Vitamins & Supplements

Q: I have been told that the sugar substitute Splenda is unhealthy due to...

Answer :Its true that Splenda is made using chlorine, which sounds scary; the sugar industry warns that youre actually eating chlorine when consuming sucralose, the chemical sold as Splenda. Plain sugar is transformed into sucralose by substituting three chlorine atoms for hydrogen, creating a substance that is not digested by the body-so its effectively caloriefree- and thats 600 times sweeter than sugar. (Packaged Splenda also contains dextrose and maltodextrin as bulking agents.) But theres no…

Extra Vitamin E Found Safe Yet Ineffective; Debate Goes On

The good news from a new pooled analysis of 57 studies is that, despite some red flags from previous research, vitamin E supplements are safe and dont increase the risk of death. But neither do the once-highly touted supplements help you live longer, the review reports, despite hopes their antioxidant effects might fight chronic disease. Calling their meta-analysis the largest and most inclusive to date, scientists concluded in Current Aging Science that vitamin E supplementation cannot be endorsed as a means of reducing mortality

Vitamin D Research Roundup

Pancreatic Cancer Patients More Likely to Lack Vitamin DPancreatic cancer, on the rise in the United States, may be deterred by maintaining adequate vitamin D status

Can Fish Oil Help Keep You Young?

Increasing your ratio of omega-3s to omega-6 fats may slow aging at the cellular level.

Q: We live in southern Arizona where citrus trees thrive and own two well-producing...

Answer :According to the Center for Food-Drug Interaction Research and Education, led by Tufts and the University of Florida, most prescription drugs do not show a clinically relevant interaction...

Berries Linked to Lower Parkinsons Risk

Plus new clues to the disease from ibuprofen and vitamin D. Three new studies are shedding light on the mysteries of Parkinsons disease, one of the most common nervous system disorders with aging. A neurodegenerative brain disorder that leads to tremors and difficulty with movement and coordination, Parkinsons most often develops after age 50; 50,000-60,000 new US cases are diagnosed annually

Vitamin D a Possible Tool in Diabetes Prevention

Tufts researchers have identified a surprising factor in diabetes risk that might help keep people with pre-diabetes from

Vitamin D Doesnt Help Arthritic Knees

Dont look to vitamin D pills to relieve your knee arthritis pain.

Q: Your newsletter often states the advantages of omega-3 fatty acids. But how much...

Answer : Both the American Heart Association and the 2005 federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming at least two servings of fish per week for heart health.

1 in 3 Low in Vitamin D

One-third of Americans are at risk for vitamin D inadequacy or deficient in vitamin D, according to a new report from the CDC. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2001-2008 on more than 24,000 people, the report said 24% of adults and children over age 1 were at risk of inadequacy