Regulating Hormones

Chasteberry shows great ability for regulating the menstrual cycle and has shown to alleviate symptoms of PMS. In addition, despite limited clinical data, chasteberry displays mechanisms which are important in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Soy isoflavones have distinct differences from other phytoestrogens and have proven in doses above 50mg/d that it provides effective relief from menopausal hot flushes.

Maternal Vitamin D Status Determines Bone Variables in the Newborn

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print] Viljakainen HT, Saarnio E, Hytinantti T, Miettinen M, Surcel H, Mäkitie O, Andersson S, Laitinen K, Lamberg-Allardt C. Context: Vitamin D regulates 3% of the human genome, including effects on bone health throughout life. Maternal vitamin D status may program neonatal skeletal development. The […]

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may impair maternal and fetal outcomes

Med Hypotheses. 2010 Jan;74(1):71-5. Epub 2009 Aug 18. Lapillonne A. Over the past decade, new evidence has shown that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the risk of developing a wide range of common chronic diseases that are different from the classic action on calcium and bone homeostasis. Acting through the vitamin D receptor, vitamin […]

Atopy Risk in Infants and Children in Relation to Early Exposure to Fish, Oily Fish, or Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Systematic Review

Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2009 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print] Kremmyda LS, Vlachava M, Noakes PS, Diaper ND, Miles EA, Calder PC. There are two main families of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), the n-6 and the n-3 families. It has been suggested that there is a causal relationship between n-6 PUFA intake and allergic […]

Maternal fish and other seafood intakes during pregnancy and child neurodevelopment at age 4 years

Public Health Nutr. 2009 Oct;12(10):1702-10. Epub 2008 Nov 25. Mendez MA, Torrent M, Julvez J, Ribas-Fitó N, Kogevinas M, Sunyer J. Objective: To analyse the relationship between maternal intakes of fish and other seafood during pregnancy and child neurodevelopment at age 4 years. Although pregnant women are advised to limit seafood intakes because of possible […]

Lower maternal folate status in early pregnancy is associated with childhood hyperactivity and peer problems in offspring

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print] Schlotz W, Jones A, Phillips DI, Gale CR, Robinson SM, Godfrey KM. Maternal nutrition during pregnancy is associated with fetal brain development and psychopathology in offspring. This study aims to examine the relationship between maternal folate status and dietary intake during pregnancy with offspring […]

Folic Acid May Help Prevent Premature Birth

Long known to help prevent birth defects, folic acid may also help prevent premature births. In a large study that included 38,033 pregnant women, researchers found that women who took folic acid supplements for a year or longer before conception had a 70 percent decreased risk of preterm birth between 20 and 28 weeks of […]

Fish intake while pregnant may boost your child’s brain power

Preschoolers whose mothers regularly ate low-mercury fish during pregnancy may have sharper minds than their peers, a study suggests. Researchers found that among 341 3-year-olds, those whose mothers ate more than two servings of fish per week during pregnancy generally performed better on tests of verbal, visual and motor development. On the other hand, tests […]

Pregnant women in rural Vietnam are at risk of iodine deficiency

In Vietnam, iodised salt costs more than normal salt, making it difficult for the lower socio-economic groups to purchase.  Iodine is essential for cell metabolism and fetal growth. When iodine is deficient in an infant, the result is cretinism and mental retardation through limiting fetal growth. This is irreversible if uncorrected. In developing countries, iodine […]

The link between maternal vitamin D intake and Type 1 diabetes in the offspring

Vitamin D has been postulated to be involved in immunity as the enzyme responsible for the conversion of inactive vitamin D to its active form is found in many immune cells (macrophages, dendritic cells, B and T cells). It is also hypothesized to be protective in autoimmunity, a condition which T1DM falls under. This case-control […]