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Vitamin C helps maintain blood pressure in women, according to study

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON Supplementing with vitamin C may help women maintain optimum blood pressure levels, according to a new study published last month in the Nutrition Journal.

“The findings suggest the possibility that vitamin C may influence blood pressure in healthy young adults,” the study authors concluded. “Since lower blood pressure in young adulthood may lead to lower blood pressure and decreased incidence of age-associated vascular events in older adults, further investigation of treatment effects of vitamin C on blood pressure regulation in young adults is warranted.”

Participants included 242 black and white women between the ages of 18 and 21 from the Richmond, Calif. cohort of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study.

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Alacer names Emergen-C health drink mix sponsor of Burton snowboarding tour

BY Michael Johnsen

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. Alacer Corp., maker of the vitamin drink mix Emergen-C, on Friday announced its second year of its partnership with Burton as the Official Health and Energy Drink Mix Sponsor of the 2009 Burton Super Demo Tour and Burton U.S. Open—two competitive snowboarding events.

“It’s only natural that two brands with passionate, active fans come together to have fun on the mountain, and we’re thrilled to partner with Burton again this year,” stated Monica Sikorski, special event and promotions manager for Alacer. “We’re looking forward to offering big prizes, sampling fresh new flavors and getting riders ready to hit the hill all winter long.”

The sponsorhip includes the Emergen-C “Quest for the Ultimate Ride” Sweepstakes—featuring a grand price of Burton gear for two, $1,000 and tickets to the Burton U.S. Open, March 19-22 in Stratton, Vt.

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Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe team to present natural products at health fair

BY Michael Johnsen

HONOLULU Representatives from specialty retailers Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe are slated to showcase natural products Jan. 9 at this year’s “Celebrate Health” Community Health Fair here, the John A. Burns School of Medicine announced last week.

“The students felt strongly about hosting the fair in early January this year, because people are frequently motivated to improve their health as a New Year approaches,” stated medical student Brad Kamitaki, publicity chairman of the event. “That’s our goal—to help people start the year off healthfully.”

In addition to Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Hawaii Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona have accepted invitations to speak as the health fair kicks off at 12 p.m., in the school’s Medical Education Building Lobby at 651 Ilalo Street.

The fair is co-sponsored by HMSA and ALOHA CARE.

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