Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

    Vitamin D supports your health - but what if you're already in the hospital?

    We’ve all heard about the benefits of vitamin D – ranging from bone health, to immune health, to muscle health. Recent data has even shown that vitamin D status is inversely related to mortality and there’s even data to demonstrate that for hospitalized patients, vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher odds of developing a hospital-borne infection. So what do we know about the impact of vitamin D deficiency on mortality in hospitalized patients?

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    How Does Vitamin D Deficiency Affect Risk of Pregnancy Complications?

    Pregnancy is not a disease. Nevertheless, it is associated with increased risk to the health of the expectant mother, which can in turn affect the unborn child. Regular visits with trained professionals can help to identify and reduce some of the risks of pregnancy. Nutrition is considered to be a modifiable factor that can affect the progress or outcome of a pregnancy. Can vitamin D help pregnant women avoid complications?

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    Choices in Nutrition: What Will You Decide?

    In nutrition, it seems like we are often presented with lifestyle changes that involve two or more seemingly opposing choices. These can be argued passionately, with advocates on both sides producing compelling arguments. How does this relate to a recent study on resveratrol? 

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    Milestone: Our History in Posting this 1000th Blog

    Today, TalkingNutrition posts its 1000th blog. Let’s take a moment to reflect on our history. After months of practice behind the DSM firewall, the TalkingNutrition blog was launched in the real world on July 5, 2010, along with a monthly newsletter and events calendar.

    On August 9, 2010, @DSMNutrition was created. 

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    Why it is Healthy to Eat Foods from Around the World

    We choose to eat at home or away-from-home. Eating at home requires buying groceries. Jahns and colleagues analyzed foods advertised in weekly circulars from one supermarket chain with 8 stores in a predominantly non-Hispanic white, midWestern US city (Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2009). Advertised foods were aggregated into MyPlate food groups:  fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, dairy and oils. 

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    Multivitamins aren’t Drugs but they are Supplements

    Headlines might have you believe vitamin supplements are a wasted investment. How can efforts to achieve recommended nutrient intakes be so distorted? The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are nutrient reference values set the by Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. They are intended to serve as a guide for good nutrition.

    The reality is many, many people are not consuming enough vitamin and mineral -rich foods to meet the DRIs

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    Improving Nutritional Status to Support Eye Health: Reading, Listening, Acting

    Of the five senses, sight and sound are the most important for learning. While all senses are important,  many people particularly fear the loss of eyesight. Boyers and colleagues sought to determine if scientific effort is an accurate reflection of the global burden of eye and vision disease.

    Their detailed examination of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found gaps in the literature. Age-related diseases (cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration) received the most attention, 

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    Heading into Autumn Equinox, Vitamin D is Top of Mind (Again)

    Have all the vitamin D researchers been on vacation? Who would believe that it has been almost a month since our last blog on vitamin D? Today’s blog highlights a new scientific report on the role of vitamin D in older adults. Takehome message: “Plasma 25(OH)D concentrations predict subsequent lower 13-y total mortality and incident cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and fractures.

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