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“D”feat Depression

Posted Feb 05 2013 10:08pm
Posted on Feb. 5, 2013, 6 a.m. in Mental Health Depression Vitamins

A number of recent studies suggest that Vitamin D exerts various health effects, with the merging data suggesting a link between vitamin D status and depression. Jane Maddock, from the University College London (United Kingdom), and colleagues analyzed data from 7,401 participants in the 1958 British birth cohort. Questionnaires elucidated behaviors at 45 years, and standardized scales assessed for depression, anxiety, panic, and phobia. The team found that at age 45, higher levels of vitamin D associated with lower risks of depression and panic. As well, age 50, the results indicated a non-linear association between vitamin D and depression, with lower risk for people with vitamin D levels between 50 and 85 nmol/L. The study authors conclude that: “This study provides support for an association of low [Vitamin D] concentrations with current and subsequent risk of depression in mid-adulthood.”

Jane Maddock, Diane J. Berry, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Chris Power, Elina Hypponen. “Vitamin D and common mental disorders in mid-life: cross-sectional and prospective findings.”  Clinical Nutrition 21 January 2013.

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Enjoy these foods and beverages that have been shown to promote good oral health:

• Green tea: University of Illinois-Chicago (USA) researchers found that drinking green tea reduced the number of bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath. In a separate study, Pace University (USA) scientists found that flavorids, a compound in green tea, work with the germ killers in toothpaste and mouthwash, boosting their effectiveness at warding off viruses and preventing cavities.

• Black tea: A study by the Vivekananda Institute (India) reported in 2005 that people who drank black tea for one year had a reduced risk of developing oral cancer.

• Cranberry juice: Researchers at the University of Rochester (USA) have shown that cranberry juice helps to stop bacteria from sticking to teeth, thereby preventing the formation of plaque (the cause of tooth decay and gum disease). Separate research by a team at University of Illinois-Chicago (USA) found that cranberry juice interfered with the viability and growth of oral pathogens.

• Raisins: In 2005, University of Illinois-Chicago (USA) researchers found that two compounds in raisins were successful in fighting bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.
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