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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Vitamin E hype

By Harvard Health Letters





JewishWorldReview.com | Vitamin E is a popular supplement, hyped to improve your health for everything from the brain to the bedroom. However, the science backing up those claims is largely inconclusive.


Now, a recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine further suggests that too much vitamin E may even weaken your bones.


Researchers found that rats given megadoses of vitamin E developed bones 20 percent weaker than those of rats on a normal diet. The amount of vitamin E given the rats was proportionately far in excess of what most human beings consume in their regular diet, or what is in a typical vitamin E supplement.


But you should still be careful how much vitamin E you consume, cautions Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.


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The U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin E is only 15 milligrams (mg), although many vitamin E supplements come in 400 mg doses, and the upper limit of what is considered a safe dose of vitamin E is 800 to 1,000 mg per day.


"More recent meta-analyses suggests that doses above 400 mg a day may be harmful," says Dr. Bistrian.

UNDERSTANDING VITAMIN E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties that help protect cells against breakdown. That suggests that antioxidants may protect against cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, but Dr. Bistrian says high doses don't equate to more protection.


"Unlike most medicines, nutrients are often harmful when taken in relatively small amounts above what would be considered beneficial," he says. "According to this study, it seems that megadoses of vitamin E can increase the breakdown of bone."


He notes, however, that one must be careful when applying the results of animal studies to humans. "It is a large leap from rodents to man," Dr. Bistrian says.

GETTING YOUR VITAMIN E
Vitamin E deficiency is rare in industrialized societies, though Dr. Bistrian says that diseases affecting absorption of food from the intestine, such as cystic fibrosis and celiac syndrome, can lead to deficiencies in vitamin E.


If you want your RDA of vitamin E from dietary sources only, consider adding more nuts and green vegetables to your diet. Just one ounce of almonds contains about 7 mg of vitamin E-- nearly half the daily allowance--while half a cup of spinach has about 2 mg. -- Harvard Health Letter

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