Topic of the Month

Can a high dose vitamin E supplementation delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease?

A recent study by Professor Maurice Dysken of the University of Minnesota Medical School provides data that indicates that high dose vitamin E supplementation could be useful as a therapeutic treatment to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.



Expert Opinion

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and Migraine: the Bridge over Troubled Mitochondria

Expert Opinion

Professor Bruno Colombo is a neurologist at San Raphaele Hospital, part of the University of Vita-Salute, Milan, Italy. He has found a defect in mitochondria can reduce the threshold for migraine attacks. He has found riboflavin, a cofactor in oxidative metabolism, may be able to overcome this impaired function of the mitochondria.



Low serum vitamin D status worsens outcomes after ischaemic stroke
July 01, 2015 - 

Vitamin D not only assists good bone health, as there is growing evidence that it can protect against cardiovascular disease too. Ischaemic stroke is third most common cause of death in the industrialized world, responsible for around 10% of total mortality. We report on new trial results that demonstrate the importance of a good vitamin status to improve the outcome of stroke patients 90 days after the initial event.

Low serum vitamin D levels in deprived Amazonian children can be largely attributed to the BSMI single nucleotide polymorphism in the vitamin D receptor gene
June 26, 2015 - 

Vitamin D has an essential role for bone health. The action of the biologically active form 1,25(OH)2D is controlled by a hormone receptor called VDR (vitamin D receptor) which regulates aspects of calcium absorption and bone forming proteins. Polymorphism of the BsmI gene has been found to account for 23% of the variation in 1,25(OH)2D in a recent study of deprived Amazonian children (1). In addition to vitamin D deficiency, the children were found to be at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.

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