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The Checkup Archive: Vitamins

USDA finds eggs better than cracked up to be

Eggs, which hadn't been evaluated since 2002, turn out to have 14 percent less cholesterol and 64 percent more Vitamin D than before. Specifically, a large egg now has 185 mg of cholesterol and 41 IU of Vitamin D. That's down from 212 mg of cholesterol and up from 18 IU of Vitamin D.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 8, 2011; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Vitamins, usda  
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New vitamin D recommendations

Despite mounting pressure to urge many Americans to sharply boost their vitamin D levels, new official recommendations are not advocating a huge increase in the amount of the "sunshine vitamin" that people get. The United States and Canada asked the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy...

By Rob Stein  | November 30, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Aging, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Dietary Guidelines, Dietary supplements, Nutrition and Fitness, Prevention, Vitamins, osteoporosis  
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Is that right? Vitamin E boosts cardio health?

The new study teases out results from previous research regarding Vitamin E supplements' effect on cardiovascular health. Until that teasing-out, it had seemed that extra Vitamin E (beyond that that we typically get through our diets) didn't much affect our risk of cardiovascular disease one way or another. But on closer inspection, it turns out that taking Vitamin E, while reducing risk of ischemic stroke by about 10 percent, actually increases risk of the more-dangerous hemorrhagic stroke by 22 percent.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, Nutrition and Fitness, Prevention, Vitamins  
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Vitamins fail another test

The supposed benefits of vitamins have suffered another blow. In this case it's B vitamins, which do not appear to protect stroke patients from subsequent heart attacks or strokes, according to the biggest, best study to examine the issue. Previous research has suggested that people with elevated levels of an...

By Rob Stein  | August 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Prevention, Strokes, Vitamins  
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