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Do mineral and vitamin supplements keep your heart healthy? >>

Do you think your heart can stay healthy with mineral and vitamin supplements? Certain studies depict that calcium supplements and fish oil are good for heart health. Recently, calcium supplements have come under a scanner following a study stating that men are 20% more likely to have a heart disease because of daily consumption of calcium supplements over 1000 milligrams for a span of 12 years, compared to those who were not on any kind of pills. Researchers have failed to establish authenticity of a known assumption that fish oil supplements can keep heart diseases at bay. 

Certain studies propound that vitamins like C & E, vitamin B6, B12, folic acid and beta carotene are linked to heart health. On the contrary, certain guidelines suggest that vitamin supplements listed above shouldn't be taken with a purpose of preventing heart diseases as they do not help in preventing the risk of heart failure instead they raise the risk of hemorrhagic strokes.

Supplements do not get you nutrients in isolation. To conclude, it is advised to get vital nutrients from food – that helps you get a combination of vitamins, fiber, and carbohydrates that are proven to be benefiting your heart. 


Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness >>

The Ice Bucket Challenge was started by the ALS Association to raise funds to combat amyotrophic lateral schlerosis, a disease that attacks the motor neurons along the spine, causing patients to lose control of their muscles, potentially causing total paralysis. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes. It is characterized by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), and breathing (dyspnea).

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the world. Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Bill gates has poured a bucket of ice water over the head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours. As of Thursday, August 14, The ALS Association has received $7.6 million in donations compared to $1.4 million during the same time period last year (alsa.org).

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe.

The ice bucket challenge continues to gain momentum. Stay tuned to see who else is joining the list next.