Kazari Maki Sushi

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Hack Squat – Wide-Stance

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Front Lunge

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Too Much Vitamin D Can Be as Unhealthy as Too Little

Scientists know that Vitamin D deficiency is not healthy. However, new research from the University of Copenhagen now indicates that too high a level of the essential vitamin is not good either. The study is based on blood samples from 247,574 Copenhageners. The results have just been published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Vitamin D is instrumental in helping calcium reach our bones, thus lessening the risk from falls and the risk of broken hips. Research suggests that vitamin D is also beneficial in combating cardiac disease, depression and certain types of cancers. The results from a study conducted by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences now support the benefits of vitamin D in terms of mortality risk. However, the research results also show higher mortality in people with too high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream:

“We have had access to blood tests from a quarter of a million Copenhageners. We found higher mortality in people with a low level of vitamin D in their blood, but to our surprise, we also found it in people with a high level of vitamin D. We can draw a graph showing that perhaps it is harmful with too little and too much vitamin D,” explains Darshana Durup, PhD student.

If the blood contains less than 10 nanomol (nmol) of vitamin per liter of serum, mortality is 2.31 times higher. However, if the blood contains more than 140 nmol of vitamin per liter of serum, mortality is higher by a factor of 1.42. Both values are compared to 50 nmol of vitamin per liter of serum, where the scientists see the lowest mortality rate (see graph below).


Grilled Pork Philippine Style


1½ lb boneless pork shoulder butt


1/4 cup soy suace
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp pepper
pinch ground cloves
pinch cayenne pepper

Basting Sauce

3 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cut pork into 1½” cubes, trimming away excess fat. Add to marinade and mix well. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, remove pork and discard marinade. Thread pork onto skewers.
  4. Mix basting sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Place skewers on greased grill over medium-high heat. Close lid and cook. Turn and brush with basting sauce every few minutes. Continue to cook until the pork is done.

Makes 8 skewers.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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