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Vitamin D Supplements

Vitamin D deficiency in diet or due to lack of sun exposure has become a worldwide issue in the elderly and remains common in children and adults. Deficiency results in impaired bone mineralization and bone damage which leads to bone-softening diseases (or rickets when it occurs in children)

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016  |  Editor
Low levels of Vitamin D linked to macular degeneration

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of developing age related macular degeneration according to new study findings

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Sunday, 13 March 2016  |  Editor
Vitamin D supplements recommended for all under 5s as rickets cases rise

Vitamin D supplementation is being recommended for all children under the age of 5 as well as all pregnant and breastfeeding women as the number of cases of rickets has quadrupled in the past 15 years.

Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency disease resulting in softening of the bones which can lead to fractures and deformity.

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Friday, 11 March 2016  |  Editor
One in 3 deficient in vitamin D

A new review of 195 studies involving more than 168,000 participants in 44 countries has found that 37.3% of us are deficient in vitamin D – and that Europeans are more deficient than North Americans.

The study compared measurements of 25(OH)D, or calcidiol, in blood samples, which is deemed to be the most effective measurement of vitamin D status. Levels of below 50nmol/l were considered to be deficient.[1]

Calcidiol is the pre-hormone form of vitamin D, and is directly related to calcium absorption. This is why vitamin D is often recommended for those with osteoporosis, rickets and other conditions where bones need to be strengthened.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016  |  Editor
Asthma linked with bone loss

A new study has discovered that asthma sufferers with hyperresponsive airways are at a great risk of lowered bone density in their lumbar spines – the area of the spine between the ribs and the pelvis. Vitamin D may help

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Monday, 7 March 2016  |  Editor
Bone density at age 20 linked to mother’s vitamin D status during pregnancy

A new study has shown that we need to start supporting our bone density much earlier that we imagined. We have known for some time that our bone density peaks in our 20s, and so it may be wise to actively nourish our bones through diet and weight-bearing exercise throughout our adult life. This study goes one step further, showing that the mother’s vitamin D status during pregnancy affects the health of her offspring’s bones in later years.

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Friday, 26 February 2016  |  Editor
Could your calcium and vitamin D tablets be increasing the risk of stroke and kidney stones

Millions of UK adults supplement regularly with calcium and vitamin D in the hope of preventing bone diseases such as osteoporosis, yet recent research has called these supplements into question.

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Friday, 20 November 2015  |  Editor
Vitamin D, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease

​Recent research suggests that vitamin D may also be important in the expression of genes that regulate MS35, which seems to support a Harvard study of military personnel that showed a 62% reduction in incidence of MS in those with higher blood serum levels of vitamin D. Moreover, a 2005 study of 79 identical twins studies where just one of each pair of twins had been diagnosed with MS, showed that the affected twin had received less sun exposure than the healthier twin prior to diagnosis.

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Friday, 20 November 2015  |  Editor
Vitamin D and Mental Health

The brain is suffused with vitamin D receptors, prompting much research into its relevance for mental health, from depression to schizophrenia. A 2008 Dutch study of 1282 people aged between 65 and 95 noted higher levels of depression amongst those with the lowest levels of vitamin D and highest levels of blood parathyroid hormone. A similar Italian study of 531 women and men over the age of 65 showed a correlation particularly in women between low vitamin D levels and depression.

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Friday, 20 November 2015  |  Editor
vitamin D - The effect on Brain Function and Dementia

A recent study of 858 adults over the age of 65 showed vitamin D deficiency to be related to a decline in brain function. The Italian adults were given regular cognitive function tests over 8 years alongside blood tests to assess their vitamin D status, and the most severely deficient showed the most substantial decline.38 A similar study of 752 women over the age of 75 showed comparable results.

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Friday, 20 November 2015  |  Editor
How Vitamin D Triggers immune response

​Vitamin D has now been shown to be instrumental in triggering T-cell response in the immune system. “When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or 'antenna' known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D,” explains Prof Geisler.

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