Magnesium Muscle and Performance

Effect of Oral Magnesium Supplementation on Physical Performance in Healthy Elderly Women Involved in a Weekly Exercise Program

A new study found that 12 weeks of supplementation with Magnesium Oxide improved physical performance in elderly women who were healthy at the onset of the study. 139 women participated in this study.  These women with a mean age of 71.5 years all attended a fitness program involving mild exercise.  Participants were randomly assigned to…

Calcium and Bone Density in Postmenpausal Women

Calcium Supplementation Could Prevent Reduced Bone Density in Active Post-Menopausal Women

A new study found supplementation with Calcium could prevent exercise associated reductions in bone density in post menopausal women. 33 women between the age of 57 and 65 participated in this double-blind, randomized, cross over study.  The first group of 10 women, drank a sports drink with 1000 mg of calcium added one hour before…

Could Low Vitamin D Put Postmenopausal Women At a Higher Risk of Metabolic Syndrome?

According to new data the onset of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) in postmenopausal women may be closely linked to Vitamin D deficiency.  Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) was seen in 58% of postmenopausal women with either deficient or insufficient levels of Vitamin D when compared with a 40% occurrence in women with adequate Vitamin D levels. Over 450…

Vitamin D and Fertility

Could Vitamin D Help Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment?

A new meta-analysis and review appearing in Human Reproduction found higher Vitamin D levels were associated with better birth rates in women receiving fertility treatment. 11 studies with over 2,700 women undergoing fertility treatment, frozen embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and/or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were reviewed.  Participants Vitamin D status was measured by…

Curcumin and Weight Gain

Could Curcumin Benefit Gut Diversity and Prevent Post-Menopausal Weight Gain?

According to a new study on rats, Curcumin may aid in reversing decreases in the diversity of gut bacteria after an ovariectomy (OVX) which may prevent weight gain often seen in post-menopausal women. The study lasted 12 weeks.  Rats were split into three groups: rats having undergone an ovariectomy and fed distilled water (OVX); a…