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Over 80 percent of COVID-19 patients have vitamin D deficiency, study finds

Over 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study. ...

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Vitamin A boosts fat burning in cold conditions

A recent study shows that cold ambient temperatures increase vitamin A levels in humans and mice. This helps convert bad white adipose tissue into good brown adipose tissue which stimulates fat burning and heat generation. ...

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Plant genetic engineering to fight 'hidden hunger'

More than two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. Poor people in developing countries are most affected, as their diets are typically dominated by starchy staple foods, which are inexpensive sources of calories but contain low amounts of micronutrients. Researchers now explain how plant genetic engineering can help to sustainably address micronutrient malnutrition. ...

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Excess folic acid during pregnancy harms brain development of mice

A study of pregnant mice found high levels of folic acid were associated with significant changes in brain development of offspring. ...

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Exposure to vitamin D in the womb might minimize risk of high blood pressure for children born to mothers with preeclampsia

Children appear to be at greater risk of having high blood pressure when their mothers had the high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia during pregnancy -- but this adverse association may be reduced or even eliminated for children who were exposed to higher levels of vitamin D in the womb. ...

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LED-based UV irradiation safely prevents the loss of bone and muscle mass in mice

A research team has revealed that narrow-range ultraviolet (UV) irradiation using light emitting diodes (LEDs) safely increases serum vitamin D levels in aging mice and thereby prevents the loss of their bone and muscle mass. ...

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Dietary folate, magnesium, and dairy products may all help stave off bowel cancer, study finds

Folate, magnesium, and dairy products may all help stave off bowel cancer, but theres no evidence that garlic or onions, fish, tea or coffee protect against the disease, finds a new analysis. ...

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