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Deep Wrinkles May Be a Health Warning

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Researchers recently found that deep wrinkles may be a sign of an increased risk for bone fractures. In a study of 114  postmenopausal women, it was discovered that those who had numerous, deep wrinkles on their neck and face were more likely to have low bone density in their hips, spine, and heels and this relationship was independent of age or of factors known to influence bone mass. Since collagen is found in both skin and bones, it makes sense that a loss of collagen in...

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Vitamin E Deficiency-Are You at Risk?

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Vitamin E benefits many functions in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant whose main job is to protect cells from free radical damage. It also plays a role in supporting a healthy immune system. It is used to prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration, and cataracts, reduce oxidative stress, and improve cognitive function. Vitamin E deficiency is rare, except in those who are malnourished or who have mal- absorption conditions (celiac disease, cystic...

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Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms

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Vitamin C health benefits include the production of the tissue that holds muscles and bones together, promotes wound healing; supports immune function and keeps gums healthy and since vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant it may reduce the risk of some cancers and prevent signs of aging. It also is helps your body absorb the iron from plant foods.  It is found to be helpful in the prevention of cataracts, macular degeneration, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and colds and...

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Vitamin A Health Benefits

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Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which is stored in the liver. Found in animal foods and converted from beta-carotene in plant foods, vitamin A health benefits include: healthy vision, gene expression, reproduction, embryonic development, red blood cell production, and immune function. Deficiency is rare in Canada, but common in developing countries due to malnutrition. It causes night blindness, dry eyes and skin, and impaired growth. Drugs that deplete vitamin A...

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How Much Magnesium Do You Need?

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Magnesium is required for nerve and muscle function, formation of bones and teeth, synthesis of the antioxidant glutathione, cell membranes, and body temperature regulation; involved in energy production, numerous enzyme reactions, and synthesis of DNA and RNA. It is used by the body to prevent heart disease and in the treatment of high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and asthma. Although deficiency is uncommon, it...

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