NCI Well Connect: April 18, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that at least 40-50% of individuals of Northern European ancestry, 20% of Asians, more than 25% of Hispanics, and less than 1% of African Americans have MTHFR genetic deficiencies, which impedes the body's ability to utilize folic acid? There's an easy fix for this if you have the deficiency.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
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What a Month for Vitamin D
Bonnie and Steve: If you ever doubted the importance of maintaining optimal vitamin D levels, read what has been published just in the last month.

While we have suspected it for years, we have not been able to confirm, until now, that genetic deficiencies do not allow us to fully utilize vitamin D from food and supplements.

We are ecstatic to announce that we can test you for the genetic vitamin D deficiency through our partnership with Pure Genomics. For more information on get this done, click on this link.

  • Researchers in the April issue of PLOS One report that higher levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a reduced risk of cancer. Women with 25(OH)D concentrations of 40 or greater had a 67 percent lower risk of cancer than women with levels of 20 or less.
  • Regular doses of vitamin D3 supplements improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new study presented at this month's American College of Cardiology annual meeting suggests. In the patients who took Vitamin D3, the heart's pumping function improved from 26% to 34%, compared with no change in those who took the placebo.
  • Inclusion of foods containing vitamin D in maternal diets during pregnancy has beneficial effects on childhood allergic rhinitis, according to a study in this month'sJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Each 100IU per day of food-based vitamin D intake during the first and second trimesters was associated with 21% and 20% reduced odds of ever allergic rhinitis at school age.
  • In younger postmenopausal women fallers, isolated vitamin D supplementation of 1000 IU per day for 9 months resulted in a lower incidence of falls and improvement in postural balance, according to a new study in the April issue of Menopause.
  • Authors of a study in the April issue of Evidence-Based Mental Health state that vitamin D deficiency remains a widespread problem in patients with schizophrenia. Several environmental risk factors for schizophrenia, such as season of birth, latitude and migration, are to blame. In addition, obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and cardiovascular disease, which are commonly seen in patients with schizophrenia, might be related to vitamin D deficiency as well. Benefits of vitamin D supplementation to improve schizophrenia symptoms and physical health in patients with schizophrenia should be implemented.
  • Adults with the lowest concentrations of circulating vitamin D3 levels had the highest risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new study in the April issue of Maturitas. Those with the highest vitamin D levels had 83% lower odds of AMD compared with those with the lowest levels. In addition, participants with vitamin D3 levels less than 50 had more than twice the odds of late AMD.
New Genetic Test for Vitamin A & D Absorption?

Bonnie and Steve:
 If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. You can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is coming soon: genes associated with how well you can absorb vitamin A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

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