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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

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    Higher levels of vitamin D associated with lower risk of breast cancer morbidity and mortality

    Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the diagnosis of breast cancer is growing in the developing world, due to increased life expectancy, increased urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.[1] A new study suggests higher vitamin D levels are associated with lower risk of breast cancer progression and mortality. [2]

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    Circulatory and cognitive benefits of resveratrol: benefits for an aging population

    A healthy circulation is essential for healthy aging, yet many risk factors that contribute to the increasing rates of disability in our aging society, such as smoking, obesity and other components of metabolic syndrome, do so by undermining circulatory function. This results in adverse effects extending well beyond cardiovascular disease. Apart from deleterious metabolic and inflammatory changes affecting muscles and joints, poor tissue perfusion in the brain has been implicated in the severity of cognitive decline with aging

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    Will new research on the interplay between low vitamin D levels and negative psychotic symptoms affect the market for antidepressants?

    New scientific findings from Norway (1) reveal a strong association between low vitamin D levels in the blood and increased negative psychotic symptoms and depression. Negative psychotic symptoms are loss of positive interpersonal communication functions, such as the lack of emotions and interest in other people and of ideas. In Europe, around 37% of the population is concerned about mental health (2).

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    DSM enforces high-quality nutrition and trusted partnerships as key to achieving sustainable societal and economic progress

    The Micronutrient Forum (MNF) envisions a world where all people have access to essential micronutrients at levels needed to promote health, prevent disease, and bring hidden hunger to an end. The 2016 conference focused on women’s nutrition as a catalyst for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), whereas nutrition has a role to play in all 17 goals. The health and wellbeing of women and girls are critical to enable healthy human lives, unlocking human potential, and ultimately sustainable development.

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    What do your platelets say about you?

    You may not know this, but your blood platelet behavior can provide a snapshot of your lifestyle and general cardiovascular health.

    The workings of these cell fragments are a mystery to many of us. And yet they hold great power – our platelets govern the liquidity of our blood, and are capable of turning flowing blood into a gel in our vessels, if correctly stimulated. For all their importance, platelets are hostage to our diet and lifestyle, as platelets have no nucleus and rely on the blood plasma contents to supply their needs.

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