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New study: 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-1 patients lack vitamin D

New study: 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-1 patients lack vitamin DVitamin D is vital for a well-functioning immune defense, yet a stunning 80 percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 lack the nutrient, according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Earlier research has shown that having too little vitamin D in your system increases the risk of life-threatening complications. It is also a well-known fact that vitamin D deficiency is a problem that is more widespread during the winter period, especially among exposed groups like seniors, nursing home residents, chronically ill, and dark-skinned people.

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Researchers reveal concerning calculation error:

Researchers reveal concerning calculation errorALARM: We are getting far too little vitamin D

The recommended dietary intake of vitamin D in the UK is 17 times lower that it should ideally be in order to provide sufficient protection against disease. That is what two teams of US scientists have concluded independently of each other.

For decades, the recommended daily intake level for vitamin D from dietary sources has been far too low. Now, researchers have issued a red flag warning over the low recommendations, claiming that they are unable to ensure adequate blood levels of vitamin D. In the United States, the current reference nutrient intake level for vitamin D is 15 micrograms/day. However, the figure should be 11-12 times greater, the worried scientists state. In the UK, the situation is far more critical. Here, the recommended intake level should be 17.5 times greater than the current 10 microgram/day recommendation.

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Still good reasons to take vitamin D

Still good reasons to take vitamin DIn 2012 a Danish study was published in order to determine a possible correlation between, among others blood levels of vitamin D and deaths from all causes. This study has unnecessarily scared some from taking supplements of vitamin D, despite the fact that it showed that more than half of the participants suffered from vitamin D deficiency, and that only a minority had a very high vitamin D level, which not necessarily is the course of increased mortality.

The study was a Danish population study including 247,574 participants published in the journal JCEM (1) with the participation of people from the Copenhagen area and the curve that reflects the relationship between blood vitamin D content and deaths is "J" shaped and shows that too little vitamin D gives high risk of death and very high levels increases mortality slightly - or so it appears.

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Magnesium, an ignored mineral for healthy bones

Magnesium, an ignored mineral for healthy bonesIn a study, researchers measured intake, absorption and excretion of magnesium in 4 - 8 year old children. Surprisingly, the researchers found that intake and absorption of magnesium, but not of calcium were significantly associated with bone density and bone mineral content.

When talking about healthy bones most often the mineral calcium is recommended, whereas magnesium is rarely mentioned. When it comes to children the relationship between magnesium and children's bones are mentioned even more rarely in spite of the fact that we know magnesium to be a key factor for healthy bones.

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WHO warning: We need to cut back on our sugar consumption

WHO warning: We need to cut back on our sugar consumptionWHO is worried about the global overconsumption of sugar and the organization recently issued a red flag warning. To some people cutting back on their sugar intake may not be that easy, however. In many cases, supplementing with organic chromium yeast may prove beneficial.

People all over the world consume far too much sugar. The enormous sugar intake has caused WHO to issue a red flag warning. According to Francesco Branco, Director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, less than 10 per cent of our total energy intake should ideally come from sugar. That would reduce the risk of overweight, obesity, and dental decay (see text box). Consuming large quantities of sugar is indeed known to increase rates for diabetes and obesity together with numerous obesity-related diseases and conditions. Consequently, there is every reason in the world to control and reduce our sugar consumption but that may not necessarily be easy in all cases.

Blood sugar issues

Many people have a "sweet tooth" because their blood sugar is out of control. One of the characteristic signs of unstable blood sugar is an insatiable desire for sweets and sugary foods. Under normal circumstances, the sugar we take up from our diet is conveyed from the bloodstream to our cells and converted to energy. This requires insulin, a hormone that we produce ourselves, but it also requires the presence of the trace element chromium. Insulin is active outside the cells, whereas chromium "unlocks" the cells from the inside, thereby letting insulin push more sugar (glucose) into the cell.

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Sales arguments or documentation?

What should your choice of food supplements rely on?

kosttilskudAre manufacturers of nutritional supplements making a whole-hearted effort of documenting their products? Or do they often get away with hot air? If you browse through the web sites of Danish supplement producers it seems rather obvious that only very few are actually able to put their money where their mouth is.

What do you think of the following phrases?...... do they seem convincing to you?

  • All our products are developed and manufactured in Denmark and are based on serious research results from all over the world
  • When you purchase natural remedies, fish oil, vitamins or other food supplements from our range of products you can rest assured that the their content of active ingredients always complies with the most recent science.
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Q10 lowers risk of dementia

Q10 lowers risk of dementiaDr. Yamagishi and colleagues from Japan's University of Tsukuba in a new study has used data from 6,000 middle-aged Japanese, and for the first time have been able to show that low levels of coenzyme Q10 in the blood are strongly associated to an increased risk of disabling dementia.

The researchers took the initiative to this study based on the hypothesis that because coenzyme Q10 has significant antioxidant effects, a high Q10 level ought to lower the risk of developing dementia and vice versa.

Studies on animals have previously demonstrated a potential beneficial effect of Q10 on cognitive functions, but on humans we have not previously seen clear effects of Q10 on the brain's cognitive function.

In the new study, the researchers used data from an ongoing study where the residents of a municipality had been screened for dementia, but also had their levels of Q10 in the blood measured. Out of 6000 persons the researchers selected 65 middle-aged persons with dementia who had been regularly examined at least five years before they were diagnosed with dementia. They were matched with 130 controls of similar age, sex, and data.

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Chronic fatigue tied Alan to his bed but Q10 capsules saved him:

Chronic fatigue tied Alan to his bed but Q10 capsules saved him 
"After about one week of taking the Q10 supplement I could feel a huge difference," says 23-year old Alan Piccini, who has been suffering from extreme fatigue and muscle aches ever since he was a child.

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Cholesterol-lowering without side effects:

Cholesterol-lowering without side effects:





“Taking capsules with co-enzyme Q10 has freed me of the severe side effects of my cholesterol lowering medicine,” Mrs Franken explains.

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