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Study shows Vitamin C may improve mood

Well, you know me and my surfing the internet!

So… I found a study that shows vitamin C may improve mood… How cool is that. Check out this article.

Supplementation with vitamin C could improve the emotional state of hospitalized patients, according to new research.

The trial, published in the journal Nutrition, suggests that increasing vitamin C levels in acutely hospitalized patients – who often have vitamin deficiencies – could improve mood response scores by 34 percent.

“About one in five acute-care patients in our hospital have vitamin C levels so low as to be compatible with scurvy,” said lead researcher, Dr. John Hoffer, professor of medicine at McGill University, Canada.

“Patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem. Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial,” added Dr. Hoffer.


The term hypovitaminosis C usually implies a deficiency in vitamin C intake. But in acutely hospitalized patients’ responses to inflammation could re-direct the vitamin away from important tissues and into immune cells – without necessarily indicating nutritional deficiency.

Previous research attempted to pinpoint the metabolic origin of hypovitaminosis C in such patients by measuring their responses to vitamin C provision.

Because psychological abnormalities are a known feature of vitamin C deficiency, previous research included assessments of mood. The results showed increased vitamin C was associated with a 35 percent reduction in mood disturbance.

Although the results from this previous research suggested a strong effect for vitamin C, the mood improvement could not be confirmed due to the set up of the study – and may have reflected a placebo response.

The new trial investigated vitamin C supplementation therapy in a double-blind clinical trial – to examine if previous observations of its effects were replicable in a new patient sample.

Vitamin D was used as an alternative treatment to vitamin C, as vitamin D deficiency is also very common in acutely hospitalized patients and has been linked to abnormal mood.

Mood improvement

The researchers reported that vitamin C was associated with a 34 percent improvement in mood scores. The authors noted the results as comparable to previous research suggesting a 35 percent improvement in scores.

No improvement in mood was found with vitamin D supplementation, “thus making the placebo response an unlikely explanation for the effect of vitamin C,” according to the researchers.

The researchers note the well-known relationship between vitamin C deficiency and psychological state, adding that “the observation that vitamin C provision improved mood in these patients may therefore be considered surprising, but it is not implausible.”

The authors suggested that if sub-normal vitamin C concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid adversely affect brain functions and mood, then their replenishment could improve mood.

“The lack of any effect of vitamin D on mood is good evidence we are not dealing with a placebo response,” said Dr. Hoffer.

“This looks like a true biological effect. Our finding definitely requires follow up in larger studies in other centers.
“The treatment is safe, simple and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications.” he added.

Source: Nutrition

Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2010.05.016

“Vitamin C provision improves mood in acutely hospitalized patients”

Authors: M. Zhang, L. Robitaille, S. Eintracht, L. J Hoffer

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Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden


September 27, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Vitamin, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GlucAffect – Proven Nutritional Approach to Diabetes

With so much information in the news about diabetes and metabolic syndrome is it any wonder that nutrition plays a bigger role then first thought.

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Katrina van Oudheusden

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September 24, 2010 Posted by | diabetes, Health, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Can an Apple Make You Healthy?

Food for thought…

Can an apple make you healthy?

a great article by Reliv International

Crunch on this: Apples are a major source of disease-fighting nutrition neatly packaged in a delicious, easily portable, portion-controlled fruit. It turns out “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is based in fact. Science shows apples’ multiple health benefits — from your brain to your bowels.

With fall comes a bounty of crisp, juicy apple varieties to pick from. Check out the apple’s many juicy perks:

  • Studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes.
  • In the Women’s Health Study, women eating apples had a 13 to 22 percent decrease in heart disease risk.

  • Fiber in apples combined with the fruit’s strong antioxidant activity lowers cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Apples are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber to aid digestive health.
  • Apple pectin, an insoluble fiber, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Apples are a very significant source of flavonoids, a type of phytonutrient. In a Finnish study, flavonoid intake — mainly through eating apples — was associated with decreased mortality.
  • Several studies have specifically linked eating apples with a reduced risk for cancer, especially lung cancer. Scientists credit apples’ high concentration of flavonoids, particularly quercetin.
  • Apple peel is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant.

  • Research is showing a group of phytonutrients in apples could protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Quercetin, one of the phytonutrients in apples, has stronger anti-cancer activity and antioxidant protective effects than even vitamin C.
  • Apple’s phytochemicals fight bacterial and viral infections, and are anti-inflammatory.
  • Eating apples has been shown to lower the risk for type 2 diabetes partly thanks to the high concentration of quercetin in apple peels.

For better health, treat yourself to a healthy diet abundant with fruits and vegetables. Relìv nutritional products can also boost your intake of beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals and fiber. For example, FibRestore® is a rich source of carotenoids and other antioxidants with 21 herbs and 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber.


I have also found that when I eat an apple a day I don’t snack as much during my day. I feel better and tend to eat smaller meals. But this is maybe just me. 🙂

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Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

September 22, 2010 Posted by | diabetes, Diets, Health, Heart Disease, Nutrition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What’s the Difference between Food Allergies and Sensitivities?

Well, this article spiked my interest… Oh boy! Sit back and buckle up… you may not like what I have to say on this topic.

I have been in the food industry for over 15 years. I have been a Chef for 4 years and work in a location where we handle over 20+ Food Allergies/Intolerance/Dietary Restriction and so much more a day. And no I do not work at a hospital… though there are day I swear I am more of a food doctor than a Chef. I have been taught and educated by guest and the company I work for on food allergies. I am tested every 3 months to make sure I understand how to handle food allergies.

I have worked for my company for over 9 years now. Back when I first started I barely saw an allergy. They were few and far between. But about 5-6 years ago there was an allergy explosion and it is only getting worse. We started to see an increase in the number of allergies coming into the restaurant. On average I receive 140 emails a month letting me know when someone is going to dine in my location with an allergy. This does not include the ones that I find out about once they sit down to dine.  So the number of allergies goes up or down depending on the meal period.

This brings me back to the question…

What’s the difference between a Food Allergies and Sensitivities?

This article makes some really valid points. Good medical advice and the need to remove the offending food from your diet. This I get and totally understand. But… what is going to happen when you remove all food from your diet? Will you starve? The one thing we need is fuel… and fuel for humans is food. Your car doesn’t run without gas. Your A/C doesn’t work with out Freon. Plants don’t grow with out nutrients and water.

Why do we need food? Well, it contains vital nutrient to keep us alive!!! Yet we continue to put crap into our bodies. By all means I am not perfect. I do enjoy the occasional fast food but it is not my only source of food. We don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. And don’t tell me we do… cause it is a lie. I hear it all the time from parents.. my child only eats hamburgers…. hot dogs… chicken nuggets… oh and everything comes with fries. I am truly shocked every time when I hear a child request fruit or vegetables. It is not the norm!!!

The other day we served a table of 9 guest… only 1 guest had a vegetable on the plate. Everyone else had a double starch… rice/fries or mash/fries. We treat fries like it is a vegetable… guess what?!? ITS NOT!!! McDonald’s doesn’t sell burgers… it sell fries! And it makes a mint off you and me.

So where am I going with all of this? Here is my stand. We don’t get enough nutrients into our bodies. We are nutritional starved. Sensitivities are our bodies way of telling us that something is not right. We are deficient in the vitamins and minerals that make up the human body. We are living organic beings that are living on chemicals. Our body will always reject what it can’t process.

I have witness friends with sever allergies to peanuts/tree nuts/dairy. That today no longer have these allergies. I have seen intolerance go away. Sensitivities disappear.  Why and how you might ask. They improved their nutritional intake. I was starting to become lactose intolerant not too long ago, but today enjoy all the dairy I want with not upset stomach or bathroom run. 🙂

I have improved my nutritional intake and started feeding my body what it needs to maintain itself. I am giving it the tools to build my immune system, fight off disease, and keep me healthy. I value myself and want to make sure that I am not facing the aches and pains of those around me. I am not a fan of medical drugs because they only mask the pain and don’t take care of the body. The side effects sound horrible when I think … if I just feed my body optimal nutrition and it will take care of itself. Go read… Food for thought, Your Human Body Value?

Tell me that YOU are not worth investing in? Tell me that YOU are not a priceless human? Tell me that you would rather be unhealthy? Tell me that you would rather spend $1000’s trying to feel sick and helpless? Tell me that YOU like the side effects of your medication?

Get out of your own way and start taking some action to correct your health. Stop asking the government to do it for you. You can get back your health or a least get back a better quality of life, if you start taking care of yourself. Get UP! Get Moving! Invest in your NUTRITIONAL health and start living the life you really want!

You want to change your life… take optimal nutrition. If you want to impact and change the lives around you share this information. Stand up for YOUR LIFE!

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If you have a strong opinion share it also! I want to know what you are thinking. We don’t have to agree and that is the amazing thing! I am here to cook your food, to fuel your body. I am here to share nutrition because our agricultural standards have changed. I want to nourish the world. I hope you come with me on this journey.

Cheers to YOUR optimal health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

Please Note:

I am aware the there are severe food allergies. Dairy, Egg, Peanut, Tree Nut, Shellfish, Gluten, and Fish are the top 7 that we learn about. I know that they are life threatening and always respect and make every effort to keep you safe. I also know that there are many of you out there that are severely allergic to other foods.  I have met many of you that have educated me on your food allergies and I thank you for this education. You have helped me grow as a Chef and have allowed me to cook you foods that make your feel just like everyone else. I always want you to have an amazing experience and I promise that you will always be my first concern when taking care of your allergy. My pledge is to make sure that no one gets sick on my shift. Your health and life is too important to me.

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Allergies, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Study On Soy Isofavones Improving Endothelial Function

I find it fascinating that we are finding out more and more about how soy is good for you. Now if you are like me the first question I asked was what is “Endothelial”. Here is the definition I found.

The endothelium is the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of blood vessels, forming an interface between circulating blood in the lumen and the rest of the vessel wall. These cells are called endothelial cells. Endothelial cells line the entire circulatory system, from the heart to the smallest capillary. These cells reduce turbulence of the flow of blood allowing the fluid to be pumped farther.

This was an article I found that I wanted to share with you.

Supplementation with soy isoflavones could improve blood vessel endothelial cell function and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, according a new meta-analysis study.

The research, published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, analyzed 17 studies on the effect of isoflavones on endothelial function, finding a small but valuable benefit from isoflavone supplementation.

“Cumulative evidence from the randomised controlled trials included in this meta-analysis suggests that exposure to soy isoflavones can modestly, but significantly, improve endothelial function as measured by flow mediated dilation,” reported the researchers.

Heart risk

Soy foods have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, with recent evidence suggesting that isoflavones could reduce other cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, such as blood pressure and endothelial function.

Cardiovascular disease affects one in three Americans, and is a leading cause or mortality globally.

Endothelial dysfunction signifies the early stages of heart disease and is s a predictive marker for long-term CVD and mortality.

Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) of brachial artery is used as an assessment tool for endothelial function. Impaired FMD response is a CVD risk factor and can precede clinically symptomatic CVD by many years.

The new research is a meta-analysis of 17 randomised controlled trials (RCT) aimed to determine whether exposure to isoflavone-containing soy products affects endothelial function.

Significant results

Out of 42 trials initially found from a comprehensive literature search, 17 were selected as having sufficient data for study inclusion.

Seven of the 17 studies reported statistically significant changes in endothelial function as measured by FMD. Researchers suggested that several several other studies reporting no effects may have used too small of a study population to gain significant results.

The meta-analysis found the overall change in FMD for isoflavone-containing soy product interventions to be 1.15 percent.

When the effects of separate interventions were considered, treatment effects for isolated isoflavones were 1.98 percent compared with 0.72 percent for isoflavone-containing soy protein, reported the study.

The significant improvement in FMD observed in response to isolated isoflavone exposure is within the range deemed clinically relevant, “thereby indicating that exposure to isoflavone supplements may beneficially influence vascular health,” added the authors.

Researchers stated the key mechanism behind endothelial dysfunction involves the impaired release of nitric oxide (NO), causing blood vessels to constrict. Increased availability of isoflavone is suggested to increase NO production.

Confirmation needed

Though the meta-analysis finds a significant increase in endothelial function from supplementation with isoflavones, the researchers believe their results “warrant confirmation from a large, prospective, RCT.”

Researchers indicated that future trials and observational studies should also attempt to detect dose-response effects: “Ideally, it would be desirable to test the hypothesis that larger doses of soy isoflavone supplementation yield greater responses in FMD”

Source: Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases

Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2010.05.007

“Exposure to isoflavone-containing soy products and endothelial function: A Bayesian meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials”

Authors: D.P. Beavers, K.M. Beavers, M. Miller, J. Stamey, M.J. Messina

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Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Soy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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