Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Low Vitamin D and Risk of Depression

Older men and women whose vitamin D blood levels are below 30ng/ml are more likely to become depressed over time, new research shows.
A flood of studies have shown potential health benefits of vitamin D, and the price we might pay for having a vitamin D deficiency. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and more severe asthma.
In people of all ages, insufficient vitamin D is quite common, and in elders low vitamin D has been linked to fractures, worse physical function, greater frailty, and a wide variety of chronic illness.
Be sure to get your Vitamin D levels tested. Ideally you want to be between 30 and 100ng/ml in US measurement..or above 75nmol/L in Canada, UK or NZ

Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Depressive Symptoms in Older Women and Men
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 95, No. 7 3225-3233

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