A panel of experts who assess current scientific evidence for preventative medications focused on vitamins and other dietary supplements in their recent review. According to the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF), there is unclear evidence when taking nutrients (as vitamins or supplements) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and/or cancer. The report also advises against taking beta-carotene and vitamin E for the prevention of these two conditions due to lack of evidence. Instead, the panel suggests that a well-balanced diet would be more beneficial for the body, helping it to absorb nutrients in their most natural form. What are your thoughts on these recent recommendations? How do you counsel your patients to achieve this well-balanced diet? For more information, click here
Some studies suggest that vitamin B supplements may increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. However, a new review published in the journal Neurology discovered the opposite. Researchers analyzed the findings of 14 clinical trials which compared taking vitamin B supplement or very low-dose vitamin B versus placebo for six or more months. They discovered that vitamin B supplements may reduce the risk of stroke by 7 percent, but did not appear to reduce the severity of strokes or the risk of death from stroke. The researchers also found that folic acid may reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin B. How often do patients ask you about vitamin B supplements? Do you recommend vitamin B for other conditions?
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Vitamin D receptor (VDR) has many functions in the human body and plays roles in bone mineral homeostasis, detoxification, cancer prevention, and hair cycling. A new study published in Molecular Endocrinology also suggests that VDR can acts as a toggle switch in determining whether a fatty cell is going to be a white or a brown one. White fatty cells are responsible for storing energy, while the brown ones are responsible for burning energy. It is still not very clear how exactly this happens. The amount of vitamin intake had no effect on this function of the receptor. Researchers are working on the development of a new obesity medication. The proposed mechanism of action of this drug is to prevent VDR from blocking the development of brown fat without affecting its other function. This exciting discovery might lead to a significant change in obesity treatment. Have you tried recommending vitamin D for weight loss for your patients? What are your typical recommendations?
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Heat wave may have passed where you live but it is still summertime. Foods that keep you cool during the summertime are: raspberries, red bell peppers, tomatoes, oranges, peaches, and strawberries. Raspberries provide fiber which will lower colon cancer risk as well as provide better overall health. Red bell peppers contain vitamin C in large amounts and they are good source for vitamin A and folate. Tomatoes are great for you as they contain vitamin C and lycopene. Oranges are good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and calcium. Peaches are great antioxidants giving protection against disease and also a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Strawberries are a great source of fiber and only contain 50 calories per cup. These are some foods recommended by nutritional experts to keep you cool as well as nourish your body. What foods would you recommend to your patients to beat the heat?
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A study led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researcher, Donna Baird, suggested that there is a negative association between Vitamin D and risk of uterine fibroids – 1,036 women were evaluated, women who had sufficient level of Vitamin D were about 30 percent less likely to develop fibroids. How often do you counsel women on their vitamin D intake? Do you have favorite brands/products?
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