Sunshine Vitamin Pataskala OH
Heart Help from the Sunshine Vitamin
By James Keough
Researchers and mothers alike have long known that vitamin D builds strong bones, but who would have thought the sunshine vitamin played a critical role in heart health as well? A recent German study found that high-dose vitamin D supplements decreased the levels of an inflammation-causing cytokine and boosted concentrations of interleukin 10, an anti-inflammatory cytokine. (Various types of cells secrete cytokines as part of the body’s immune system. The cytokines bond to specific cell-surface receptors and tell the cell how to react to a specific threat.) The vitamin D and heart health connection comes from the role inflammation seems to play in many of the underlying causes of congestive heart failure (CHF)—hypertension, myopathy, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Vitamin D also boosts muscle function, another critical factor in CHF, which affects about 5 million Americans.
The study built on earlier in vitro work, which suggested that vitamin D suppressed pro-inflammatory cytokines and increased anti-inflammatory ones. To test that finding in humans, researchers gave 123 heart patients either 50 mg (2,000 IUs) of vitamin D3 plus 500 mg of calcium a day or a placebo plus calcium. After nine months, blood serum levels of vitamin D in the supplemented group had increased more than seven times that of the control group; a major pro-inflammatory cytokine remained constant in the supplemented group but increased in the controls. Interleukin 10 was significantly higher in those who received vitamin D. The study also looked at left ventricular function and at survival rates after 15 months and found no change in either.
Despite its lack of a direct therapeutic effect for this group of CHF patients, supplementing with vitamin D seems even more important in the struggle against chronic inflammation than anyone ever dreamed. Just don’t try to boost your daily intake anywhere near the level in this study without first consulting your doctor. Healthy levels of vitamin D help your body in myriad ways, but too much can have the opposite effect. The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for vitamin D at 25 mg (1,000 IU) for infants up to 12 months of age and 50 mg (2,000 IU) for children, adults, and pregnant or lactating women. So by all means supplement, but also factor in how much sun you get each day and how much vitamin D you might receive from food.
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Cookies, Cake, and Pie, Oh My!
Dates: 12/21/2013 – 12/21/2013
Worthington Place Columbus
7227 North High Street
Spend 3 delicious hours touring specialty bakeries in Columbus. Itinerary may change as we find new venues to introduce to you.
Jorgensen Farms 3rd Sunday Supper
Dates: 12/15/2013 – 12/15/2013
Jorgensen Farms Westerville
5851 E. Walnut Street
As our guest, you'll be greeted by our hosts the farmers and offered an informal tour of the farm and firsthand knowledge of how the food was produced. Our menu is inspired by the day's harvest. You'll enjoy the diversity of foods fresh from the farm, prepared on site by professional chefs. Meals are served, rain or shine; outdoors, when weather permits, and otherwise on the farm house porch or in the post and beam barn. Given the whims of the weather, Mother Nature, and the chef, actual meals may vary slightly from the posted menu. Please note that all Third Sunday Farm Table events are BYOB - we invite you to bring your favorite beverage of choice to enjoy or share responsibly. All dinners start at 5pm. Adults only please. For more information, and specific menus for each month please visit our website www.jorgensen-farms.com
The Well Drop-In Center Training
Dates: 1/4/2014 – 1/4/2014
The Salvation Army Columbus
966 E Main Street
The Well is a Drop in Center for women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. It is designed to be an environment of peace where women can relax, be valued, and develop a sense of positive self worth. The center’s goals are to enhance life skills, increase self esteem, and improve knowledge of community support. This training will provide interested persons an understanding of the mindset of those served, as well as the protocol established by The Well. Lastly, participants will be offered skills to complete desired volunteer roles.
Additionally, The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Department is starting a Mentorship Program. The purpose of the Mentorship Porgram is to build healthy, one-on-one bonds between mentors and women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. The Mentorship Program is designed to enchance a sense of positive self-esteem and dignity by meeting the social needs of women who have been involved in the commercial sex trade. Women will be shown respect and value through the fostering of healthy and appropriate social relationships.
Mentors will help empower mentees to dsicover their sense of integrity, honesty and self. Being a mentor provides the opportunity for mentors to share their skills and talents, interests and experiences, and to model appopriate social relationships. Mentors may help their mentee with self-esteem, sense of purpose, planning and decision making, interpersonal competence, and empowerment through activities such as going to the Columbus Zoo, going out to lunch or dinner, seeing a movie, or any other socially appropriate activity.
*This is an all-day training. Therefore, there will be a lunch break to go get lunch or feel free to bring your own bag lunch with you.
* After being trained, volunteers who wish to become a mentor must go through an application and interview process.
* Finally, anyone volunteering at The Well & Mentoring Programs must obtain a background check.