Why Your Brain Loves Vitamin D

by Mia Syn, M.S., R.D. Vitamin D has long been referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Vitamin D researchers suggest that 5-30 minutes of sun exposure at least twice a week between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to exposed skin without sunscreen will result in sufficient vitamin D synthesis. (1) However, research suggests that almost 50…

The One Vitamin You Are Low In

  By: Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. Unless you’re supplementing daily with vitamin D, it’s likely you are deficient and don’t even know it. Up to three in every four people tested are low in this vitamin. What’s the risk? Until recently, vitamin D’s sole job was to support calcium absorption and deposition into bone, thus lowering osteoporosis…

The Benefits of Vitamin D

As Americans begin to spend more time indoors and the daylight hours begin to shorten, it is important to consider your levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important nutrient, which allows our bodies to absorb calcium to build stronger bones. This is especially important during childhood and adolescence when there is rapid physical…

The benefits of omega-3s for infants

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlights the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, for infants. Researchers found higher intakes of DHA during pregnancy were associated with longer gestation duration and birth size. DHA omega-3 is considered one of most important nutrients for babies, along with folic acid and…

Hot Nutrition Tips (Part I)

Nutrition has never been so hot. According to Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way to Sexy,” recent research has enhanced the field of nutrition. From vitamins to oats, check out some of the recent findings. Hot Discovery #1: Vitamin D works far beyond its role as a bone-builder Last year marked…

Building Beautiful Minds – The “Big 3” for Baby & Me

Let’s start at the beginning and look at some of the important building blocks for every woman’s diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding to help support positive brain health of their babies. Folic acid is a B vitamin important for healthy cells. Diets with adequate folic acid may reduce a woman’s risk of having a…