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Healthy Amount of Vitamin C Might Keep Cataracts at Bay

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – While many believe that vitamin C helps ward off colds, a new study suggests the nutrient might prevent something more serious – cataracts. "While we cannot totally avoid developing cataracts, we may be able to delay their onset and keep them from worsening significantly by eating a diet rich in vitamin C," study lead researcher Dr. Christopher Hammond said in a news ...

1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a ...

Health Tip: Learn About Vitamin C

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Vitamin C has a history of being touted for its immune system-boosting properties. Besides citrus fruits, the vitamin also is found in tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, red and green bell peppers, kiwi, Brussels sprouts and broccoli The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says vitamin C: Helps grow and repair bodily tissues. Promotes healthy bones, teeth, skin and cartilage. May help protect ...

Health Tip: Feeding Your Child a Vegetarian Diet

Posted 12 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're feeding your child a vegetarian diet, make sure he or she is getting enough essential nutrients. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the child's diet should include: Vitamin B12, found in eggs and milk. If the child is on a strictly vegan diet, fortified soy products and fortified cereals are good sources. Vitamin D and calcium, found in fortified milk and dairy products, ...

Vitamin Supplement Linked to Reduction in Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – A cheap and easily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person's risk of skin cancer, new research contends. A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide is linked to a reduction of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23 percent when taken twice daily, according to Australian researchers. "It's safe, it's almost obscenely inexpensive, and it's already widely ...

Vitamin D Supplements Might Help Some Lose Weight

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – For obese Americans who are low on vitamin D, taking a supplement of the nutrient might help them lose weight, a new study suggests. According to an Italian team, led by Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan, prior research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher risk of obesity and obesity-related complications. However, studies on the use of ...

Cloudy Climes May Up Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – People who live in regions with low sunlight may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, possibly because they don't get enough vitamin D from the sun, new research suggests. "If you're living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can't make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic ...

Intravenous Vitamin C May Boost Chemo's Cancer-Fighting Power

Posted 6 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 – Large doses of intravenous vitamin C have the potential to boost chemotherapy's ability to kill cancer cells, according to new laboratory research involving human cells and mice. Vitamin C delivered directly to human and mouse ovarian cancer cells helped kill off those cells while leaving normal cells unharmed, University of Kansas researchers report. "In cell tissue ...

For Pregnant Smokers, Vitamin C Might Help Babies' Lungs

Posted 7 May 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 7 – Vitamin C may help prevent lung problems in babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, according to a small new study. Pregnant women are advised not to smoke because it can harm the baby's lungs and lead to problems such as wheezing and asthma. But if a pregnant woman can't quit smoking, taking vitamin C may help protect their baby's lungs, researchers found. The study ...

High Doses of Vitamin C May Raise Risk of Kidney Stones

Posted 5 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 – Men who take high doses of vitamin C may face double the risk of kidney stones than men who do not, new research says. Although the finding doesn't directly prove that vitamin C is at fault, and the actual occurrence of kidney stones – the tiny mass of crystals that can painfully clog the urinary tract – remained fairly rare, the findings raise questions about whether large ...

Antioxidants Might Help Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 23 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 23 – Eating a diet high in antioxidants such as selenium and vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by up to two-thirds, a new study suggests. The study is observational in nature and can only suggest an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship. The British researchers say, however, that if further research confirms a direct link, this type of diet could ...

Study Casts Doubt on Hot Dogs' Link to Colon Cancer

Posted 24 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24 – A U.S. government requirement that vitamin C or one of its close relatives be added to hot dogs, to reduce the amount of nitrites found in this popular food, may not have lowered the rate of colon cancer cases after all, a new study suggests. Back in 1978, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated that the meat industry include vitamin C (ascorbate) or its close cousin, ...

Study Finds Vitamins E and C Don't Reduce Cataract Risk in Men

Posted 11 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 11 – Long-term use of vitamin E and C supplements doesn't reduce the risk of age-related cataracts in men, a new study finds. "An estimated 20.5 million persons 40 and older in the United States show some evidence of age-related cataract," wrote study author William G. Christen, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues, in a news ...

Vitamins May Not Curb High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Diabetics

Posted 27 Jun 2010 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 26 – Taking vitamin C and E supplements will not lower the risk of the blood pressure disorder known as preeclampsia in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, a new study finds. Women with diabetes are at high risk for preeclampsia (a sudden increase in the mother's blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy), and prior research has suggested that because type 1 diabetes is ...

Vitamins C, E Won't Cut Risk of Pregnancy-Linked Hypertension

Posted 8 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 7 – Mothers-to-be who take vitamin C and E supplements do not reduce their risk of the dangerous high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia, a new study finds. Although other studies have suggested that these antioxidant vitamins could prevent preeclampsia, this trial of more than 10,000 women found there was no sign "that the drugs did anything to prevent the diagnosis ...

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