress hormone it releases—cortisol.
But there is much more to the depression/hormone connection than just that. Other hormones, such as thyroid,

The Disease-Fighting Vitamin D

Vitamin D, affectionately known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is not actually a vitamin at all. It is what’s known as a “pro-hormone”—it can be manufactured by the body and, in addition to being a critical factor for bone health, it is involved in cell growth, immune function, and fighting inflammation,

Ask the Experts: Charcoal Risks; Food as Sunscreen

Q: What are the pros and cons for consuming charcoal?

A: Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a medicine used to treat oral poisonings. It is mixed with water and consumed as an effective treatment for a number of poisonous substances, when taken within an hour of the poison

Maintaining Muscle Mass May Help Prolong Your Life

Recent research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition—and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI—is a better predictor of all-cause mortality.

The study, published online Feb. 20,

Extra Vitamin D No Help in Preventing Seniors’ Falls

If it’s important to get enough vitamin D, is getting more even better? Probably not, experts are now cautioning. Hopes that extra doses of the “sunshine vitamin” might benefit a wide range of health conditions have been eclipsed by recent research.

Now a surprising new study reports that high doses of

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