March 5, 2011

001 March is Nutrition Month [2 March 2009]

New research is coming out all the time linking nutrition with a wide variety of health issues.  Here are two of the recent research issues connecting nutrition and health.

Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage and relatives) have been found to prevent several types of cancer including lung, breast, ovarian, bladder and prostate cancers. The active compounds, called isothiocyanates, are especially high in broccoli and broccoli sprouts, but also found in brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Now you know why your mom kept nagging you to eat your broccoli!

Vitamin D has been much in the news recently. We have long known of its role in calcium metabolism and bone strength, but new studies are finding many surprising roles for the "sunshine vitamin". Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be associated with inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis), chronic pain, and renal (kidney) failure and is suspected of playing a role in Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression, Crohn's disease and even obesity. Optimum Vitamin D levels has been shown to boost the immune system and prevent cancers of the colon, skin, breast and prostate. The safest and most effective form of this vitamin family is cholecalciferol or D3, found in the higher quality supplements - insist on it.

With March being Nutrition Month, this is a good time to look at your diet and supplement habits to see where you can improve your health naturally (with only good side effects). As Rosetown's only health food store, we are your source of high quality supplements and organic foods. We even have broccoli sprouting seeds!

This article is intended for educational purposes only; for medical advice consult your licensed health practitioner.

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