Benefits of vitamin D should be crystal clear

Children walk among hexagonal rocks in Sai Kung. Photo: May Tse

Hexagonal structures are not rare in nature. For instance, the crystals in our bones and teeth, the apatites, are hexagonal. These apatite crystals contain calcium. The main fraction of calcium of our body is located in bones. Calcium comes from our food, and for its optimal absorption from intestines we need vitamin D.

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Milk formula producers overstate nutrient levels

At least seven popular brands of infant milk formula have exaggerated nutrient levels on their labels that could mislead parents, checks by the South China Morning Post found.

The quantities listed on the product labels overstated the content of three important ingredients by as much as three times, although all remained within World Health Organisation guidelines.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

Baby food health claims not backed by evidence

Four baby-food products sold in the city bear health claims that are not supported by internationally recognised scientific evidence, a study by the consumer watchdog shows.

Consumers should read product labels carefully before buying, said the Consumer Council, which, with the Centre for Food Safety, examined 117 baby food labels.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

Hic! Pardon me, readers. I've had the hiccups for nearly a week now, thanks to ... well, I call it appreciation, but Joyee and Chris say it's pure greed.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Health Bites

Baby talk

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Dose of fact

An occasional flutter on Mark Six and, if in Macau, a single HK$100 note in a slot machine: that's the extent of my gambling. But it seems I have been taking a punt for years with the vitamin pills I have been popping with my breakfast juice every day.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Vitamin C

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate: HK$560/50ml

Claim: Formulated with 10.5 per cent stabilised pure vitamin C, it claims to outperform potent Retinol anti-ageing creams without irritation. Promises to reduce lines and wrinkles and improve elasticity.

3Lab Perfect 'C' Treatment Serum, available at Joyce Beauty HK$1,200/30ml

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK families use too many vitamins, experts say

The use of vitamins in Hong Kong may not have reached the alarming levels described in an American health study - which says they are increasing the risk of death in elderly women - but their use is still excessive, especially as the pills are of little real value, local health experts say.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Organic range highlights the benefits of seaweed

VOYA range

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Durian a rich source of nutrients

Hui-yi asks: Is it true that some fruits like durian are fattening?

Wynnie says: Fruits are generally low in fat and calories but packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals. These nutrients are needed to keep you in good health.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Kimi ni Todoke (anime)

Otaku Zone's favourite high school dramedy Kimi ni Todoke makes a long-awaited return after a year-long hiatus. Since the first season aired in late 2009, Kimi ni Todoke has been made into a live-action film.

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

High maintenance

The question that every pothead has at some time asked: why is marijuana illegal when the more damaging tobacco and alcohol are not? Customers of the brothers arrested for having 600 cannabis plants in their Yuen Long house last week may be wondering that at this very moment.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Money is needed for basic survival

Everyone needs money. If we do not have money, we cannot afford basic necessities such as accommodation, food and clothing. Worse still, some people will die from hunger and cold.

26 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

What to eat to beat the stress

Naomi asks: What can I eat to beat stress?

Wynnie says: Stress is a reaction humans developed as they evolved to protect themselves from tough situations such as extreme physical danger. Our bodies react to these situations by pumping out adrenaline and cortisol, hormones which prepare us to either fight or flee.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Wheatgerm oil

Used in cosmetics and dietary supplements, wheatgerm oil is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, and also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, F, essential fatty acids, protein, and minerals. Because of its proclaimed antioxidant and regenerative properties, it's used in many cosmetic products. Wheatgerm oil is said to relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am