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Dr. Samantha Kimball, director of research, reviews data from a recent study. PHOTO: Neil Zeller

Changing the World, One Research Project at a Time

One study shows 50% less anxiety and depression in 16,000 participants using micronutrients. A second finds you can beat the diabetes risk with supplements. A third is challenging what we know about vitamin D and genes.

Pure North is a cutting-edge organization that uses and applies innovative, evidence-based medical science to optimize health.

We scour the globe to find the latest information to share with and effectively treat our participants. We embrace preventive medicine based on the best available scientific evidence, not on popular belief.

Research is a key part of what we do at Pure North. At right, we highlight two studies recently published by our in-house team of doctors and researchers, and one ongoing study being conducted by world recognized experts.

Micronutrients stabilize mood

Taken daily, a good-quality, broad-spectrum multivitamin and multimineral offers new hope for Canadians suffering from mental health issues. A new study from Pure North shows a 50 per cent reduction in depression and anxiety among 16,000 participants after taking the Pure North micronutrient supplements for one year. Over 97 per cent of those suffering severe depression and anxiety reported substantial improvements with micronutrients. The study by Dr. Samantha Kimball, Dr. Naghmeh Mirhosseini and psychologist Dr. Julia Rucklidge was published in the journal Nutrients in 2018.

Beating diabetes risk with supplements

Vitamin D, a daily multivitamin and omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of developing diabetes and reverse the progression of this disease, says a study published in 2017 in the Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology. Researchers Dr. Samantha Kimball, Dr. J.C. Herbert Emery and Dr. Richard Z. Lewanczuk found that the Pure North program prevented the development of diabetes in nearly 50 per cent of participants with prediabetes after just one year of treatment.

Vitamin D and genes

New evidence shows that vitamin D affects the expression of more than 3,000 genes. Currently, endocrinologists Dr. Michael Holick at the University of Boston and Dr. Richard Lewanczuk at the University of Alberta are investigating the effect of different doses of vitamin D on genes. Are genes turned on or off (genomics)? Do the proteins that are produced as a result change? And do doses influence the small molecules made by the actions of many metabolic pathways (metabolomics), such as those produced during energy production in the body? Health Canada bases its recommendations on bone health alone. While we already know vitamin D directly effects gene expression, graded responses of our genes to higher doses of vitamin D would suggest that many systems in the body may rely on optimal vitamin D levels! The results of this study are expected this fall.

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