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In a never-ending cycle of “we say it’s good today, then we say it’s bad tomorrow” the recent raising of the vitamin D daily recs, while acknowledging the need to increase levels in Americans, confuses consumers with a concern about whether to supplement and what levels are actually best. The following review on the matter in Natural Foods Merchandiser is extremely helpful to read… http://newhope360.com/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d-intake-levels-officially-rise?cid=nl_iu

Furthermore, I will add that those who say they aren’t sure we need to supplement Vitamin D likely haven’t looked at the food portions necessary to reach daily levels (8 glasses of milk, anyone?) or that most foods have Vitamin D2 vs Vitamin D3, which is the optimal source for humans.

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New York Times Article “What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D

I enjoyed seeing this article in the NY Times on the importance of adequate vitamin D. I am a proponent of checking these levels annually (at least) and working with your health care practitioner to improve your levels.

However, the information on food sources was a bit off and I want to clarify it as well as discuss some of the ways to improve vitamin D levels. While wild salmon and other “oily fish” are good food sources of vitamin D3 (the active form), the fortified foods mentioned (like most milk, juices etc) and mushrooms contain vitamin D2 which requires conversion in the body.  And what’s more, (more…)

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I recently returned from a trip to Bristol Bay, Alaska to explore firsthand wild Alaskan salmon – and the healing power of its fish oil. Wild salmon fish oil contains numerous nutrients that can help further explain the powerful results discussed below. Wild Alaskan Salmon fish oil – whether eating the fish or taking a wild Alaskan fish oil supplement – naturally contains omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D (which research has shown to have breast cancer prevention benefits as well as being a factor in survival once diagnosed), and astaxanthin (antioxidant which research has shown to have cancer preventive benefits) [AKA brands: Vital Choice and Wholemega by New Chapter].

Excerpted from http://newsletter.vitalchoice.com/e_article001808612.cfm?x=bh7J7mn,b3jbk3b9

The results of a very large epidemiological study from Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are making headlines worldwide.

In short, the study showed that women who took fish oil regularly were 32 percent less likely to develop breast cancer over a six-year period (Brasky TM et al. 2010).

Significantly, the researchers found no associations between breast cancer rates and any other supplements that have been proposed as possible anti-cancer aids … including soy.

Fish oil shines in unprecedented epidemiological study

The Seattle team surveyed 35,016 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 76, who were taking part in the Hutchinson Center’s Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study.

The goal was to compare the women’s breast health over the six year study period to their intake of non-vitamin, non-mineral “specialty” supplements.

The supplements asked about in the survey included fish oil, soy, black cohosh, gingko, and St. John’s Wort.

About one in 12 of the women said that they’d taken fish oil at some point, with most of those (83 percent) saying that they took fish oil at least four times a week, and 60 percent reporting that they took fish oil capsules daily.

The Seattle team compared the women’s supplement use to their breast health after six years, and adjusted the results to account for other potentially influential factors, including age, family medical history, and use of hormone replacement therapy.

In the end, the analysis showed that only fish oil was associated with any reduction in breast cancer risk.

And the reduction was quite steep … regular fish oil users were 32 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer within six years.

The nearly one-third reduction in breast cancer diagnoses among fish oil users came almost entirely from a reduction in common ductal tumors … there was no drop in the fish oil users’ risk of the far less frequent lobular tumors.

Invasive lobular carcinomas make up a small portion of all breast cancers. The most common type of breast cancer – ductal carcinoma – begins in the breast ducts.

Results are encouraging but require clinical verification

As with any epidemiological study, the associations that were found cannot prove that a cause-effect relationship exists between a dietary or lifestyle habit (such as taking fish oil) and the risk of a developing a disease.

Also, the researchers had no way of verifying those claims or knowing the exact doses of omega-3s each woman was getting from her particular fish oil regimen.

However, basic research in human cells and in animals suggests that it’s plausible that fish oil could reduce the risk of breast tumors and other common cancers.

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish fat tend to dampen inflammation, which plays a role in many common cancers … as well as in heart disease. And among other anti-cancer effects, omega-3s tend to promote “suicide” (apoptosis) among cancerous cells…

Sources

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Buzz Girls 2nd Anniversary Party

The products that were featured were as follows:

Align Digestive Care – probiotic supplement  – Not all probiotics are created equal – for optimal results, strain specificity and quantity are critical as well as viability at the time of consumption (bacteria must be alive to be effective).

Ascenta NutraSea fish oils – Not all fish oils are created equal – what matters is purity (look for “pure √” symbol), concentration, and how it is processed to prevent oxidation.

Ayala’s Herbal Water – Many are bored with plain water, this provides flavor with health benefits (i.e. digestion, stress reduction) without adding sugar, calories or artificial ingredients.

Coconut Bliss soy, dairy & gluten free ice cream – A true treat is one that is indulgent, tastes great and contains ingredients about which you can feel good.

Crofter’s Superfruit Spread – Unlike competitors’ products, this sweet taste comes from mostly organic berries and a little organic sugar.

Dr. Khalsa’s Vitamin D3 – Low Vitamin D is implicated in everything from ADD/ADHD, cancer risk and survival, and hormonal health. This site offers a test kit to test your levels, a book and supplements for further information and treatment.

Healing Movement – Raw Cultured Vegetables and Young Coconut Kefir – Optimal health begins with a healthy digestive system.  These organic products help reduce bloating, alleviate sugar cravings and assist transition to a healthy digestive tract.

Late July Organic Snacks – mini sandwich cookies – Mom knows best (in this case, Grandma, Dad and Mom)! Providing all of our favorite snack treats made healthy without sacrificing taste.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils – hemp protein and hemp seeds – In hemp, nature provides us the only food source of certain fatty acids as well as a complete protein.

Natural Calm – The Anti-Stress Drink – nutritional magnesium powder – When it comes to magnesium, whose benefits include – aiding digestion, reducing the effects of stress, and heart and bone health, this product stands out as organic and highly absorbable.

Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola – because organic can and does taste great, these products make any meal satisfying and healthier.

Nuttzo – organic, omega 3 multi-nut butter – this crazy combo of nuts and seeds provide fiber, omega 3’s, complete protein and minerals with a delicious crunch.

Olade organic, electrolytes, zero sugar added beverages – diabetics and non-diabetics alike should choose organic beverages that are naturally very low in sugar (sweetened with stevia)…and taste great!

R.W. Knudsen Sparkling Essence – light and refreshing beverages for anytime of the day.

Yummy Earth Organic Candy – lollipops, gummy bears and gummy worms – a candy you can feel better about because they are organic with no artificial coloring and per portion are lower in sugar than other candy – a treat for kids and adults alike!

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