Vitamin D Linked to Lower Heart Risk

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
According to new research, vitamin D supplements may not only help your bones, they may help protect your heart. A new review of research on vitamin D and calcium supplements shows that people who take moderate to high doses of vitamin D have a lower risk of heart disease -- while calcium supplements seemed to have little effect on heart disease risk. Here's the full report from WebMD: Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to exposure to sunlight but is also commonly found in fortified dairy products and supplements. It is already known to play a critical role in calcium absorption and bone health, but a growing number of studies suggest that vitamin D supplementation may also lower the risk of heart disease. Researchers say vitamin D and…
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Can Vitamin D Ease Fibromyalgia Pain?

Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because when sunlight hits skin, the body produces this vitamin, essential for strong, healthy bones. However, a mountain of new evidence suggests that the vitamin may have a more versatile role than previously thought, particularly when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system and boosting mood. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with more severe asthma, colds, seasonal affective disorder, depression, a number of types of cancer, and even chronic pain or fibromyalgia. So does that mean that taking more vitamin D (or spending a bit more time in the sun) can combat fibromyalgia? Not just yet. But, here's a hopeful report from Health.com on the topic that may be of help to those wrestling with fibromyalgia: Studies have found that…
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In Lab Tests Vitamin D Shrinks Breast Cancer Cells

Cancer, Nutritional Health
I've posted a number of blogs about the fact that vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency (low levels of serum vitamin D) is associated with a number of types of cancer, as well as diabetes and asthma, but now new research also shows that vitamin D can kill human cancer cells. The results of this new research fall far short of an immediate cancer cure, but they are encouraging, medical professionals say in a report from ABC News. JoEllen Welsh, a researcher with the State University of New York at Albany, has studied the effects of vitamin D for 25 years. Part of her research involves taking human breast cancer cells and treating them with a potent form of vitamin D. She reports that within a few days, half the cancer cells shriveled up…
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