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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

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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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    Could higher vitamin D intake in childhood help end the global diabetes epidemic?

    This week 14 November was World Diabetes Day. The number of people living with diabetes worldwide is rapidly rising, with an estimated 422 million adults affected in 2014 compared with 108 million in 1980. As the issue becomes more pressing, research is increasingly focusing on the condition and the factors that may influence the risk of it developing. A recent study, in particular, has found a strong link between a higher intake of vitamin D in childhood and a decreased risk of type 1 diabetes.

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