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Exceeds amount of Vitamin D and Calcium may hurt you

Exceeds amount of Vitamin D and Calcium may hurt you

It is generally believed that vitamin D and calcium help reduce the risk of  having cancer, heart disease and other disease. But some American and Canadian doctors said that vitamin D and calcium has been proven to  strengthen our bones; most people do not need to take calcium and vitamin D tablets. Over-consumption may be harmful to health.

A U.S. non-profit, Institute of Medicine, has analyzed nearly one thousand reports on low vitamin D levels and relation to the risk of serious illnesses. It noted that the majority of people may consume enough vitamin D from their daily diet and exposure to sunlight; there is no need to take dietary supplement to build stronger bones. Postmenopausal woman may have kidney stones if consuming too much calcium. Some evidence has proved that over-consumption of calcium may also increase the risk of heart diseases.

Institute of Medicine have issued the revised guidelines that was published in 1997; the recommended daily calcium intake: 1 - 3 years old:  five hundred milligrams; 4-8 years old:  eight hundred milligrams; teens up to 18 years old: thirteen hundred milligrams; 19- 50 years old and male under 71 years old:  eight hundred milligrams; female over 50 years old and male over 71 years old: one thousand milligrams. As for vitamin D, daily consumption of six hundred to eight hundred international unit of vitamin D is recommended for people living in North America.

Institute of Medicine have also set the daily intake limit of two thousand milligrams of calcium and  four thousand international units of vitamin D.  Consumption exceeding these limits will increase the chances of kidney and tissue damage.

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Onions and Allicin

Onions and Allicin

Doesn't matter how strong you are, you must have cried when you cut onions. Registered dietitian said onion, green onions and garlic contain allicin, an antioxidant that helps reduce free radical damages to cells; it prevents vascular aging and cancer. According to the World Cancer Research Fund's expert report, consumption of vegetables with allicin  (including onion) will help prevent stomach cancer. In addition, onions are rich in natural sugar, vitamin C and potassium; a medium-sized onion contains about forty-four calories. Onion has a very unique taste, which is suitable for use as seasoning or garnish.

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Red Beans for vegetarian

Red Beans for vegetarian

Red Bean is a good choice for vegetarian. It is rich in protein, vitamin B complex, soluble fiber, and other minerals such as iron, copper and phosphorus. Iron helps produce red blood cells, which may prevent anemia. In addition, red beans also provide the amino acids that can be  found in meat, which makes red beans a good substitute.  In general, eating a bowl of red beans can replace 6oz of meat protein. However, patients with gout, high uric acid or gastric acid should avoid eating too much red beans.

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