April 22, 2013

Magic Mushrooms

1 Mushrooms a Great Source of Vitamin D

Mushrooms containing vitamin D2 - from exposure to ultraviolet light - can provide as much vitamin D as supplements say researchers from Boston University School of Medicine. The study included 30 healthy adults who took either 2000 IU of vitamin D2, vitamin D3 or mushroom powder daily for 12 weeks during the winter. Baseline serum Vitamin D levels were similar for all participants. Blood tests taken during and after the study showed an increase and maintenance of vitamin D levels which were also similar for all participants. Adequate amounts of vitamin D are essential for bone health, muscle strength and for modulating the immune system to help fight infections and reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and depression.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Low Vitamin D Linked to Headaches

Tags: Boston University School of Medicine, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Immune System, Infections, Mushrooms, Vitamin D, Vitamin D3, Mushrooms and Vitamin D, Vitamin D2

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40% of Parents Report Using Them

2 OTC Cough, Cold Meds Are Not for Babies

Forty percent of parents report giving OTC cough and cold medicines to their young children finds the U of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. In 2008, the FDA issued an advisory that these medications not be used in children under age 2 as they may cause serious side effects. In response, manufacturers changed package labels to state that the meds not be used for children under age 4. What’s confusing is “often these products are labeled prominently as 'children's' medications. The details are often on the back of the box, in small print,” says Matthew M. Davis, poll director, who advises parents to read directions and call their child’s health care provider about questions regarding OTC meds. “What’s good for adults is not always good for children.”

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Infant Food May Be Toxic in Developing Countries

Tags: OTC Cold Medicine, OTC Medicine, University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll, Matthew M. Davis, Children and Cough Medicine

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