High-Dose Vitamin D Dramatically Improves Psoriasis and Vitiligo

A pilot study illuminates that high-dose vitamin D significantly improves lesions and depigmentation in psoriasis and vitiligo, respectively. Because Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in the pathophysiology of autoimmune responses, these findings may be applicable to other autoimmune disorders.

Vitamin D: A Hormone Critical to Health

Vitamin D insufficiency is a pandemic affecting nearly half of people worldwide, while one billion people are classified as vitamin D deficient . Hypovitaminosis D, or vitamin D deficiency, represents an independent predictor of total mortality in the general population, and conversely, vitamin D supplementation has been illustrated to be protective against mortality . Continue reading

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, and More

It has become abundantly clear that vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic across the world and could be contributing to hundreds of common health problems. In fact, correcting your vitamin D deficiency may cut your risk of dying from any cause by 50 percent, according to one analysis.

If this sounds too incredible to be true, consider that vitamin D influences nearly 3,000 of your 24,000 genes. This occurs via vitamin D receptors, which can be found throughout your body, and should come as no great surprise given that humans evolved in the sun. Continue reading

You Might Want to Stay With the Colonoscopy

“It’s like drinking a dozen Guinness stouts compressed into one. But with a soapy aftertaste. Like soapy anchovies. ” Mmmm! That was my friend’s attempt to describe the “worst thing I ever put in my mouth.”  That “thing” is a laxative drink. It’s the notorious colonoscopy prep. You have to drink a few liters of it the night before your procedure.  Ask anyone who’s been there and done that. After the laxative, the colonoscopy is a breeze.

But all that is in the past now, according to the Mayo Clinic. Doctors there have developed a new laxative in pill form. Easy! Unfortunately, there’s a catch. And it’s a HUGE catch.  So here’s fair warning… Don’t fall for it. Continue reading

Elemental Calcium Supplements: Relative Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Arthritis, and More? WHAT!!

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  • Taking elemental calcium supplements (with or without vitamin D) in amounts of 500 mg or more may actually increase your relative risk of heart attack by up to 27 percent, and may even increase your risk of stroke
  • Taking the wrong type of calcium and in isolation, without complementary nutrients like magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K, which help keep your body in balance, can have adverse effects, such as calcium building up in coronary arteries and causing heart attacks. Continue reading

The “Calcium Lie” Every Woman Should Know About

Posted By Dr. Mercola | December 21 2010

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by porous and fragile bones. It affects 44 million Americans, striking 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 5 men. Those with osteoporosis are at increased risk of height loss, fractures of the hips, wrists and vertebrae, and chronic pain.  If you’ve been led to believe that the key to preventing osteoporosis is increasing your calcium intake and starting on a regimen of pharmaceutical drugs, you’re not alone.

I’m here to lead you past all of the confusing and conflicting information about osteoporosis and down a safer, more effective road to preventing bone loss and osteoporosis.  Read on to learn the truth about osteoporosis and calcium deficiency, what vitamins can make a real difference, and the surprising connection between bone loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Calcium Supplements Don’t Build Strong Bones‏

Al Sears, MD
11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

November 3, 2009

Don’t waste your money on calcium supplements.  If you’re taking them hoping to build strong bones and avoid osteoporosis you’ll be let down on both fronts.  Doctors and drug companies push the idea that the best way to treat and prevent osteoporosis is by taking lots of calcium. This simply isn’t true.

Osteoporosis isn’t caused by a lack of calcium.

Studies come to the same conclusion: calcium intake does not prevent fractures due to bone loss.

  • The Harvard Nurses’ Study is one of the most complete and well-conducted studies in science. The study followed 77,761 nurses. For 12 years, researchers examined the association between dietary calcium and bone fractures.

Results showed there was no protection from fractures with any dose of calcium intake. Nurses who had the highest calcium intakes actually had an increased risk of bone fracture.1 Continue reading

The Milk Myth (Pasteurized vs. Raw): What Your Body Really Needs

A recent study claims that young adults are not drinking enough milk — at least according to press reports on the matter. But according to the study’s lead author Nicole Larson, the focus on the study was on calcium.  The words “milk” and “calcium” are often used interchangeably in the popular press. But while milk is a calcium source, no standard other than that of the National Dairy Council considers it the best calcium source.

The suggestion that you need to drink three glasses of the secretion of a cow’s mammary glands in order to be healthy is a bit outrageous and doesn’t fit the human evolutionary profile. In fact, most humans around the world cannot easily digest cow milk.

Yogurt has more calcium than milk and is easier to digest. Collards and other greens also have about as much or more calcium than milk by the cup. Greens, unlike milk, have the added benefit of vitamin K, also necessary for strong bones. Sesame is also very high in calcium. Continue reading

Do You Really Need Calcium?

 

By: Christopher BarrNaturally SpeakingJanuary 23, 2008http://healthtruthrevealed.com/full-page.php?id=1558492201&&page=article
 
Surprising and not surprising calcium news“Study suggests heart risk from calcium supplements,” declared the Reuters “news” headline about a British Medical Journal study. The headline was surprising as calcium is the only mineral supplement that modern medicine believes in.  It is common to see medical attacks upon nutrition but that usually does not include the mineral calcium.

The headline was not surprising as this columnist has been teaching this same thing through three decades. The study noted in the news reported about 50 per cent more women suffered heart attacks taking calcium supplements than those women that did not take calcium supplements. The news was surprising because it also acknowledged that increasing calcium levels by taking supplements may increase plaque build-up in the arteries. Continue reading

Calcium and Its Food Sources

Calcium Better From Food, Says New Study:
Here are the 26 Top Calcium Food Sources

by www.SixWise.com

 

You all know that calcium is good for your bones, but when it comes to where to get your calcium, well, that’s another story.

Visit any health food store or supermarket and you’ll see close to an entire aisle devoted to calcium supplements. Then there are the claims on food packages like cheese, ice cream, and even fortified orange juice that THEY are the best sources.

So which is it?

Your Best Source of Calcium is From Your Food

Eating calcium-rich foods is a better method to strengthen your bones than taking calcium supplements alone, according to researchers from Washington University in St. Louis.  In the study, women who consumed an average of 830 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day in the foods they ate had higher bone-mineral densities (BMDs) than women who took 1,033 mg of calcium in supplement form.

Interestingly, if you’re going to choose one or the other, food appears to be the winner. However, a combination of both food and supplements may also be beneficial.  Women who got at least 70 percent of their calcium from food, and took calcium supplements, had the highest BMDs of all and took in 1,620 mg of calcium per day.

What Else is Calcium Good For?

About 1.5 percent of your body weight is made up of calcium, 99 percent of which is in your bones and teeth.  Calcium not only helps the strength and density of your bones, it also impacts the metabolism of estrogen in your body, which plays a role in your bone strength.

Calcium also plays a part in many other body functions, including:

  • Blood clotting
  • Nerve conduction
  • Muscle contraction
  • Regulation of enzyme activity
  • Cell membrane function

Interestingly, your body makes sure that there is enough calcium circulating in your blood to do its part in these physiological activities. If you don’t get enough of this mineral through your diet or supplements, however, it means that your blood levels of calcium will be low.

 Spinach is one of the best food sources of calcium there is (and other leafy greens are a close second).

To compensate, your body will take calcium from your bones to keep your blood calcium levels where they need to be. Over time, this can weaken your bones and lead to osteoporosis.  This is why it’s so important to make sure you and your family are getting enough of this important mineral.

The Best Food Sources of Calcium

Contrary to popular belief, dairy foods are not the only sources of calcium. Here are some of the best food sources of calcium out there, including not only dairy foods but a range of others as well:

  1. Spinach
  2. Turnip greens
  3. Mustard greens
  4. Collard greens
  5. Blackstrap molasses
  6. Swiss chard
  7. Yogurt
  8. Kale
  9. Mozzarella cheese
  10. Milk (goat’s milk and cow’s milk)
  11. Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
  12. Romaine lettuce
  13. Rhubarb
  1. Celery
  2. Broccoli
  3. Sesame seeds
  4. Fennel
  5. Cabbage
  6. Summer squash
  7. Green beans
  8. Garlic
  9. Tofu
  10. Brussel sprouts
  11. Oranges
  12. Asparagus
  13. Crimini mushrooms

Looking for a calcium-rich dish that you and your family can enjoy tonight? Try out these delicious and simple calcium-packed side-dishes with your meal.