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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

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    Vitamin K insufficiency linked to cardiovascular disease and mortality

    Vitamin K’s link to heart health is less established than other key nutrients such as omega-3s and vitamins C, D and E. However, a new study has shown that vitamin K insufficiency is significantly higher in people with cardiovascular disease, and also strongly linked to increased risk of cardiovascular mortality. This highlights the need for better awareness of vitamin K cardioprotective benefits, as well as increased consumption via dietary supplements. 

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    Boosting brain health: could vitamin E be the key to healthy aging?

    Aging is a very complex biological process and is influenced by a number of factors. A new study suggests that vitamin E supplementation may help to support healthy aging and cognitive health.

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    Omega-3s and heart rate: keeping a finger on the pulse

    Elevated heart rate is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. There is emerging evidence to suggest that the omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have a heart rate-slowing effect on individuals, particularly those with a risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), like coronary artery disease patients. A new meta-analysis was conducted by DSM and Soochow University in China to investigate the efficacy of EPA and DHA on heart rate reduction, when taken both together and alone.

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    US physicians have less than the recommended blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids

    Healthcare professionals are viewed by many individuals as being a leading source of health information. However, a new study has found that 95% of a group of US family physicians had an Omega-3 Index below 8%, a blood level of omega-3 fatty acids that has been suggested for cardioprotection. These findings present an opportunity to improve omega-3 levels in populations globally by raising awareness among physicians about their own omega-3 status, so they can make better-informed recommendations to patients. 

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    Outcomes from the International Congress of Nutrition provide insights into the impact of inadequate nutrient status on health

    According to a recent global survey, most people recognize that it is important to stay active and have good nutrition. And in Europe alone, weight appears to be the main health concern of adults. Research presented at the IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) highlighted how high obesity levels across Europe have led to increased interest in diets and weight loss. However, many weight management diets that include reducing food intake can result in inadequate micronutrient intake, which may bring a number of health risks. Increasing the consumption of nutrient-dense foods via fortification and supplements can help meet this growing challenge.

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