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2009-10-05 09:11:09

A team of pharmacists from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) has established that the levels of vitamin C in many fruit juices and soft drinks are far higher than those indicated on their labels by the manufacturers. This finding has been possible owing to a new technique developed by the researchers to determine the content of vitamin C in these kinds of drinks. Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is a natural antioxidant in fruits and vegetables, but the European Commission permits its...

2009-10-02 13:25:23

Research: Fall prevention with supplemental and active forms of vitamin D: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials A daily supplement of vitamin D at a dose of 700-1000 IU reduces the risk of falling among older people by 19% according to a study published on bmj.com on Oct. 1. But a dose of less than 700 IU per day has no effect. IU is an international unit of measurement for vitamins and other biologically active substances. Each year, one in three people aged 65 and older...

2009-09-30 12:00:00

MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Several studies and articles published this year show that vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of respiratory infections such as the cold and flu. A study by vitamin D expert Dr. John Cannell published by Cambridge University Press' Journal of Epidemiology and Infection showed evidence that lower vitamin D blood levels during the winter can account for the increased transmissibility of the influenza virus. Increased levels of...

2009-09-17 13:37:26

Modest vitamin/mineral deficiencies increase age-related disease An important analysis conducted by Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute scientists suggests the importance of ensuring optimal dietary intakes of vitamin K to prevent age-related conditions such as bone fragility, arterial and kidney calcification, cardiovascular disease, and possibly cancer (1). Vitamin K is concentrated in dark green plants such as spinach or Swiss chard, and is either not present or present in only...

2009-09-09 10:34:57

Results will be of great relevance to the cosmetics industry Scientists have uncovered a new role played by Vitamin C in protecting the skin. Researchers at the University of Leicester and Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal studied new protective properties of vitamin C in cells from the human skin, which could lead to better skin regeneration. The work, by Tiago Duarte, Marcus S. Cooke and G. Don Jones, found that a form of Vitamin C helped to promote wound healing and...

2009-09-04 16:46:06

Danish researchers say animal studies suggest vitamin C deficiency may impair mental development. The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows new-born guinea pigs subjected to moderate vitamin C deficiency had 30 percent fewer nervous system cells in the hippocampal part of the brain and markedly worse spatial memory than guinea pigs eating a normal diet. Study leader Jens Lykkesfeldt of University of Copenhagen suggests human beings, like guinea pigs, depend...

2009-09-03 13:02:28

Oregon State University scientists say they've discovered some food compounds studied for an ability to prevent cancer might also be able to treat it. Researchers at the university's Linus Pauling Institute suggest some natural food compounds might be effective in working side-by-side with conventional drugs that are now used in chemotherapy. The scientists said they examined the activity of chlorophyllin and found, on a dose-by-dose basis, it was 10 times more potent at causing the death of...

2009-08-19 08:44:07

U.S. scientists say the ability of vitamin D to regulate anti-bactericidal proteins has been conserved in primates for nearly 60 million years of evolution. Oregon State University researchers said that part of the immune system is shared only by primates, including humans -- but no other known animal species. The fact that the vitamin-D mediated immune response has been retained through millions of years of evolutionary selection -- and is still found in species ranging from squirrel monkeys...

2009-08-19 08:59:17

Antioxidant supplements do not appear to increase risk of melanoma, as previously suspected, according to a new report. Findings in a recent randomized trial of antioxidants for cancer prevention seemed to suggest daily supplementation with nutritionally appropriate doses of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc increased the risk of melanoma in women four-fold. Because an estimated 48 to 55 percent of U.S. adults use vitamin or mineral supplements regularly, the potential for...

2009-07-22 12:08:00

Food Storage Safety: Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning ROCHESTER, Minn., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Here are highlights from the July issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource attribution is required. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit www.bookstore.mayoclinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information,...


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