Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

Vitamins, arthritis

October 12, 2010

A diet high in vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and beta- carotene may slow the progression of osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder of older Americans. (Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 56(7)397-400, July 1997) Copyright 1997 Phylis Austin


Caloric intake, osteoarthritis

August 2, 2009

A five-year study of dogs revealed that limiting food intake reduced the incidence of osteoarthritis. (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 210(2)222-225, January 15, 1997) Copyright 1997 Phylis Austin

Systemic lupus erythematosus, diet

August 2, 2009

Systemic lupus erythematosus is more common in women who report the frequent consumption of meat, particularly fatty meats such as pork or beef. Menstrual irregularity was also reported to be more common in women with systemic lupus erythematosus than in control women. (Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine 169:245-252, 1993) Copyright 1993 Phylis Austin

MSG, monosodium glutamate, headaches

July 30, 2009

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) may cause headaches in sensitive individuals. Many who read food labels are unaware that MSG may be listed as “flavoring,” “natural flavoring,” or “hydrolyzed vegetable protein.” Hydrolyzed vegetable protein may be 10-30 percent MSG. (Headache 31:107-110, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Children, caffeine withdrawal

July 26, 2009

Children who habitually consume large amounts of caffeinated soft drinks may suffer withdrawal symptoms if deprived of them. Symptoms may include slowed reaction times and reduced attention span. The researchers suggest that the best way to avoid this is not to allow children to have caffeinated beverages.

It is felt that 98 percent of American children consume caffeine at least once a week. (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 37:858-865, 1998)
Copyright 1998 Phylis A Austin

Sugar, gallstones

July 26, 2009

Refined sugar has been shown to increase the risk of gallstone formation, particularly in young persons, even in those who are not overweight. The mechanism is not yet understood, but a high sugar intake may stimulate insulin production. Insulin stimulates the synthesis of cholesterol. A high level of cholesterol in the bile may encourage gallstone production. (British Medical Journal 288:1103-1104, April 14, 1984)
Copyright 1984 Phylis A Austin

Vegetarian diet, Vitamin D Levels

July 26, 2009

A study from the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Perinatal Research Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health has revealed that women who eat a vegetarian diet have higher levels of 1,25-didyroxy-vitamin D than meat eaters. The researchers focused special attention on women who were breastfeeding their children. They feared that their diet was not adequate to provide sufficient vitamin D for their infants, as their diet was mostly whole grain cereals and vegetables. The women in this study generally avoided meats, eggs, and dairy products. Vitamin D is necessary for proper absorption of calcium and it was thought that these women, on what is considered a low calcium diet, may be unable to give their infants the recommended calcium. Furthermore, a vegetarian diet containing large amounts of grains may be high in phytate, which had until recently been thought to hinder calcium absorption. The researchers conclude that the body is able to adapt to varying dietary and physiologic conditions, making the necessary adjustment to provide adequate calcium levels.
(Obstetrics and Gynecology 70(6)870-874, December 1987)
Copyright 1987 Phylis A Austin)

Gluten, schizophrenia

July 26, 2009

Numerous studies have suggested a relationship between gluten intake and schizophrenia. Two Texas physicians report that a man placed on a gluten-free diet to treat his celiac disease showed marked improvement in his mental symptoms. (Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News 38(4)9, April 1987)
Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

Sugar intake, duodenal ulcer

July 14, 2009

A diet low in refined sugar may decrease one’s chances of developing duodenal ulcer according to a recent study from the University of Nottingham. Earlier studies have shown an association between sugar intake and Crohn’s disease. (Gut 31:993-996, 1990)
Copyright 1990 Phylis A Austin

Vegetarian diet, diabetic nephropathy

July 12, 2009

Diabetics often suffer associated kidney disease. Earlier studies have shown that a high protein diet accelerates the development of kidney damage. A recent study suggests that a vegetarian diet may be adequate to slow the progression of the disease. Apparently vegetarian protein does not have the same adverse effect that animal protein diets. (Diabetic Medicine 8:949-953, 1991)
Copyright 1991 Phylis A Austin