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Vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin is one of the hottest ingredients on the market today. Supplement sales are growing by over 100% year on year as more science emerges to support its potential benefits. Fortified and functional foods are also offering novel delivery systems for this ingredient.

Supplements on wheels: Vitamin D trial shows promise for reducing falls in homebound elderly

Delivering vitamin D supplements to homebound elderly people through a ‘meals-on-wheels’ program could help improve vitamin D levels and reduce falls, say researchers.

High doses of vitamin D fail to boost calcium absorption, bone mineral density, study finds

High doses of vitamin D are no more effective than a placebo at improving muscle function and preventing falls and fractures in older adults who are deficient, according to recently...

Special edition: Immune support

Presenteeism: A new window of opportunity for immune supplements?

Presenteeism - or showing up for work despite being ill - is on the rise. Could this be an opportunity for immunity-boosting supplements, or is it a trend to fight...

Calcium and vitamin D may not help menopause symptoms: Trial data

Women should not rely on vitamin D and calcium supplements to relieve menopausal symptoms, say researchers behind a new large-scale follow up study.

Vitamin D twice IoM’s recommendation does not increase toxicity risk

New research from the Mayo Clinic supports the safety of the tolerable upper limit of vitamin D intake espoused by the Endocrine Society, which is significantly higher than the recently...

What impact will mid-life vitamin D levels have on cognitive health 13 years later?

Higher vitamin D levels at middle age may pre-determine better cognitive outcomes later in life, according to a 13-year follow-up study.

Vitamin D2 vs D3: Same for boosting D levels but D3 superior for sustaining levels?

There is no difference between vitamin D2 and D3 for raising blood levels of the vitamin, but D3 is superior for sustaining those levels, says a new study from Argentina.

High-dose vitamin diets reduce sugar cravings: Rat study

Baby rats whose mothers are given high levels of vitamins A, D, E, and K while pregnant have a reduced preference for sugar, say Canadian scientists.

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.

We shouldn’t recommend vitamin D supplements for chronic diseases: Researchers

Vitamin D should not be recommended to prevent chronic disease because such benefits have not been confirmed and adverse effects of over-consumption can’t be ruled out, according to a review....

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

Researchers delve into nutrition solutions for illness–prone athletes

There is a need for greater research into nutrition solutions for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) that are common in athletes, according to the researcher behind a study on the...

Vitamin D may boost immune response to colorectal cancer risk

Vitamin D may help to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by priming the immune system to respond against tumour cells, according to new data.

Low vitamin D status may mean longer respiratory support for intensive care patients

Vitamin D status may impact the duration of respiratory support required by intensive care unit (ICU) patients, according to a cohort study.

Did the Institute of Medicine miscalculate the RDA for vitamin D?

The RDA for vitamin D is based on a miscalculation and should actually be higher than the tolerable upper level for the nutrient, say academics.

Vitamin D supplements should be taken with a meal to boost absorption: Study

Vitamin D supplements should be recommended to be taken with a meal containing fat to optimize the absorption of the nutrient, says a new study from Tufts University and supported...

Folic acid & vitamin B12 may not improve cognitive performance, says 2-year study

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) do not benefit thinking and memory in elderly people despite lowering levels of an Alzheimer's-linked protein, according to the largest study of its kind....

Vitamin D3 can reduce atopic dermatitis in kids via 'innate immunity': Study

Vitamin D supplementation improves winter-related atopic dermatitis (AD) in children at risk of vitamin D deficiency and could provide a safe alternative to UV light treatment, according to a new...

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Actions urged to combat widespread European vitamin D deficiencies

Greater vitamin D fortification of foods and supplementation can help tackle vitamin D deficiencies that remain prevalent across Europe – with Finland a good example of the success of such...

Genetic research casts doubt on vitamin D's ability to prevent T2 diabetes

Vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes, according to a genetic study from the University of Cambridge.

Nordic Naturals boosts offerings for 'niche' sports market

Nordic Naturals has extended its line of omega-3 supplements that are NSF Certified for Sport with a liquid form of its Omega-D3 Sport line, which the company says is the...

Omega-3s and vitamin D first focus for Global Nutrition & Health Alliance

The just-formed Global Nutrition & Health Alliance (GNHA) is tackling intake levels for vitamin D and omega-3 as the group formed by medical and health experts kicks into life.

Vitamin D ‘should be considered’ for epileptics: Study

Patients with epilepsy on antiepileptic drugs should consider vitamin D supplementation as they are often deficient and are at higher risk of poor bone health and fractures, suggest researchers..

More vitamin D in UK foods than previously: Study

The UK should update vitamin D food and supplement content estimations that have the knock-on effect of distorting population intake levels of the sunshine vitamin by about 3%, a study...

Functional food giving supplements a run for their money: Packaged Facts

After taking a hit due to recent negative press and a consumer shift toward more use of functional food and beverages, the US nutritional supplements market will see growth return...

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