It's Winesday!!

Wednesday has become synonymous with the terms of endearment "Hump Day" and "Winesday".  Once we have made it over the hump we are closer to the weekend and (hopefully) relaxation and decompression from the stressful week we endured. 

I thought it would be fun to share some health benefits associated with (moderate) indulgence in "Winesday".  I said moderate, so don't start pounding bottles tonight!

Compliments of this Food & Wine article. 

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity

The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke

The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline

The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

CHEERS!

Source: http://http://www.foodandwine.com/articles...

Calcium and Vitamin D and increased risk for cardiovascular disease?

By now most people understand that Calcium absorption is promoted by Vitamin D.  What most of you may not know is that you may potentially be promoting heart disease if you take Calcium with a Vitamin D supplement.   

Vitamin K, along with vitamin D, are essential for the bones to uptake and incorporate calcium.  Studies suggest that K2 specifically may help reduce cardiovascular risks associated with plaque deposition and arterial calcification by helping to direct D3 and therefore calcium to the bones rather than allowing it to freely deposit elsewhere as it circulates in the blood.   

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*Plaque development and calcium deposition within the vessel wall leads to hardening of the arteries which reduces the diameter of the lumen and restricts the flow of blood to coronary smooth muscle. Lack of blood flow causes lack of oxygen to the tissue, which results in cell death.   

In a healthy individual, calcium regulating hormones control where calcium is directed, with the vast majority being stored in the bones and a very small amount in the extracellualr fluid and soft tissues.  D3 is produced in the body via ingestion of precursor vitamin D3 (a precursor to a hormone) or through the skin via sun exposure. 

Vitamin K is found in broccoli, cabbage as well as in dairy products and egg yolks. Recommended daily intake is 120 mcg for adult men and 90 mcg for adult women.  

Many of us are Vitamin D deficient. A simple blood test can determine if you are a member of this category.  If you are indoors and do not have regular sun exposure you may be deficient.  Additionally, if you have dark skin or live far from the equator you are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency.   

If you have questions about what supplements may be appropriate for you and would like to order high quality supplements contact us for additional information!