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Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals


A TalkingNutrition Retrospective and Announcement

By Michael McBurney

Despite disturbing headlines about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is a slow news day in nutrition science. None of the newly published research studies are of particular relevance. So here is a walk through our archives for the first Monday (week) of August in past years and peek into the future.

2013: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Headaches and Brain Health. In an intent-to-treat analysis, increasing n-3 and reducing n-6 fatty acid concentrations in red blood cell (RBC) membranes led to improvements in headache pain scores, reductions in number of headache days per month, and fewer headache hours per month in 56 patients with chronic headaches.

2012: No D_rill Sergeant! Even Following Dietary Guidelines, Military Women Can’t Get Enough Vitamin D. Seventy-one women soldiers undergoing basic combat training (indoor and outdoor) were followed for 10 weeks. Despite eating a diet meeting federal nutrition guidelines, serum 25(OH)D3 concentrations of non-Caucasian recruits remained inadequate.

2011: National Health Center Week: Time to Learn about Vitamin D3 focused on emphasizing the importance of having vitamin D status measurements, being familiar with guidelines, and advice on sources of vitamin D.

2010: A Shared Responsibility. Every year, millions of children die from malnutrition. With partnersGlobal Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN),  One Goal, Partners in Food Solutions, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), Sight and Life, World Food Programme, World VisionUSAID, and Vitamin Angels,  DSM helps to educate, train professionals, and nourish the disadvantaged. Programs such as the Amsterdam Initiation on Malnutrition (AIM) and  Project Laser Beam will make a difference. DSM – Doing Something Meaningful.

Since our first blog post  four years ago, (June 3, 2010: Could Understanding Vitamin C Genes Help to Personalize Disease Risk?), today represents the 964th blog written by Julia K Bird and myself. A lot of words!

We welcome Eric Ciappio, PhD, RD to the TalkingNutrition scientific writing team. Eric is a Scientific Leader at DSM Nutritional Products. He earned his BS and MS in Nutrition from the University of Delaware and University of Massachusetts, respectively, followed by a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Nutrition from Tufts University. Join us in welcoming Eric! Watch for his blogs!


Ramsden CE, Faurot KR, Zamora D, Suchindran CH, MacIntosh BA, Gaylord S, Ringel A, Hibbeln JR, Feldstein AE, Mori TA, Barden A, Lynch C, Coble R, Mas E, Palsson O, Barrow DA, Mann JD. Targeted alteration of dietary n-3 and n-6 fatty acids for the treatment of chronic headaches: a randomized trial. 2013 Pain doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.07.028

Laura J Lutz, J Philip Karl, Jennifer C Rood, Sonya J Cable, Kelly W Williams, Andrew J Young and James P McClung. Vitamin D status, dietary intake, and bone turnover in female Soldiers during military training: a longitudinal study. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2012, 9:38 doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-9-38