Daily Vitamin D supplementation ‘heals damaged hearts’

With so many people struggling with heart disease throughout the world, its only natural that a lot of effort goes into fighting against it. But few new things seem to actually work against the condition, but sometimes the only reason we can’t seem to find a new solution is because we’re looking in the wrong place.

According to a team of researchers from the University of Leeds, School of Medicine, heart function is improved through Vitamin D3.

It is no secret how important we at Halal Treatments consider Vitamin D to be, especially officially and independently fully certified (ingredients, processes and facilities) Halal Vitamin D. This new study further increases the importance of using Vitamin D supplements to ensure you body remains healthy.

Heart failure, which can lead to shortness of breath and exhaustion, affects about 900,000 people in the UK and more than 23 million worldwide.

Vitamin D levels are boosted by exposing the skin to sunlight. It is often lacking in heart failure patients because they tend to be older and less likely to engage in outdoor activities. Researchers studied 160 patients being treated for heart failure using a variety of proven drug treatments and pacemakers. Participants who took a vitamin D3 supplement daily for one year experienced an improvement in heart function not seen in those given a dummy pill.

Lead scientist Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that Vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness, known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients.”

Because it is dangerous to spend too much time in the sun and the fact a lot of us work inside such as in offices, we do not get enough Vitamin D which is why it is essential to take Vitamin D supplements, that have been certified Halal, such as Pro D3 and SunVit D3 as they offer the purest form of Vitamin D intake.

 

Find out more on the research at – Vitamin D3 Heart Function by University of Leeds

Getting a Suntan is very dangerous, but NICE warns you NEED your Vitamin D

NICE have further warned the public about the dangers of sun exposure while getting a suntan.

There is no safe or healthy way to get a tan from sunlight, new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has warned.

The health watchdog’s latest guidance also says an existing tan provides little protection against sun exposure.

Many adults in Britain have low levels of Vitamin D and the NICE guidance states that some exposure to sunlight can help to build this up.

NICE also says it is not possible to get enough Vitamin D by sitting next to a closed sunny window, or from sunlight between October and March in the UK.

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Everyone should take some form of Vitamin D

United Kingdom government officials are proposing plans whereby everyone should consider taking Vitamin D supplements to counter the lack of sunshine in the UK.

The Scientific Advisory Committee draft guidelines on Nutrition suggest, from the age of one, 10 microgram pills be taken to ensure people get enough. The plans are now being consulted on until 23 September 2015.

Current advice is only at risk groups – including pregnant women, under fives and over 65s and those with darker skin – should take Vitamin D supplements. The risk of getting too much Vitamin D is considered to be extremely low.

The news comes after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which advises the NHS on treatments, suggested Vitamin D should be given more widely to counter a hidden epidemics of deficiency. National surverys suggest that around a fifth of adults and 8 to 24% of children may have low Vitamin D status.

People get most of their Vitamin D from the action of sunlight on their skin. However, from mid-October to the beginning of April in the UK there is no ambient ultraviolet sunlight of the appropriate wavelength. The amount of Vitamin D in food is also of a concern as there is very little amounts,if any, in food, unlike many of the the other Vitamins.

The low level of sunlight during winter months means people in the UK are at risk.

The NICE guidelines called for more supplements that are available and suitable and certified for those who are most at-risk.

Low Vitamin-D genes linked to MS

A new study suggests that, people who are genetically prone to low Vitamin-D levels are at increased risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

Based upon the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of people of European descent, the findings suggest and gain weight to the theory that the sunshine vitamin plays a role in MS.
Scientists are already testing whether giving people extra vitamin D might prevent or ease MS. Experts say the jury is still out.

If you think you may not be getting sufficient Vitamin D from sunlight or from your diet, you should discuss this with your doctor.


Vitamin D

  • Is important for healthy bones
  • We make it in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight, but some of it comes from our diet
  • Good food sources include oily fish, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals and fortified fat spreads
  • Some people – the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies, children under the age of five, and those of Afro-Caribbean, Asian and African decent as well as those who do not get much sun – may not get enough and need supplements

Research around the world already shows MS is more common in less sunny countries, further from the equator.

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List of Approved Halal Authentication Bodies

Below are some of the approved and official Halal authentication bodies from countries around the world.

Please use this guide as a reference to check whether a Halal product or service you are using is officially recognised as such.

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Halal Consultations Room 6, Floor 3, Vista Centre, 50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow, TW4 6JQ
  • The Muslim Food Board (UK)
    PO Box 1786, Leicester LE5 5ZE, United Kingdom
  • Halal Authority Board
    Hijaz Manor, Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 6BE
  • Halal Food Authority
    109 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8JA, United Kingdom
  • Halal Monitoring Committee
    PO Box 10141, Leicester, LE1 8DX, England UK
  • Universal Halal Agency
    C/O Care Link (UK) Trust, 111 Myddleton Road, London N22 8NE, United Kingdom

AUSTRALIA

  • Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society of South Australia
    20 Little Gilbert Street, Adelaide S.A 5000, Australia
  • Islamic Association of Geraldton
    Geraldton Mosque, 172 George Road Geraldton, Western Australia, 6530 Australia
  • Islamic Association of Katanning Inc
    P.O Box 270, Katanning, Western Australia 6317
  • Islamic Co-ordinating Council of Victoria (ICCV)
    155 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Victoria 3057, Australia
  • Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia Inc. (SICHMA)
    Unit 1, 35-37 Harrow Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia
  • The Islamic Council of Western Australia
    P.O Box 70, Burswood WA 6100, 7 Melvern Road, Rivervale WA 6103
  • Khairat Melayu Islam Victoria (KMIV)
    56 May Avenue, Altona Meadows, Victoria 3028, Australia
  • The Perth Mosque of Western Australia Incorporated
    427-429 William Street, P.O Box 106 Aberdeen Street, Perth WA 6001
  • Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Inc.
    932 Bourke Street, Zetland NSW, 2017,  PO Box 7185, SSBH, Alexandria, NSW 2015
  • Halal Australia Inc.
    Unit 6, Level 1, Auburn Chambers, 22 Auburn Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia
  • Australian Halal Food Services (AHFS) Head Office Queensland State – Brisbane
    PO Box 775, Springwood, QLD 4127, Australia
  • Victoria State – Melbourne
    RDV Business Centre, 41 Cumberland Road, Pascoe Vale, Victoria 3044

AUSTRIA

  • Islamic Information and Documentation Center
    A-4050 Traun,Theodor Korner, Str. 10 A, A-1010 Vienna 1, Sterngasse 3, Austria

ARGENTINA

  • Islamic Centre of The Argentine Republic (Centro Islamico de La Republica Argentina)
    3053 San Juan Ave – Capital, Federal – Argentina

BANGLADESH

  • Islamic Foundation
    Baitul Mokarram, National Mosque, Dhaka – 1000, Bangladesh

BELGIUM

  • Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE)
    4 Rue De la Presse, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

BRAZIL

  • Federation of Muslims Associations in Brazil
    Rua Tejupa, 188 CEP 04350-020, Sao Paulo SP Brazil
  • Centro de Divulgaҫãodo Islam Para América Latina (CDIAL)/Islam Dissemination Center for Latin America
    R. Henrique Alves dos, Santos, 161, Vila Euclides – Sbc, CEP 09725 530, Brazil

CHINA

  • Shandong Islamic Association
    5th Floor, San’fa Building No 57, Luoyuan Avenue, Lixia District, Jinan City, Shandong, Province, China
  • China Islamic Association
    103 Nan Heng West Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing, P R China
  • Islamic Association of Henan
    2nd Floor, Zheng Street 3, 450003 ZhengZhou City, Henan Province, China

DENMARK

  • Islamic Culture Center
    Horsebakken 2 .  DK-2400 Copenhagen NV

FRANCE

  • Ritual Association of Lyon’s Great Mosque (Association Ritualle de la Grande Mosquee de Lyon)
    146 bd Pinel, 69008 Lyon, France

GERMANY

  • HALAL CONTROL e.K. (EU) Pruef- und Zertifizierungsstelle fuer Halal-Lebensmittel European Inspection – and Certification Body for Halal – Food
    Kobaltstr. 2-4, D-65428 Ruesselsheim, Germany
  • Islamic Centre of Hamburg
    Schone Aussicht 36, 22085, Hamburg, Germany or, Querstr. 18, 30519 Hannover, Germany

INDIA

  • Halal Committee-Jamiat-Ulama-E-Maharashtra
    Imam Bada Compound, Opposite B I T Chawl No 1, Imam Bada Road, Mumbai 400009
  • Jamiat Ulama-l-Hind Halal Trust
    1, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Marg, New Delhi-1 10002

INDONESIA

  • The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI), Lembaga Pengkajian Pangan Obatobatan dan Kosmetika
    Gedung Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Jl. Proklamasi, No.51, Menteng-Jakarta Pusat

ITALY

  • Halal International Authority (HIA)

JAPAN

  • Japan Muslim Association
    3-4-14, Kohinata, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8585, Japan

NETHERLANDS/HOLLAND

  • Control Office of Halal Slaughtering B.V & Halal Quality Control
    Laan Van Meerdervoort 53D, 2517 AE Den Hague, The Netherlands
  • Total Quality Halal Correct Certification
    PB 179, 2300 AD Leiden, Netherlands
  • Halal Feed and Food Inspection Authority (HFFIA)
    Fijnjekade 225, 2521 DT, The Hague, The Netherlands

NEW ZEALAND

  • Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ)
    PO Box 1415, Wellington, New Zealand
  • NZ Islamic Meat Management & NZ Islamic Processed Foods Management
    Level 1, 181 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand

PAKISTAN

  • Jamea Markaz Uloom Islamia Mansoora (JMUIM)
    Multan Road, Lahore, Pakistan

POLAND

  • The Muslim Religious Union of Poland (MRU)
    Piastowska 13F, 15-207 Bialystok, Poland

SINGAPORE

  • Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)
    Singapore Islamic Hub, 273 Braddell Road, Singapore

SPAIN

  • Halal Institute of Spain
    C / Bow, No. 13 Almodovar del Rio. 14720, Córdoba. Spain

SOUTH AFRICA

  • National Independent Halaal Trust
    Baitun Noor Centre, 5770 Topaas Str, Extension 5 Lenasia, Johannesburg
  • South African National Halal Authority (SANHA)
    PO Box 2092, Durban 4000 South Africa or, 2nd Floor 45 Hopelands Road, Durban-Overport, Durban 4000 South Africa
  • Muslim Judicial Council SA
    Headquarters: 20 Cashel Avenue, Athlone, Cape Town 7764, Rep.of South Africa, Postal address: PO Box 38311, Gatesville 7766, South Africa

SWEDEN

  • IslamGuidens Halalcertifiering AB
    Lindv. 26, 195 44 Märsta, Sweden

SWITZERLAND

  • Halal Certification Services
    Bahnhofstrasse 15, 4310 Rheinfelden, Switzerland

TAIWAN

  • Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THIDA)
    No 3, Ln.25, Sec. 1 Xinhai Road, Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

THAILAND

  • The Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT)
    The Institute for Halal Food Standard of Thailand, 45 Moo 3 Klongkao Rd, Klongsib Sub-District, Nongchock District, Bangkok 10530 Thailand

TURKEY

  • Association For The Inspection And Certification Of Food And Supplies (GIMDES)
    Tesktilkent B 5 Blok No: 76, Esenler – Istanbul, Turkey

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

  • Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America
    5901 N. Cicero Ave, Suite 309, Chicago, Illinois 60646 USA
  • IFANCA Halal Research Center
    777 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
  • Islamic Services of America (ISA)
    PO Box 521, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406, USA

VIETNAM

  • Islamic Community of Ho Chi Minh City
    52 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vitamin D: NICE Guidelines on Halal recommendation

The big news about the NICE guidelines is the recognition that Halal supplements must be made readily available to at risk patients.  It follows that healthcare professionals should consider HALAL when recommending or prescribing vitamin D products to Muslim patients, or producing a formulary of vitamin D products.  Muslims in the UK are among the most at risk of vitamin D deficiency and consequently the health conditions associated with vitamin D deficiency.

Professor Mike Kelly, who was involved in producing the NICE guidelines, said: “Around 10 million people in England may have low vitamin D status and so could be at risk of health problems – and they may not know it.”

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NICE have clearly defined Halal as

“foods or non-food items such as cosmetics or pharmaceuticals permitted by and prepared according to Islamic law.”

It is presumed that only products carrying independent certification from recognised Halal Certification organisation will be recommended as a Halal option. This is the only way that healthcare professionals can comply with the NICE guidelines.

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Happy New Year 2015

We hope to bring to you even more news regarding the use of Halal products around the world.

Happy New Year to all our readers from HalalTreatments.com

Vitamin D: NICE calls for Halal options to Prevent Deficiency

The National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (UK) is about to publish guidelines for the prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency after a long period of consultation.

Vitamin D is essential for skeletal growth and bone health. Severe Vitamin D deficiency can result in rickets (among children) and osteomalacia (among children and adults). Some scientific research suggests that low Vitamin D levels contribute to a risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, infertility, MS and many other diseases. National surveys suggest that the majority of Asian/Afro-Caribbeans in the UK may have low Vitamin D status. Continue reading

The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine and Pork Gelatine

The nasal spray flu vaccine is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.

It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. Its brand name is Fluenz Tetra.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged two to 18 who are “at risk” from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions. Some of these children will be offered two doses of the vaccine.

The injectable flu vaccine will continue to be offered to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, carers and adults and babies (aged six months to two years) with a long-term medical condition. The injectable version does not contain pork gelatine.

The nasal spray flu vaccine for the 2014/2015 campaign in the UK, contains a highly refined pork gelatine content. Would you accept this as a practicing Muslim?

Please participate in our online poll below and express your views in the comments.

Disclaimer: The aim of this article is to increase awareness of the term ‘Halal’ in relation to medication and to direct towards further sources of information. It is acknowledged that some of the religious concepts are subjective to individuals’ religious belief systems, which are known to vary considerably. Whilst this article may support in providing information, individuals remain responsible for verifying that their treatment is compliant with their own religious belief systems.