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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Chocolate

We always knew it was good for us but a new study has found that dark chocolate helps to protect our DNA from oxidative damage.  The researchers commented “the present results are clinically encouraging especially in the field of diet therapy of obesity, pathology related to greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, and cancer”. Unfortunately IContinue Reading

Vitamin D and reduction in fracture risk

A study published recently in the British Medical Journal has found that a vitamin-mineral combination of vitamin D and calcium significantly reduced fractures by 8%, and hip fractures by 16%. The study involved almost 70,000 people across Europe and the US and the reduction in risk was for everyone, regardless of age or gender. Source:Continue Reading

Vitamin D and SPF in skin creams

All the huge amount of research coming up about Vitamin D has made me realise how little sun exposure we get these days – especially women. Almost all face creams and foundations contain SPF at some level – usually 15 – so even on normal days we are not exposed to the sun. And whenContinue Reading

Vitamin D deficiency linked to fat in muscle tissue

Yet more on Vitamin D…………… A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that low vitamin D levels may be associated with the accumulation of fat in muscle tissue, leading to lower muscle strength. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Published online ahead of print, doi: doi: 10.121o/jc. 2009-2309 Gilsanz,Continue Reading

Vitamin D and cardiometabolic disorders

A systematic research review in the UK has found that high levels of vitamin D among middle-age and elderly populations are associated with a substantial decrease in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, the decreased risk could even be as high as 43%. This review adds to a fast growing body of researchContinue Reading

Coffee Intake Linked to Better Prostate Health

Evidence that coffee isn’t always a villain Researchers have demonstrated that an increased intake of coffee may reduce the risk of lethal and advanced prostate cancers by 60%. Kathryn Wilson, PhD, from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health said,“Coffee has effects on insulin and glucose metabolism as well as sex hormoneContinue Reading