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Your Body needs Vitamin D to function during the winter time. Visit our supplement section to buy it now.
Unless you are lucky enough to live in a location that enjoys year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, you are likely to experience a drop in your Vitamin D levels during the winter. Getting direct sun on your skin is one of the chief ways in which you get vitamin D. With the colder weather, we spend less time outdoors and when we are outdoors, we try to cover as much skin as possible.
But even in a mild winter, the northern half of the country simply doesn't receive enough UV to power sufficient skin production of the vitamin. As a result, your vitamin D levels are probably at their lowest toward the end of the cold weather season. Some experts are concerned that the increased use of high-powered sunscreens threatens to make vitamin D deficiency a year-round phenomenon. In fact, a recent Harvard Study found that 60% of Americans may be vitamin D deficient.
Low vitamin D levels are serious business
Not only do you need vitamin D to keep your bones strong but it also plays an important role in your immune defenses against winter colds and flus, and can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and auto-immune diseases. According to the UV Foundation, low vitamin D levels can also lead to fatigue, depression, and aches and pains.
Fortunately, there are other ways to get your vitamin D. There aren't a whole lot of foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D. (Mackerel, sardines, and fish liver oil are among the top providers.) Because our diet does not contain a lot of vitamin D-rich foods, the government also mandates fortification of milk and baby formula with vitamin D. Other dairy products, like yogurt or cottage cheese may or may not contain additional vitamin D. Vitamin fortified cereals can be another good source, and the nutrient can also be taken as a dietary supplement.
Take your vitamin D and be sure you're getting enough on a regular basis.
Below 5 years of age 35 units per pound per day
Age 5-10 25000 units per day
Age 18-30 5000 units per day
Pregnant Women 5000 unit per day
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Omega-3's Help to Boost Heart Function
In that previous studies have linked consumption of omega-3 fatty acids - found abundantly in fatty fish such as wild salmon, with beneficial effects for heart health, Northwestern University (Illinois, UJSA) researchers report that omega-3 fatty acid supplements improve heart function and exercise capacity among patients with heart failure in whom the condition has been controlled.
Mihai Gheorghiade and colleagues studied a group of 130 patients with chronic heart failure due to nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy who were on standard therapy, assigning them to receive either omega-3 supplements (2 grams daily), or placebo. The team assessed left ventricular function and functional capacity at the study?s start, and at the study?s concluding 12-month mark.
After a year, those receiving the omega-3 supplement showed a 10.4% increase in heart function, compared with a 5% decrease among those taking placebo.
In addition, blood oxygen levels increased 6.2% in the omega-3 patients and decreased 4.5% in the placebo patients. Also, the team observed that exercise time went up 7.5% in those receiving supplements, while it went down 4.8% in those receiving placebo. Finally, among those taking the supplement the hospitalization rate was 6% during the year, compared with 30 %for those on placebo. The researchers conclude that: ?In patients with [nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy] and minimal symptoms in response to evidence-based medical therapy, [omega-3 fatty acids] treatment increases [left ventricular] systolic function and functional capacity and may reduce hospitalizations for [heart failure].