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  1. Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    With old research under fire and new research turning up previously unknown vitamin D benefits, the “sunshine vitamin,” has been an increasingly hot topic among the research community. As the summer draws to a close and the days begin to once again shorten, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of this year’s vitamin D research highlights and...
  2. Probiotic Supplementation Proven to Protect Bone Health in Women

    Probiotic Supplementation Proven to Protect Bone Health in Women

    As adults grow older, their bones become more brittle and, as a result, they can fracture more easily. While this phenomenon can affect both men and women, women are more at risk for bone loss as they age, suffering more commonly from conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia. Women over 80 years of age are at the highest risk for...
  3. New Study Supports Connection Between Dietary Soy and Bone Strength

    New Study Supports Connection Between Dietary Soy and Bone Strength

    Menopause brings with it a whole new set of health concerns for the aging woman. The impacts of menopause on bone and metabolic health can lead to a loss of bone density, reduced physical ability and weight gain, however, new research on soy and bone strength suggests that soy protein may help to curb some of these negative health effects...
  4. High-Salt Diet Kills Beneficial Gut Bacteria, Leading to Disease

    High-Salt Diet Kills Beneficial Gut Bacteria, Leading to Disease

    A team of international researchers has found a high-salt diet reduces the population of the beneficial gut bacteria Lactobacillus. This, in turn, impacts immune cells which can lead to the development of hypertension and autoimmune disease. Probiotics may help to curb these effects. Gut Flora and Salt-Sensitive Diseases A high-salt diet has long been identified as a contributing factor to...
  5. Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Thanks to increased research attention in recent years, we are beginning to form a better understanding of how vitamin D — an essential nutrient long associated with bone health — impacts not only our musculoskeletal system but also other critical aspects of our health. Naturally produced by our skin when exposed to sunlight, vitamin D is also present in food sources...
  6. Osteoporosis in Men: A Serious Yet Often Overlooked Disease

    Osteoporosis in Men: A Serious Yet Often Overlooked Disease

    Osteoporosis is a disease where the density of your bones falls to a critical point where they are so weak that even mild physical impact can fracture them. Some people do not experience any symptoms of osteoporosis until they break a bone in a situation that would not have harmed them when they were younger. Osteoporosis is considered an age-related...
  7. Biology Behind Osteoporosis Revealed in New Study

    Biology Behind Osteoporosis Revealed in New Study

    A new study published in the journal PNAS has uncovered the biology behind age-related bone loss. Researchers from Zhejiang University in China and the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that a protein known as Cbf-beta is essential at controlling the rate at which new bone cells replace old, dying cells. Understanding Age-Related Bone Loss Age-related bone loss is a progressive and...
  8. New Research Highlights the Importance of Getting Enough Vitamin D During Pregnancy

    New Research Highlights the Importance of Getting Enough Vitamin D During Pregnancy

    Recommendations for vitamin intake during pregnancy are constantly being modified to reflect new research. Most people are aware of the importance of taking in enough folic acid and other B vitamins during their child-bearing years. A new study on taking vitamin D during pregnancy suggests that this vitamin also may be crucial to developing children, especially in the areas of...
  9. Top 6 Crucial Vitamins for Men's Health

    Top 6 Crucial Vitamins for Men's Health

    Today, the "Standard American Diet" has become, well, standard -- especially among men. This diet is based on processed foods that are often lacking in nutrients and vitamins. The result is that many men in the United States are deficient in vitamins. In addition, men have slightly different nutritional needs than women and require more of certain vitamins to produce...
  10. Turmeric Benefits for Inflammation and Cellular Health

    Turmeric Benefits for Inflammation and Cellular Health

    In the Western world, we don't use turmeric heavily in our diet, although this is beginning to change. Many people are starting to enjoy spicy foods such as curries as part of their daily meals. Pungent spices are an integral part of Middle Eastern cuisine, Indian cuisine and even Latin American foods. In some cultures, turmeric is even made into...

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