News, Tidbits, and Updates
Vitamin and health supplements news, tid-bits and updates.
Talk about creativity and style. A man recently quit his job by writing his resignation letter on a cake. Now, that’s style. But he did not just decide to do this out of the blue. Being a cake maker – he calls himself Mr. Cake and has a website by the same name – whose business is on the up and up, it was totally appropriate. Here’s a sampling of the cake (sorry, not a taste sampling though):
Something tells me this guy's business can only get better. You can view the full picture of the cake, posted on twitter. I’m not sure someone in the sewer business would want to copy this idea though.
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Fish is good for brain. You've probably heard this. Maybe even and dismissed it as a bunch of manure. But various studies have shown that there may be more than a grain of truth in it.
In one study by Oxford University, involving 300 children, half were picked at random and given fish oil pills while the other half received a placebo. All the children picked needed improvement in important aspects of learning such as reading, memory, and concentration (aka focus). Here's the story of one child whose parents and teachers say showed great improvement after a few weeks on fish oil supplements:
The video credits omega-3 for the improvements, but this may not be entirely accurate. You see, the component in fish oil that studies have shown helps in improving brain function is called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Yet not all omega-3 sources or supplements contain it. Many fish oil supplements contain the other - also important but to a lesser degree - that is, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This is because EPA costs less than DHA. Also, plant sources of omega-3 supply ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Though our bodies can convert ALA into DHA, it is a highly ineffecient process that loses most of the DHA.
You should therefore look for quality fish oil supplements that supply high doses of DHA to offer your child or yourself (yes, even adults can benefit in a number of ways) the benefits.
Vitamin D supplements have been linked to a number of health benefits including promoting healthy bones and preventing cancer. Recent studies show they may even help avoid diabetes. One study done at the University of Missouri involved 35 pre-diabetic obese children. They were randomly selected to receive either a high-dose vitamin D supplement or a placebo each day for six months.
I realized that health is the most important thing and that all the other things come with time if you are devoted enough.
- Blanka Vlasic
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), folic acid (also known as folate or vitamin B9) may help improve the negative associated schizophrenia symptoms in certain individuals.
Supplementing antipsychotic medication with folate plus vitamin B12 as an adjunctive treatment can improve negative symptoms of schizophrenia, a new study shows.
However, the randomized clinical trial also suggests that the level of treatment response is more significant in individuals with specific gene variants involved in folate metabolism.
"Our finding that folate plus vitamin B12 supplementation can improve negative symptoms opens a new potential avenue for treatment of schizophrenia. Because treatment effects differed based on which genetic variants were present in each participant, the results also support a personalized medical approach to treating schizophrenia," study investigator Joshua Roffman, MD, said in a release. See original story
Schizophrenia is a devastating mental condition that can negatively impact quality of life for sufferer as well as those around him/her. The person who has the condition is likely to be placed on a lifetime of medication.