source Baoyan zeng / Shutterstock A new Cochrane review has found omega-3 supplement pills probably don’t do that much for our health. Out of over 112,000 people, 8.8% died while taking fish oil pills, compared to 9% of those who didn’t take any. This is not a significant difference. For some reason, we have been looking at omega-3 as a magical pill for health and intelligence for a long time. But it’s becoming increasingly clear this is not the case. There’s a growing body of evidence to suggest most vitamin supplements don’t do all that much. In fact, a study earlier this year found how some of the most popular vitamin supplements, including vitamin C and calcium, don’t really have major health benefits. The next pill in the firing line is fish oil. Also known as omega-3, fish oil has been widely publicised as being protective against heart disease, but according to a new Cochrane review, led by the University of East … [Read more...] about Omega-3 supplements are essentially useless for preventing diseases, according to a new study
Vitamin d amount needed
(Reuters Health) - Parents and caregivers should be aware of the three ways children can get the vitamin D they need, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.Although many people know calcium and vitamin D are vital for building healthy bones, not everyone knows calcium can only be absorbed when vitamin D is present."Vitamin D is sometimes misunderstood and underappreciated, especially when it works as a silent partner with calcium," said Dr. Megan Moreno of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, who wrote the one-page primer intended for parents and caregivers.The patient page, accessible for free (https://bit.ly/2JwqcO8), is based on recommendations given by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The resource emphasizes the best ways for children to obtain vitamin D through sunlight exposure, diet and supplements.Current guidelines recommend that infants under 12 months get 400 international units of vitamin D … [Read more...] about Experts suggest ways children can get Vitamin D
There are some health “facts” that many people have heard so many times that they just assume they are true, ideas like “juice is healthy” or “gum will stay in your stomach for years. But many of these “facts” are really myths about health. Here’s what the science really says about these health myths. There’s something about health and nutrition folk wisdom that’s resistant to truth. Common health “facts” include the ideas that MSG will make you sick, that a juice detox is just what you need after a week of indulgence, and that sports drinks like Gatorade are totally fine since you need the electrolytes. None of these things are true. They, like many other folk sayings and tips, fall into the category of health myths that are totally – or at least mostly – wrong. Here’s the truth behind some of those health claims … [Read more...] about 25 health ‘facts’ that are totally wrong
There is extreme hype about chia seeds, despite the fact that they have long been part of the Aztec and Mayan diets. Many still question the superiority of these small, crunchy seeds with a mild nutty flavor. Indigenous to Mexico, these nutrient-rich seeds have intrigued superfood seekers. So, what makes these tiny black seeds so special that they are being labeled as a superfood? Chia seeds are considered a superfood as they contain beneficial key nutrients. The good nutrients are believed to have these effects: Help skin repair Researchers previously reported that antioxidant activity in chia seeds, mainly quercetin, myricetin, kaempferol, and also vitamin A, can stop up to 70 percent of free radical activity, which could help accelerate skin repair and inhibit further damage. Other than that, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), their high amount of vitamin E will slow down aging the aging of skin cells. Promote digestive health and help treat … [Read more...] about Chia seeds: Superfood or just another diet fad?
Whether it comes in cream, lotion, gel or spray form, any sun protection product is ideally worn every day before leaving the house. More than just a protection against sunburn, sunscreen can save us from skin cancer. Sunlight offers us a range of benefits, and our body needs sunlight to help produce vitamin D and cut the risks of cardiovascular diseases. But long exposure to sunlight without the proper protection can also be detrimental to our skin. The sun emanates three different types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but only UVA and UVB rays affect the human body. UVA, also called aging rays, accelerates skin aging, and causes wrinkles and dark spots. Meanwhile, UVB rays, or burning rays are the cause of sunburns. UVA rays are able to penetrate through glass and clouds, but UVB rays have a higher radiation intensity. Prolonged exposure to both types of sunlight can cause skin cancer, which means it is crucial for us to apply sunscreen before stepping outside. But with so many … [Read more...] about Five things to notice when purchasing sunscreen