Health: Vitamin D supplement can increase the risk of dementia

Vitamin D supplements

Based on Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database, the population-based cohort studies suggested that dementia-free older adults were 1.8 times more likely to develop dementia, and those with pre-existing dementia were at 2.0 times higher risk of mortality if taking vitamin D3 supplements continuously for over 146 days per year.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the observed change is caused by beta amyloid, a substance that accumulates in AD brains. The tumour suppressor p53 and the vitamin D receptor interact when beta amyloid is present, causing neuronal cell death. Notably, vitamin D significantly improved this interaction and thus it can increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

It’s still safe to take 2000 IU of vitamin D per day, but still unknown in terms of its efficacy. To obtain the sufficient and suitable dosage of vitamin D, it is important to get it from your diet and exposure to sunlight to increase the BDNF in your brain.

Mushrooms can be the alternative to get sufficient vitamin D even as vegetarians/vegans and brings other benefits such as ergothioneine for antioxidant effects and beta glucans to improve the strength of the immune system.

A large government-funded clinical trial of nearly 26,000 people, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has concluded that fish oil supplements and vitamin D supplements do not work any better than placebo at preventing cancer, heart attacks, or strokes.

Benefits of mushroom

Do you know what polysaccharides are?
Polysaccharide is actually a general term, which means that it is composed of multiple monosaccharides connected together.

Polysaccharides has many benefits to the human body, not only can activate the immune system,
It can also balance the body’s immune response, mediating allergies, lowering blood sugar and preventing cancer. Polysaccharides are mostly found in mushrooms, such as Maitake, Shiitake and Brazil mushrooms (ABM).


Healthtalk (Emunity) 4 – How to boost your immune system

E-munity is a highly nutritious powdered beverage that combines the polysaccharides found in Cordyceps Mycelium, Shiitake, ABM mushroom, and Maitake mushroom with antioxidants in Cassia seeds and Blueberries which developed based on the nutrition immunology theory.

Take E-Munity regularly to nourish your body, 
prevent cancer, and achieve optimal health.

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Mushroom may lower cancer risk

In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 17 cancer studies, researchers discovered that eating just 18 grams of mushroom a day (equal to about just two medium-sized mushrooms) may lower the risk of cancer by as much as 45%. In particular, breast cancer appeared to be the most affected.



Dementia normally involves loss of memory, language, and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life.

There are several risk factors for dementia. Although increasing age is a major risk factor for dementia, dementia is NOT a normal part of aging. Not everyone will develop it when they grow old. Research shows that dementia under age 60 is rare, and about one-third of people aged 85 and older have dementia.

Take good care of your brain. Eat more plant foods that are beneficial for brain health, such as lion’s mane mushroom, ginseng, and ashitaba. Besides a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly, and keeping a positive mindset are equally important. 




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