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!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Maternal vitamin D supports baby’s brain.

This large-scale prospective pregnancy cohort study examines the association between maternal circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 concentrations in pregnancy and offspring neuropsychological development.
Higher circulating concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in pregnancy was associated with improved mental and psychomotor development in infants.
Mothers with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have children with slower brain development and lower mental and motor skills, warn researchers.

Circulating 25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 in Pregnancy and Infant Neuropsychological Development Pediatrics 2012; 130:4 e913-e920

Maternal Vitamin C Deficiency during Pregnancy Persistently Impairs Neural Development

Planning to have a baby? Better pay careful attention to your vitamin C intake! Even marginal vitamin C deficiency in the mother stunts the fetal hippocampus, the important memory center, by 10-15 per cent, preventing the brain from optimal development.

Population studies show that between 10-20 per cent of all adults in the developed world suffer from vitamin C deficiency. Therefore, pregnant women should think twice about omitting their daily prenatal.
–Maternal Vitamin C Deficiency during Pregnancy Persistently Impairs Hippocampal Neurogenesis. PLoS One. 2012;7(10)
–Vitamin C deficiency in early postnatal life impairs spatial memory Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Sep; 90(3):540-6. Epub 2009 Jul 29.