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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

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    Can nutrition help to protect our eyes as we age?

    March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, which provides a valuable opportunity to consider the impact our lifestyles and day-to-day activities can have on eye health throughout life. With daily consumption of digital technology increasingly widespread across the globe, particularly in office environments, chronic eye problems and injuries are no longer restricted to those in dangerous or labor-intensive careers. Indeed, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that long-term, prolonged exposure to blue light from sunlight and digital devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones, may contribute to an increased risk of visual impairment in later life.

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    Why do some people age healthier than others?

    Life expectancy has increased substantially in recent years, but this is matched by the steady growth of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This has significant health and economic implications for both the individual and for society. With the world on the brink of a global health challenge, the right preventative measures need to be put in place before the problem inevitably worsens. A recent review suggests that nutritional intervention could play a key role in promoting health aging as part of a preventative approach.

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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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