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Archive for the ‘Vitamin C’ Category

Vit C Improves Lung Function in Babies of Mom Smokers

Scientists have found a potential treatment that could reduce the impact of maternal smoking on their newborn babies’ respiratory health. Although doctors advise women smokers to avoid smoking during pregnancy, about 50% of women cannot quit the habit. This has been associated been with an increased risk of babies suffering from wheezing, asthma and other problems. Lead author Cynthia T. McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and colleagues report at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC that they have found that vitamin C intake during pregnancy […]

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People Benefit from Eating Onions

Onions are vegetables that are cultivated and used around the world. They are usually served cooked, as part of a dish, but can also be eaten raw. They are pungent and can irritate the eyes while they are being chopped. Onions contain about 90% water, 4% sugar, 2% fiber, 1% protein, and 0.1% fat. They are high in vitamins C and B6, folic acid and dietary fiber. They are very low in calories, sodium and fat, and can contribute their flavor to various dishes without raising the energy content. Onions are believed to benefit health because of their phenolic and […]

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Uterine Fibroids Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomata, are noncancerous tumors that often result in bleeding and pain in premenopausal women. They are the leading cause of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) in the US. Researchers led by Donna Baird, Ph.D., from the National Institute of Health found that women who had low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those who had sufficient levels. Their study involved more than 1,000 women, aged 35-49, who were screened for fibroids using ultrasound. Participants’ blood samples were also used to measure their vitamin D levels, known as 25-hydroxy D. Levels of […]

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Flu-Fighting Foods

Two of the most popular remedies in fighting colds and flu are orange juice and chicken noodle soup.  There are, however other foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E and other immunity boosting nutrients such as bell peppers, carrots, almonds, sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger, salmon, mushrooms and dark chocolates. Red bell peppers are very high in vitamin C, twice as much as those found in oranges.  Vitamin C helps fight off illness and reduce duration and severity of symptoms. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is then converted to vitamin A in the body. This helps increase T-cells which […]

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Vitamin C Good for Common Colds

The recent Cochrane Review shows that vitamin C supplements may benefit people experiencing heavy physical stress and reduce the incidence of common colds. Researchers found that in various randomized trials consisting of different populations like schoolchildren, marathon runners, swimmers, and soldiers who experienced short-term physical stress, vitamin C supplementation reduced the incidence of colds by half. Furthermore, it was shown in a recent randomized trial that vitamin C decreased the duration of colds by half in male adolescent swimmers, although supplementation had no effect on female participants. Studies have shown that regular doses of vitamin C of at least one […]

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