Consuming vitamin D during pregnancy tied to lower risk of underweight babies

Women who take vitamin D during pregnancy may be less likely to have underweight babies, according to a research review that also suggests these supplements may also be associated with a lower risk of foetal or infant mortality

Consuming vitamin D during pregnancy tied to lower risk of underweight babiesOverall, mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy were 28 per cent less likely to have underweight newborns or babies who died in the womb or during infancy, the study found. But prenatal vitamin D supplements only appeared to have these benefits when women took 2,000 International Units (IU) or less each day. This amount […]

Higher vitamin D blood levels in women tied to lower risk of breast cancer

Vitamin D is hailed as a wonder nutrient, capable of lowering a person's risk of different forms of cancer. Recent research now confirms that people with high enough levels of this vitamin in their blood have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer

Higher vitamin D blood levels in women tied to lower risk of breast cancer  Results from a new study published today in PLOS ONE shows women who have higher vitamin D blood levels have a significantly lower risk for breast cancer. Analyses were done combining data from two randomized trials conducted at Creighton University with data from a cohort from GrassrootsHealth. The combined data included more than 5000 […]

Immunity boosting nutrients which you should include in your kid’s diet

The right nutrition in early years of life, starting from birth, is crucial in building a strong immune system of your child; and parents play a pivotal role in laying this foundation. A well-balanced nutritious diet can strengthen your children’s immune system resulting in fewer episodes of runny noses, colds and gastrointestinal symptoms

Immunity boosting nutrients which you should include in your kid’s dietA balance mix of all major nutrients along with essential vitamins and minerals, can keep your child’s immune system strong. Good nutrition helps in early recovery, more efficiently and leading to less complications. When children get exposed to viruses or pathogens, someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable to catch infection than one […]

Vitamin D improves weight gain and overall development in malnourished kids

High dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and the development of language and motor skills in malnourished children, according to a new study

Vitamin D improves weight gain and overall development in malnourished kidsHigh dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and the development of language and motor skills in malnourished children, according to a study led by University of the Punjab, Pakistan, and Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D – the ‘sunshine vitamin’ – is well known for its beneficial effects on bone and muscle health, […]

Belly fat tied to vitamin D deficiency, suggest study

Obese people who carry much of their excess fat around their waist are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, new research warns. The finding highlights yet another damaging health effect of obesity. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to poor bone health, as well as increased risk for respiratory infection, autoimmune disorders and heart disease

Belly fat tied to vitamin D deficiency, suggest studyProduced in our skin on contact with sunlight, vitamin D plays a myriad of roles in the human body. Recent studies have found that vitamin D might protect against heart failure, diabetes, and cancer, and that vitamin D deficiency causes hair loss. Vitamin D deficiency has traditionally been linked to bone health, but it may […]

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesight

More time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. The size of the effect was impressive

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesightThe ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes? While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have […]

Increasing vitamin D intake helps lower cancer risk, says study

Researchers found that overall, higher Vitamin D levels were associated with a 20 per cent lower cancer risk for both genders. The risk of liver cancer dropped even more, by up to 50 per cent, especially for men

Increasing vitamin D intake helps lower cancer risk, says studyHigh levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of developing cancer, including liver cancer, a study published today in the British Medical Journal has said. The researchers said their findings support the theory that vitamin D might help protect against some cancers. Vitamin D is made by the skin in response […]

Exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes a week beneficial to infants, says study  

India gets abundant sunlight throughout the year. Still most of the Indian population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. According to the experts, the study done in New Delhi is not only relevant for infants but also holds true for adults

Exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes a week beneficial to infants, says study  In Indian tradition, it is a well-known practice to massage an infant and then keep him/her in the sunlight for a while. This is done to give the baby adequate exposure to sunlight. Now, a study done by doctors at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi shows this custom really does benefit infants.  […]

Why eating yogurt may be good for the bones

After adjusting for age, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption and other health and behavioural characteristics, researchers found that compared with those who were not yogurt eaters, people who ate yogurt daily had a 3 percent to 4 percent increase in bone mineral density

Why eating yogurt may be good for the bonesEating yogurt may lead to stronger bones. According to a study, published in Osteoporosis International. Eating yogurt may lead to stronger bones. For the study researchers tracked 4,310 Irish adults 60 and older, gathering information on diet and lifestyle using questionnaires. They measured bone density and joint deterioration with X-rays and M.R.I., and tested participants’ […]

Vitamin D can protect against heart failure after a heart attack

Heart failure is a life-threatening condition affecting an estimated 23 million people worldwide. New research has shown how vitamin D may help protect heart tissue and prevent heart failure after a heart attack, potentially offering a low-cost addition to existing treatments for heart failure

Vitamin D can protect against heart failure after a heart attackThe team at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research found that vitamin D prevents excessive scarring and thickening of heart tissue following a heart attack, which may help reduce the risk of heart failure. Researchers used mouse models to investigate the impact of 1,25D, a form of vitamin D that interacts with hormones, on the […]