Smorgasbord Health Column – Nutrients in the News – Vitamin D and #Colorectal Cancer – Marriage and #Heart Disease – Baking Soda and #Autoimmune disease

Welcome to a round up of recent news stories on various nutrients and health that you might find of interest.

Higher vitamin D levels cut colorectal cancer risk by 31%, major international study finds

I have written a number of posts on Vitamin D and the increasing risk of deficiency. As more and more research is conducted, the vitamin is being linked to more and more of our potentially fatal diseases. A very interesting study.

Higher vitamin D levels significantly drive down colorectal cancer risk, a large new international study has found. The vitamin, found in fatty fish and sunshine, was found to strengthen resistance to stomach tumors by blocking a common gateway that cancer cells pass through – and it was most protective in women.

The report, led by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, adds weight to a long-suspected theory which, until now, had not been proven.

It also suggested the ideal amount of vitamin D we should be aiming for may be higher than current guidelines suggest. This study is yet another reminder to prioritize loading up on vitamin D, since around three quarters of Americans and a fifth of Brits are deficient – but while the vitamin is hard to find in natural foods, experts warn to scrutinize supplements that may not have been tested rigorously.

Read the rest of the article: International study Vitamin D and colorectal cancer

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Marriage may protect against heart disease/stroke and associated risk of death
The single, divorced, and widowed at heightened risk, pooled data analysis suggests

Now something that is very interesting… despite all the jokes that are trotted out by comedians about the state of marriage, a recent pooled study would suggest that those in this blessed state…. might benefit by being less susceptible to heart disease….

Marriage may protect against the development of heart disease/stroke as well as influencing who is more likely to die of it, suggests a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the journal Heart.

The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that marital status should be included as a risk factor for heart disease/stroke and likely survival in its own right.

Most (80%) cardiovascular disease can be attributed to well known risk factors: age; sex; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; smoking; and diabetes. But it’s not clear what influences the remaining 20 per cent.

The findings of previous research on the impact of marital status have been somewhat mixed, so in a bid to clarify the issues, the authors trawled research databases for relevant published studies.

They drew on 34 out of a total of 225, all of which had been published between 1963 and 2015, and involved more than 2 million people aged between 42 and 77 from Europe, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Read the rest of the report: Marriage and Heart Disease

Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease.

I already recommend baking soda as a gentle way to relieve the occasional bout of indigestion by calming acid in the stomach, and also to alkalise the bladder and urinary tract during an infection. Now it would seem that because it is alkaline, when it reaches the stomach before a meal, it triggers it to release more acid to digest the food more efficiently. This in turn signals cells in the spleen not to mount an attack on what they perceive as foreign bodies, triggering autoimmune conditions such as arthritis.

A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say.

They have some of the first evidence of how the cheap, over-the-counter antacid can encourage our spleen to promote instead an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease, Medical College of Georgia scientists report in the Journal of Immunology.

They have shown that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, it becomes a trigger for the stomach to make more acid to digest the next meal and for little-studied mesothelial cells sitting on the spleen to tell the fist-sized organ that there’s no need to mount a protective immune response.

Read the full article: Baking Powder and Autoimmune Disease

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© Just Food for Health  Sally Cronin 1998 – 2018

A little bit about me nutritionally.

A little about me from a nutritional perspective. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago. I qualified as a nutritional therapist and practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as being a consultant for radio. My first centre was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Here are my health books including a men’s health manual and my anti-aging book.

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4 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health Column – Nutrients in the News – Vitamin D and #Colorectal Cancer – Marriage and #Heart Disease – Baking Soda and #Autoimmune disease

    • About half a teaspoon in some warm water (50ml) Debby about 10 minutes before a main meal. I would think you would need to be taking for about a week to find out if it is making a difference. You would need to monitor your reaction to it and see if you suffer from any acid reflux after a meal due to the increased stomach acid. Hopefully not.. hugs♥


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