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Calcium supplements may interfere with thyroid replacement therapy

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) is a common condition in women around menopause (40 years and above). Incidentally this group is also at a risk of developing osteoporosis (bone loss); hence such individuals may be recommended both thyroid hormone replacement drugs (such as levothyroxine) and calcium supplements. Studies have found that taking calcium supplements and thyroid [...]

Multivitamin supplements reduces risk of birth defects:

There has been an aware increase in the intake of vitamin supplements during pregnancy in the past few years. In fact, the link between such supplements and a healthy foetus has been proven beyond doubt. Women who regularly take multivitamins starting form three months before conception and continuing till the first trimester of pregnancy may [...]

Food intake should be synchronized with blood group

Dr. Peter J.D’ Adamo has shown that there is a relationship between blood group and food intake. According to him, blood type refers one’s own internal chemistry. Actually it determines the way one absorbs and metabolizes the nutrients. Moreover, what foods will be tolerated well in one’s body is also determined by the blood group [...]

Prebiotics and probiotics: new concept in dietary supplements:

A probiotic is a microbial dietary supplement that beneficially affects the intestinal tract.  Prebiotics are indigestible food ingredients and what they essentially do is selectively stimulate the growth and/or activity of one or a number of bacteria in the colon. In other words we can say that prebiotics induce change in intestinal flora (bacteria). Commonly, [...]

Dietary supplements and mental health

Various investigations have established a relationship between diet and brain development and/or functions. Some examples of this relationship are neural tube defects (neural tube in the embryo gives rise to the central nervous system, hence abnormal development of the neural tube can produce congenital malformations of the nervous system) during early pregnancy due to folate [...]

Vitamin supplements can improve mood disorders

Some clinical trials have established that Vitamin B Complex (especially thiamine, riboflavin and pyridoxine) can lessen mood swings in males as well as females. However, the effect is noted to be more prominent in females. Therefore, intake of food items like milk, cheese, eggs, liver, kidney, cabbage and leafy vegetables, that are rich in B complex [...]

Diet rich in milk may reduce heart disease risk

A recent study has revealed that a diet high in milk may protect against stroke and other heart diseases. These results contradicted the earlier findings which claimed that high dairy product intake may increase the risk of heart diseases. The study also revoked previous claims that milk raises blood cholesterol level and also increases the [...]

Skipping meals to lose weight is not effective

A new study showed that increasing meal frequency could help in controlling obesity. This study indicated that people who eat more frequently during the day have almost half the incidence of obesity compared to people who eat less often. It has been observed that people who take four (3 meals and 1-2 snacks) or more [...]

Low glycemic index foods better than low-fat diet

A recently conducted small study done at Boston revealed that foods with a low GI (glycemic index), which are digested relatively slowly and causes smaller rise in blood sugar, may protect the heart and blood vessels better than low-fat diet/foods. In this study, 23 obese young adults are enrolled and are instructed to follow either [...]