From WHO fighting infant formula marketing to enhanced botanical bioavailability with fermentation, September’s news roundup covers the latest developments in health, nutrition, and regulatory changes.
A new research review by Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) concludes that a third of the UK population is vitamin D deficient and preventing deficiency can only be achieved by supplementation for all.
A new meta-analysis observes that there was no statistically significant mean difference (MD) between total of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations in intervention groups taking daily or weekly vitamin D supplements.
A new study finds that supplementation with 25(OH) vitamin D in an Italian cohort of hospitalised COVID-19 patients that were deficient, resulted in a reduced length of hospital stay compared to those who were not supplemented.
There is strong potential for the more effective implementation of bio-fortified vitamin D products to tackle highly prevalent deficiencies, especially alongside consumer communication and education of the associated health benefits.
Vitamin D, zinc, and selenium supplements have significant evidence to suggest intakes reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and associated severe outcomes, whilst probiotics may enhance symptomatic and viral clearance.
A new cross-sectional cohort study suggests that there may be an inverse relationship between vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and BMI, average blood glucose (HbA1c), and the inflammatory marker of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) levels in Korean women...
A study of women undergoing fertility treatment concludes that those living in Northern latitudes, with less sun exposure, have a higher prevalence of 25(OH)D insufficiency and longer infertility duration.
Supplementation with higher doses of vitamin D during a critical emotional developmental window may reduce mental health issues like depression and anxiety in children as they age, according to a recent study.
A new systematic review and meta-analysis of available randomised controlled trials (RCTs) identifies a significant relationship between a lower risk of all-cause mortality (ACM) and vitamin D supplementation in higher quality studies, with no such association...
A new study reveals lower DHA and vitamin B12 content in the milk of vegetarian and vegan mothers, leading researchers to call for raised awareness and supplementation, especially in the case of DHA where this is not common procedure.
A new study confirming that the diet of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients often lacks vitamin D and vitamin K, concludes: “While vitamin D supplementation is the rule, vitamin K shortages need proactive nutritional intervention.”
A new study testing a methodology for assessing vitamin supplement content has revealed significant deviations in the content of vitamin K2 and D3 in tested supplements, adding that claims made on the labels may be misleading to consumers.
A new systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature observes that significantly lower levels of circulating vitamin D were found in those suffering from post-stroke depression (PSD), when compared to those who were not.
On the 100th anniversary of the discovery of vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick – an endocrinologist who contributed to isolating its active form – revisited the evolution of the sunshine vitamin, tracing its origins to the early oceans.
A recent literature review highlights collated evidence that maternal low vitamin D (VD) levels may result in abnormal growth of the offspring, as well as disordered lipid and glucose metabolism disorders.
Supplementation with vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may not reduce the risk of pre-frailty on their own but have a synergistic effect when combined with home exercise, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Frailty & Aging.
Advice on maternal supplementation to prevent birth defects (BDs) should consider the teratogenic effects of multivitamins (MVs) and adverse effects of excess folic acid (FA), according to Chinese research.
Those with a vitamin D deficiency were found to have a greater risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s dementia (AD), in a new cohort study, but no link was found with vitamins A, E or beta-carotene.
Limited dietary intake of vitamin D and minimal sun exposure increases the risk of clinically significant anxiety symptoms in young women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to research on college students.
Further work needs to be done to raise awareness of the need for women with obesity to supplement both with a higher dose of folic acid and vitamin D, and to be aware of the role of iodine, researchers say.
A case-control study on the effects of 25-hydroxy vitamin D supplementation on patients with psoriasis confirms autoimmune and anti-inflammatory activity and suggest early detection of deficiencies as a preventative measure for disease onset.
After a couple of record-breaking years, dietary supplement usage is returning to pre-pandemic levels. Data from CRN’s 2022 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements shows that 75% of Americans are using dietary supplements, down from 80% in 2021.