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Fish oil cuts heart attack risk, vitamin D lowers odds of cancer death

A large US study designed to gauge the health benefits of vitamin D and fish oil supplements concludes that the omega-3 oil can dramatically reduce the odds of a heart attack while vitamin D’s benefits seem to come from lowering the risk of death from cancer. Neither vitamin D nor fish oil lowered the odds of stroke or of getting cancer in the first place in the trial, whose participants did not know whether they were taking the real supplements or a dummy pill. The heart attack rate in fish oil recipients was 28 per…

Taking vitamin D supplements may not improve bone health

Vitamin D supplementation may not improve bone density or prevent fractures and falls in adults, a large new analysis suggests. After combining data from 81 randomized controlled trials, researchers found no bone benefits from supplementing the vitamin, according to the report in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. “Our results show that there is little reason for adults to take vitamin D supplements for their bones to protect against fractures, except people from high risk groups, such as those who have a…

Super Foods That Are High in Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the only nutrient your body produces when exposed to sunlight. However, up to 50% of the world's population may not get enough sun, and 40% of us are deficient in vitamin D (1, 2). This is partly because people spend more time indoors, wear sunblock outside and eat a Western diet low in good sources of this vitamin. If you don't get enough sunlight, you should incorporate these foods into your daily diet to overcome Vitamin D deficiency. Salmon Salmon is a popular fatty fish and a great source of…

Experts suggest ways children can get Vitamin D

NEW YORK: Parents and caregivers should be aware of the three ways children can get the vitamin D they need, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. Although many people know calcium and vitamin D are vital for building healthy bones, not everyone knows calcium can only be absorbed when vitamin D is present. “Vitamin D is sometimes misunderstood and underappreciated, especially when it works as a silent partner with calcium,” said Dr. Megan Moreno of the University of Wisconsin…

Vitamin D linked to lower risk of cancer: study

Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, a study in Japanese adults reported Thursday. "These findings support the hypothesis that Vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many sites," researchers reported in a study published in The BMJ medical journal. Vitamin D is made by the skin in response to sunlight. By maintaining calcium levels in the body, it helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.  While the benefits of Vitamin D on bone health…

Vitamin D, calcium supplements may not lower fracture risk

NEW YORK: Older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who don’t use these supplements, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 33 previous trials with a total of more than 51,000 people aged 50 or older who were living in the community, not in nursing homes or other institutional settings. They found no difference in fracture risk among people who got no treatment, a placebo or dummy pill, or vitamin D and calcium alone or in combination.…

Vitamin D supplements linked to lower risk of asthma attacks

LONDON: Asthma attacks serious enough to require steroid treatment or hospitalization may be less likely when people take vitamin D supplements, a recent analysis suggests. Researchers examined data combined from seven previously published studies with a total of 955 asthma patients who were randomly selected to take vitamin D or a placebo pill, in addition to any other medicines prescribed to manage their symptoms. When asthma patients took vitamin D supplements, they were 54 percent less likely to have an attack…

Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study claims

PARIS: Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, said a study Thursday which reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements. A review of 25 clinical trials in 14 countries, some with conflicting results, yielded "the first definitive evidence" of a link between vitamin D and flu prevention, researchers claimed in The BMJ medical journal. The effects were strongest for people with very low levels of the nutrient which is found in some foods and can be…