Europeans do not consume enough vitamins and minerals
All the women had healthy, balanced diets as recorded in food diaries. At the start of the study, they either did not have regular periods, which was impacting on their ability to conceive, or had 12 months of unexplained infertility. The vitamin group was given a daily standard dose of Pregnacare Conception while the other group received a daily standard dose of folic acid. The results showed that 60 per cent of women taking Pregnacare Conception got pregnant (18 out of 30) compared to 25 per cent of those taking folic acid (11 out of 28). Women on Pregnacare also took far fewer attempts to get pregnant than those on folic acid. Fifteen women conceived on their first attempt, four on their second and one on her third.
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Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?
It is important for consumers to have an open dialogue with their health care practitioners about their dietary supplement regimens, and hopefully this book won’t deter them from doing so.” The abundance of strong studies on the harmful effects of megavitamins suggests to Offit that these supplements are worse than Vioxx. That was an anti-inflammatory drug that its manufacturer, Merck, voluntarily withdrew from the market in 2004 after evidence emerged of its harm to the heart in some people. “I think if vitamins were a regulated industry, you could argue that megavitamins would have a black box warning on them,” he told CNN. Because the industry is not regulated, Offit said, no one knows if alternative remedies are actually the same, or have a standard concentration, from batch to batch.
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According to the authors, despite its limited data, this study provides “valuable information on micronutrient intake in Europe and the likelihood of its inadequacy country by country.” The study, which compares the latest data from dietary surveys representing the various territories, shows that, of the 17 compounds analysed, there is a great prevalence of ‘improvable’ intakes of various micronutrients, especially iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6, vitamin D and folic acid . “In the case of vitamins, low levels of consumption in all age and sex groups do not pose a risk except in the case of vitamin D,” the experts continue. However, for minerals, the risk of inadequate intake is larger in certain groups depending on age. “To our knowledge, this is the first time micronutrient consumption has been evaluated across several countries.
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