Health Benefits of Individual Minerals and Vitamins
Cancer patients who had higher levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D were linked with better survival rates and longer remission than those who are vitamin D-deficient.
The findings were published in July 2014 in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
The meta-analysis reviewed 25 studies that measured vitamin D levels at or near the time of diagnosis in 17,332 cancer patients. The authors found that patients with higher vitamin D levels were linked with better outcomes in a several cancer types.
Strongest connections were found for breast cancer, lymphoma and colorectal cancer, and less strongly for patients with Merkel cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, and melanoma.
Every 10 nmol/L increase in 25(OH)D was linked to a 4% increase in cancer patient survival […]
New guidelines were recently released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.
Part of the release included a controversial online cardiovascular risk calculator. Critics of the calculator propose that the algorithm greatly overestimates risk by 75-150% – turning millions more people into candidates for statin drug therapy.
Individuals taking statin drugs could double. [See Risk Calculator For Cholesterol Appears Flawed (NY Times).]
There are numerous problems with the new recommendations:
Individuals with type 2 diabetes will effectively take more statin drugs despite a study suggesting that statins themselves have been correlated with an increase incidence of type 2 diabetes.
Statin drugs are not necessarily benign drugs. Studies suggest […]
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for the human body.
It is one of the few nutrients that I will supplement just by itself in my practice.
Magnesium helps support over 300 enzymes and plays an important role in cardiovascular and neurological health, as well as mood, cognition, memory, sleep, relaxation, and overall emotional well-being (1; 2).
Magnesium is also an essential nutrient (3) which means it must be consumed from our diet. Its health effects are involved throughout the body, and it is metabolized by several tissues including the kidney, intestines and bone (4).
While many Americans are taking these classes of drugs, a deficiency in magnesium is already very common in both men and women. Up to 2/3rds of American men and women fail to consume the recommended dietary intakes of 320-420mg respectively (7).
When you account for more than just intake, it is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans may actually be deficient in magnesium.