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Calcium Supplements Are Safe, But The Best Source Is The Diet

To combat osteoporosis, patients should maintain an adequate intake of calcium, but the source of the important mineral is essential to its effectiveness, In fact, say researchers at the University of California San Francisco who reviewed earlier studies, patients and health care practitioners should focus on getting calcium from the diet – e.g., food products fortified with calcium, plus kale, broccoli and bok choy – rather than from supplements. The researchers noted, however, that if patients cannot get adequate calcium from the diet, supplements are safe and not associated with cardiovascular problems, despite recent reports to the contrary.

"Calcium Supplements and Fracture Prevention", New England Journal of Medicine, October 17, 2013

Doctors Report On Cases Of Severe Liver Damage After Consumption Of Weight Loss Supplements

U.S. researchers have reported on four cases of severe liver problems that occurred after consumption of weight loss supplements, an energy drink and an energy drink. In one case, a woman who had fasted for three weeks, then ingested SlimQuick for two days, suffered liver failure and underwent a liver transplant. Other case studies involved: a woman who entered the early stages of cirrhosis after taking black cohosh to ease menstrual symptoms; a man who developed liver failure after consuming three Rockstar Sugar Free energy drinks; and a woman who suffered liver injury after three weeks of drinking Ripped Fuel, an advanced weight loss supplement. Diagnosis of liver problems is difficult when weight loss supplements are involved because patients often fail to inform their physicians.

"Herbal Weight Loss Supplements Energy Drink Associated With Liver Damage, Liver Failure", News release, case reports presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual scientific meeting, October 14, 2013

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Interval Training Coupled With Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk Of Heart Disease

A Canadian study has found that people with abdominal obesity – and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol – can reduce that risk by participating in high-intensity interval training coupled with nutritional counseling on the Mediterranean diet. Researchers reported an average reduction in waist circumference of eight centimeters, a reduction in systolic blood pressure of 6 mm Hg and an aerobic fitness improvement of 15 percent over the first nine months of the study. On average, blood sugar levels improved by 23 percent in diabetic participants; the improvement was about 10 percent in individuals with pre-diabetes.

"Training Mediterranean Diet Cuts Health Risks in Obese Individuals", News release, study released at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, October 24, 2013

No Risk That Vitamin D Causes Kidney Stones

Despite findings from earlier studies, vitamin D supplementation does not increase the risk of developing kidney stones, according to a U.S. study. Researchers looked at data collected from 2,012 participants of all ages over 19 months. The news should come as a relief for many patients because evidence is growing that a vitamin D serum level in the therapeutic range of 40 to 50 ng/mL reduces the risk of many diseases, including breast and colorectal cancer. The study did show that older males with higher body mass index were more likely to develop kidney stones.

"25-Hydroxyvitamin D in the Range of 20 to 100 ng/mL and Incidence of Kidney Stones", American Journal of Public Health, October 17, 2013

Americans Can Boost Fiber Intake By Adding Small Amounts Of Citrus Powder To Ground Meat

Americans whose diet lacks sufficient fiber could reduce that fiber deficit by adding citrus fiber to ground beef without harming the quality and taste of the meat. U.S. researchers prepared three batches of meatballs – which normally contain no fiber– each with a different percentages of sweet and tangy citrus powder substituted for meat. They found that citrus fiber boosted the cooking yield of the meatball recipe. The texture and color of the meatballs remained acceptable at the one and five percent levels. The ten percent level proved unacceptable. A serving of the citrus meatballs, containing two percent citrus powder, contains approximately five grams of fiber.

"Adding Citrus Fiber to Meatballs Improves Nutritional Quality, Does Not Affect Taste", News release, ongoing research, University of Missouri, October 15, 2013

Lengthening Healthy Life Expectancy

Nutraceuticals World, October 01, 2013

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