The Exciting News About Vitamin D

There’s so much important research and information being published on Vitamin D that we’ve had to set a “Google Alert” just to keep track of everything! Every day there are more and more articles being published on the importance of Vitamin D in our daily diets. Here’s just a sample of some of the most recent articles we’ve come across.

Elderly need more ‘sun vitamin’
BBC News – UK
Sun exposure helps the skin make vitamin D – a vitamin older people are generally deficient in due to their lifestyles and natural aging processes…
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Study links vitamin D to improved performance
The Coloradoan – Fort Collins, CO, USA
Most of us would be wise to apply this consideration toward vitamin D, a controversial vitamin that has recently been in the news…
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Vitamin D: A “Legal” Performance Enhancing Substance?
Food Consumer – Lisle, IL, USA
Vitamin D, or the “sunshine” vitamin as some call it, seems to serve as a type of natural “steroid” in that it improves musculoskeletal performance…
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Vitamin D good for brains and lungs, say new studies
Increased intakes of the sunshine vitamin may slow age-related losses in mental function, and ease breathing in asthma sufferers, according to two new studies…
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If you have any second thoughts on the importance of Vitamin D in your diet, set up a “Google Alert” and see for yourself. The results, in just one day will astound you.

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When it Comes to a Healthy Diet… Think Mediterranean

Recent research points to the health benefits enjoyed by those who consume a “Mediterranean Diet”. Most notably, the diet contains elements that are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

So, what is a Mediterranean Diet and how can you enjoy the benefits? Very simply, it is a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, nuts, legumes, wine, cereals, fish and olive oil, while also being low in dairy, meat junk foods and fat. This dietary pattern has been linked to longer life spans, a healthy heart, and many other important health benefits The diet’s main nutritional elements include Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, tocopherols, polyphenols and essential minerals.

So, what if you’re not a gourmet chef trained in the ways of Mediterranean cooking or simple don’t have the time to cook every night? Make sure you are supplementing your diet with a high quality Omega-3 Fish Oil (try our Triple Action Omega for a powerful 1-2-3 combination of Omega-3s, Coenzyme Q10 and natural Plant Sterols for superior heart support) and a potent multivitamin (like Perfect Multi Super Greens with the ORAC value of more than 10 servings of fruits and vegetables plus 500 mg of vitamin C and 500 IU of vitamin A and 800 mcg of Folic Acid).

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The Importance of Calcium

Supplementing with Calcium… a subject I’ve never given much thought to until recently. It turns out that being 45 and female, I now have to be cognizant of my daily calcium intake. Truth is, there are now lots of things I have to be more cognizant of – but the list just seems to keep growing. Weight loss for me is up there – eating a diet with more fruits and vegetables (less fats, carbs and sugars) also tops the list. And let’s not forget about regular exercise… I happen to work right across the street from my gym and yet I still find motivation and scheduling a challenge sometimes.

Most of my girlfriends are between the ages of 45 and 55, which is convenient because it means that we share a lot of these issues that are unique to our age group. When we get together – as we often do, health issues and nutritional topics inevitably become part of our conversation. Some of the things we have in common include taking a complete multi-vitamin every day as well as a Calcium supplement. And while none of us has experienced bone loss (we’ve all checked), we all agree with the current available information that says taking a calcium supplement every day can help reduce certain risk factors for Osteoporosis. Other risk factors include inactivity, cigarette smoking and excessive intake of alcohol. According to The Nutritional Institute of Health (NIH), bone thinning due to osteoporosis affects over 8 Million women and 2 million men in America.

I am privileged to be working for a nutritional supplement company like Purity Products that offers some pretty terrific Calcium products. Our Cal-Advantage Powders for instance are a nice choice because they contain a dynamic group of nutrients including Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Boron etc. It’s available in Lemon / Lime or Orange Flavors. This formulation supports strong bones and bone density which is something I really appreciate. We are also about to debut Cal Advantage Tablets, which will be a nice option. This new formula has been fortified with a Patented Boron Complex for added bone density support. Another good formula is Advanced Cal HA, which is very popular. In addition to adequate amounts of Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Boron etc. it also provides 50 mg of Hyaluronic Acid per serving, which adds support for healthy joints and cartilage. So, while we can’t stop the aging process, we can invest in things like wholesome food, good nutrition and strong friendships, important things that I believe will pay healthy dividends.

– Lori Michel, Quality Control Manager

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Purity Products stands with the Vitamin Angels Alliance

I recently received an email from Howard Schiffer of the Vitamin Angels, updating me on all the wonderful things he and his foundation are doing to prevent Vitamin A deficiency related blindness and other easily preventable diseases.

Most recently, Howard was visiting several tribal regions of central and northern India where proper nutrition as well as proper health care, are a rarity.  The diets in these areas mainly consist of rice, Dal (dried lentils) and Roti (flat breads), none of which are a good source of Vitamin A.  Howard and his group brought the children of these areas, Vitamin A supplements as well as de-worming medications and information for the parents on the importance of proper nutrition for both them and their children.

I am very proud that Purity Products stands with the Vitamin Angels Alliance in their fight to eradicate Vitamin A deficiency related blindness.  A portion of every sale goes to supporting the Vitamin Angels, and through our in house “Coffee Clutch For A Cure” program, all of the money collected in our company coffee machine gets donated as well.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Had A Secret Weapon… FISH OIL!

I recently read an article featured in the Feb 2nd edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette indicating the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers had a secret weapon, and it wasn’t just Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes.  Their secret weapon?  Fish Oil!

As it turns out, 36 members of the Pittsburgh Steelers took part in a 2 year, double blind clinical study on the benefits of highly refined Omega-3 fish oil.  20 players were given healthy doses of Omega-3 Fish Oil and 16 were given a placebo.

The results of the study were impressive and included:

  • Omega-3 Fish Oil Supports Healthy “good” cholesterol levels (LDL).
  • Omega-3 Fish Oil supports healthy triglyceride levels already within the normal range.
  • Highly refined, ultra pure Omega-3 supplementation is recommended “not only during their active NFL careers, but throughout their retirement as well.”

So, the next time you think about whether it’s worth it for you to take your Omega-3s every day, think about the Pittsburgh Steelers and their accomplishments.  They were the only team with active players featured in the Fish Oil study and they won the Super Bowl.   Note they used “highly refined” fish oil, which indicates it was an ultra pure, super concentrated form, just like we provide at Purity Products. If it’s good for them, you can bet it’s good for you!

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