Our Research – Does vitamin E help bone health?

Aging causes an increase in oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies. Along with declining estrogen levels, these changes may lead to bone loss in postmenopausal women. The effects of estrogen on bone have been investigated in great detail, but not much is known about the effects of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances on bone. Since … Continue reading Our Research – Does vitamin E help bone health?

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There’s more to vitamin D than meets the eye

Given the important role of vitamin D in bone health, in general, people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood have lower bone density and higher risk of fractures. One way to get vitamin D is from the sun; but because darker skin absorbs less UVB rays, the levels of vitamin D are … Continue reading There’s more to vitamin D than meets the eye

Calcium supplements

Many of our research and clinic patients have questions about calcium supplements, such as which form of calcium supplements to take and how much, and how to avoid common side effects such as constipation. Our nutrition researcher, Dr. Maryam S. Hamidi, answers these questions and offers other helpful information in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJuUxmMRuUQ You … Continue reading Calcium supplements

Vitamin K and bone health (part 2)

In our last post, we introduced the different types of vitamin K and their dietary sources, and we also noted that vitamin K has some important functions in maintaining our bone health. The question then arises: can taking vitamin K supplements protect us from osteoporosis and fractures? Our knowledge on whether vitamin K is involved … Continue reading Vitamin K and bone health (part 2)

Vitamin K and bone health (part 1)

The idea of using nutritional supplements to prevent diseases has been gaining currency over the past several years. For osteoporosis, vitamin K has been getting a lot of attention because of its role in bone health. But can vitamin K supplements actually prevent osteoporosis? In a review article published recently in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry, our … Continue reading Vitamin K and bone health (part 1)

Meeting your calcium needs from food vs supplements

We spoke to Dr. Maryam S Hamidi, our nutrition researcher, about the controversy around calcium supplements and why it is better to get your calcium from food. Dr. Hamidi also advised us on the best foods to eat when trying to meet our daily calcium needs. A little more about Dr. Hamidi: She completed her … Continue reading Meeting your calcium needs from food vs supplements

Does it taste ‘calciumy’? (part 2)

In the study we described in our previous post (linking bitterness of vegetables to their calcium content), Dr. Michael Tordoff and his team of researchers also ran some additional tests in rodents. They found that lab mice which were previously known to prefer calcium ate collards (high calcium food) more than they ate cabbage (low … Continue reading Does it taste ‘calciumy’? (part 2)