Potassium and Hardening of the Arteries

Dietary Potassium May Alleviate Hardening of the Arteries

A new mouse study recently published shows Potassium may protect against vascular calcification (hardening of the arteries).  Additionally increased aortic stiffness was also seen in the mouse model when compared with normal Potassium fed mice.  Arterial stiffness in humans is usually a predictor of heart disease and cardiovascular mortality. Mice prone to atherosclerosis were fed…

Vitamin D and Pre-Eclampsia

Recent RCT Discovers Vitamin D Deficiency May Double the Risk of Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women

A new study finds that gestational hypertension/preeclampsia could be reduced with Vitamin D supplementation therapy. Over 140 women with a history of preeclampsia participated in this study.  Women with hypertension before their pregnancy, a history of pulmonary, renal or cardiac disease and Vitamin D levels above 25 ng/ml (optimal Vitamin D levels are considered to…

Magnesium and Dementia

Magnesium Status and Dementia: Is There a Link ?

A new study published in Neurology, shows people with either low or high blood levels of Magnesium may have a higher risk of developing dementia. Approximately 9,500 individuals participated in this prospective study.  Participants with an average age of 65 who did not have dementia were followed for an average of 8 years.  Serum Magnesium…

Vitamin E and Colorectal Cancer

Vitamin E Deficiency May Lead to Increased Colorectal Cancer Risk

A new meta-analysis and systematic review found a Vitamin E deficiency may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers looked at 11 studies published between 1950 and 2016.  Over 520 colorectal cancer patients and almost 6,000 healthy controls participated in these various studies that looked at the link between serum Vitamin E…