Some news round-ups here, on two of the most buzzed about vitamins, folic acid and vitamin D.
First up, folic acid. It has long been known that folic acid supplementation is an essential precaution for pregnancies, which is the main reason why it is now added to the mass-produced bread you buy in the supermarket. New research has found even more compelling evidence supporting folic acid's benefit's for expectant mothers. A study from the University of Texas has found that taking folic acid supplements a year prior to conception reduces the likelihood of premature birth by 70%, a dramatic result, to say the least. This study was conducted with a very large population, nearly 35,000 women. If you or someone you know is thinking of having a child sometime soon, the below links are definitely suggested reading:
DSIB: Folic Acid
NPA: Folic Acid
PLoS: Preconceptional Folate Supplementation and the Risk of Spontaneous Preterm Birth: A Cohort Study
: Science DailyTaking Folic Acid Supplements Before Conception Linked To Reduced Risk Of Premature Birth
LA Times: A pre-pregnancy year of folic acid sharply lowers risk of very premature birth
On to vitamin D. The prevalence of forthcoming vitamin D research ensures that this isn't a supplement we will only be hearing about in the dark and wintry months when people don't get enough sun. The positive news surrounding this vitamin continues to pour in, and we'd just like to direct your attention toward a few prominent items of interest.
DSIB: Vitamin D
MSN: Getting Your Vitamin D All Year Round: Why the buzz about vitamin D is warranted.
BBC: Elderly need more 'sun vitamin'
Science Daily: New Model Of Cancer Development: Low Vitamin D Levels May Have Role
Daily Mail: Millions face serious health risks over lack of vitamin D in diets
NY Times: Nutrition: Vaginal Infection Tied to Low Vitamin D
MedPage Today: Low Vitamin D May Slow Cognition in Older Men
NutraUSA: Vitamin D good for brains and lungs, say new studies
NutraUSA: Low vitamin D may boost metabolic syndrome risk
UPI: Vitamin D or sunshine may help treat MS
Eureka Alert: Is vitamin D deficiency linked to Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia?
About.com: Vitamin D & Asthma
Forbes: Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay