A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin shows that high-protein diets can rob your body of calcium, even if you get plenty in your system. In fact, the study further shows that vegetables are a better source of calcium than cow milk because it doesn’t have the same protein that would absorb the calcium that your bones should be getting. Read more
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New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the bearer of good and bad news. The bad news: over 90% of African-Americans have a vitamin D deficiency. The good news is that adding a 4,000 IU daily Vitamin D supplement can eliminate the deficiency in as little as one year.
The study compared vitamin D levels and supplementation with 47 African-American and white males with an average age of 64. At the onset of the study, 90% of the African-American men had a vitamin D deficiency and 66% had “very low” levels. There were also significant disparities between vitamin D levels in the blood between African-American participants and white participants.
There are two reasons for the disparity. First, various studies have shown that darker skin limits a person’s ability to produce vitamin D. Second, most people who live in northern countries are not able to get the necessary sun rays to get vitamin D, particularly in the winter. This means you really find yourself at a vitamin D disadvantage if you have darker skin and live in a northern country like the United States.
Researchers provided all 47 participants with 4,000 IU of vitamin D and found that disparities in the concentration of vitamin D in the blood between white and African-American participants was gone in one year.
Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, the lead researcher on the study, hopes for a “Vitamin D3-based intervention targeting adult African-Americans.” Certainly with studies claiming that as many as 90% of African-Americans suffer from a vitamin D deficiency, there is a growing need for African-Americans to supplement their diet with vitamin D3 to help reverse the adverse effects of deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency is closely related to osteoporosis, muscle weakness, bone weakness, common cancers and leaves your body at a larger risk for auto-immune diseases, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and type-1 diabetes.
While we often associate undeveloped countries with malnutrition, it is the most developed nations in the world like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and The Netherlands making headlines for what researchers are calling “widespread vitamin deficiencies in the population.” Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researcher Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer says that this is the first time that they have been able to use comparative data to more easily identify differences in vitamin deficiencies among various nations.
The research found that a staggering 75% of the population in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany did not meet the medically recommended levels of some of the 13 most important nutrients in their food intake.
Vitamin D intake was the biggest red flag. More than 75% of the population of the United States, UK, and Germany failed to meet the daily intake requirements. More than 75% of the population of the United States and United Kingdom also failed to get proper levels of vitamin E. The United States was the only nation who had 75% of the population lacking in vitamin A.
Lack of proper nutrition of a major problem for these populations. Vitamin D is one that we naturally get from sunlight but obviously it is also one that more than 75% of us need extra supplementation for. Vitamin D supports healthy skin, bones, body processes, and helps other nutrients be absorbed by the body.
Vitamin E supports neurological health and function, metabolism, and muscle growth. Deficiency can lead to muscle, bone, or metabolic disease. Vitamin A supports vision, immune function, bone health, and skin health. Deficiency is widespread around poorer nations and now in the United States. Low levels of vitamin A can result in complete blindness and other eye problems.
High blood pressure and chronic kidney disease are the two conditions most often associated with high sodium diets. But did you know that conditions like thinning bones and osteoporosis can also be linked to a diet high in sodium? Medical and science communities have speculated for years that excess sodium in the body interferes with our calcium absorption, leading to bone issues and conditions like osteoporosis. There just hasn’t been any proven science to support this generalization. Until now… Read more
There’s been so much science and so much press on Vitamin D over the last couple years that some may wonder if it’s nothing but hype. Well, it isn’t. Vitamin D has the “chops” to back up all the claims that have been made about it.
First off, vitamin D3 is absolutely essential to calcium absorption. Some scientists think it’s even more important to bone health than calcium. The two together are highly documented to reduce bone loss and fractures. But since most of us avoid sun exposure like the plague, hardly anyone gets enough D3 naturally.
Vitamin D plays a huge role in the regulation of your blood pressure – to the point that scientists can map the prevalence of Hypertension by distance from the equator. The farther you live from the equator, the less sunlight you get (and therefore the less vitamin D) and the greater your chances for high blood pressure. So it’s no surprise that supplementing with it has been shown to lower high blood pressure in many studies.
Every dose of Calciology™ contains 600 IU of vitamin D3.
I recently saw a quote on another website that calcium supplements are like a baby’s diaper – if you don’t have good absorption you’ve got a mess. And it’s absolutely true. (Whether their supplement was a mess or not is another story.) If the calcium supplement you take isn’t absorbed by your bones, its much worse than just wasting your money.
That’s why Calciology™ uses the form of calcium known as Calcium Citramate. It’s up to 30% more absorbable than plain calcium citrate. It’s simply the most well-studied and effective form of calcium available. And it has a whole host of other benefits.
For starters, Calcium Citramate is the only form of calcium that has actually been shown to reduce the risk of kidney stones. It’s performed much better than other forms of calcium in studies on bone health – helping children and adolescents build bones, adults keep existing bone mass, and the elderly reduce the risk of fractures.
Did you know most weight loss fads on the internet have very little science behind them? Take, for example, HCG. I saw a segment on the Dr. Oz show a while ago spotlighting people who paid up to $800 for a 12 week HCG program.
Dr. Oz summed it up by calling it “risky.” After all, he said, there is absolutely no science showing it works.
Yet there is something that not only has a good bit of science behind it as a weight loss supplement, it’s something your body desperately needs.
Almost none of us get the calcium we need from our diets alone. Studies show this could be one reason we have difficulty losing weight.
The Calciology formula was designed to maximize calcium absorption. Yet together, the ingredients constitute a formula that has some compelling science behind its ability to help you lose weight:
■Calcium: multiple studies have shown that higher calcium intakes lead to weight loss, perhaps because calcium consumption favors burning rather than storing fat
■Vitamin D: higher levels of vitamin D going into a diet has been shown to predict greater success with weight loss, especially in losing abdominal fat. In another study women taking calcium and vitamin D were significantly less likely to gain weight, and lost more weight than women on a placebo.
■Magnesium: without proper magnesium, you won’t’ have the energy to exercise as your cells can’t burn the fuel they need without it. It also helps the body absorb and utilize the nutrients you consume and ensures proper insulin function – improper insulin response is often a main culprit in weight gain.
■Vitamin C: research done at Arizona State University found that people with higher levels of vitamin C in their blood are correspondingly slimmer around the waist with better BMI and less fat in the blood. This was found to be because higher levels of vitamin C in the blood meant subjects burned fat at a faster rate during exercise.
■Vitamin K: again, insulin response is directly tied to weight levels. Studies have found that supplementing with vitamin K can improve insulin response within the first week.
■Lysine: It’s essential to the process of converting fatty acids into energy.
Quite frankly, there are very few weight loss supplements with this much science behind them.
Ask 99% of the world that question and a good chunk will say not enough calcium combined with aging. But new evidence suggests that conventional wisdom may be wrong.
And it all comes from deer antlers. Read more
Last night I once again had the priviledge of being on the radio with Dr. Veronica on Wellness For The REAL World. The topic this time was Bone Health, a subject you all know is near and dear to my heart. Other guests included Dr. John Cannell, Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council. You can listen to the whole show after the jump, as well as get some free downloads I offered on the show: Read more
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