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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

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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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    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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