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Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals


    Micronutrient Supplementation and Children Living in Impoverished Environments

    Children under 5y of age are particularly susceptible to anemia, infections, and diarrhea. Children from the poorest households are nearly twice as likely as their counterparts to die before their 5th birthday.  

    Nutrition and sanitation are key elements to slow, and hopefully stop, cycles of poverty and disadvantage. Nutritional supplements in the form of micronutrient powders (MNPs) or ready-to-use-foods (RUTF) can help provide young children with essential vitamins and minerals. MNPs can be added to food prepared for infants and young children.

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    European Vitamin D Pandemic is Solvable

    A pandemic is occurring in Europe. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic, covering  a very wide area, and crossing international boundaries. It affects a large number of people. In fact, 13% of Europeans are vitamin D deficient (<30 nmol/L).

    In the first multi-nation report using standardized serum 25(OH)D data, from a wide range of ages (children, adolescents, adults and elderly adults) in 55,844 individuals, Cashman and colleagues  identify enormous numbers of Europeans from southern and northern locations are at risk of metabolic bone disease. 

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    Is the Liver being Affected by the Double Burden of Hidden Hunger and Overnutrition?

    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in North America. Yesterday, I discussed the prevalence of suboptimal vitamin E status and its role in maintaining normal liver function.  With more and more people being overweight and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the prevalence of NAFLD is increasing

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    Could Trends in Metabolic Syndrome be Associated with Vitamin E Status?

    Good news! Nationally representative data collected between 1999 and 2012 finds a reduction in the severity of metabolic syndrome among US adolescents. It was a linear trend. Interestingly, increasing unsaturated fat intake was beneficial. You may ask why.

    Vitamin E is found in many foods (in small quantities) but most often in association with unsaturated fats – vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds – to protect them from oxidation. In brief, people eating more unsaturated fat will likely be consuming more vitamin E. 

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    Circulating Carotenoid Concentrations, Disease Risk, and Genetics

    Scientific interest in antioxidants seems to be waning – for no apparent reason. If anything, limited consumption of vegetables (and fruit) should be driving consumer and researcher interest. Why? Because previous studies have found maintaining high concentrations of serum carotenoids may protect against heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease mortality.

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