NCI Logo
Bonnie Minsky's
Nutritional Concepts
March eNewsletter
Quick Hits
-- Spring Allergy To-Do List.
-- New Approach to Depression.
-- Flax or Fish Oil?
-- March Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Introducing Andrographis.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- March eNews.
-- Other Drugs That Deplete CoQ10.
-- Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter.
-- Are You Sticking to Your 2009 Wellness Goals?
-- In Case You Missed It.
-- Rate This eNewsletter.

Dear Valued Client,

We keep you plugged into what's new in the world of nutrition, wellness, and public health. Email us if there is a particular topic you would like us to explore. Have a happy, healthy day!

Spring Allergy To-Do List.
springallergyfunny It is hard to think about spring in the Midwest right now. However, in order to make it through spring allergy season, regardless of where you live, you must prep your body now.

An exhilarating development regarding allergies has come from the unlikeliest of sources, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, one of the most revered allergy journals in the world. In a stunning acknowledgment, the journal describes the benefits of specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs that help reduce allergy symptoms. This is a gargantuan leap for the ultra-conservative allergy community. One of the main substances highlighted is quercetin, the bioflavanoid we have recommended for over 15 years in two specific products, Allergy Fighters and Quercetin + C.

The following Spring To-Do List is a must read for anyone who has allergies/intolerances, or knows a family member, friend, or coworker that have them.

Spring Allergy To-Do List.

New Approach to Depression.
 The lack of effectiveness of antidepressants in many persons, the side effects that accompany drug therapy, and last week's formal complaint from the Justice Department against Forest Laboratories saying that they for years hid results of a study that showed Celexa and Lexapro didn't work in children and might increase the risk they'd become suicidal, has still not curtailed consumption.

Unfortunately, more psychiatrists are abandoning the couch for the prescription pad. Therefore, it becomes more important in difficult emotional times to inform our clients about what antidepressant therapies can be successful before choosing medication.

These suggestions may complement those who are already taking antidepressants. Notify your physician, mental health professional, or our office before self-prescribing.

New Approach to Depression.

Flax or Fish Oil?
 Let's get one thing straight. For boosting omega-3 levels, there is no debate. Fish Oil is King, Queen, Prince, and Princess all wrapped into one. Flax is a mere member of the King's court. Please don't mistake us. Flax (pulverized flaxseed) has its purpose for women for hormonal imbalance. For men and women, it's a great soluble fiber source.

While fish oil goes into the body as EPA/DHA, flax has to go through an arduous enzymatic process to become EPA/DHA. There is a large portion of the human population that because of genetic predisposition, cannot break flax down into EPA/DHA. For a convenient diagram on how it works, open the link below.

Flax-Fish Oil Diagram.

March Sale - 20% OFF.
UASDDS Twinlab Allergy Multicaps
An "oldie but goodie." Bonnie's favorite hypoallergenic multivitamin/mineral.

Twinlab Allergy Fighters
Contains Quercetin, a bioflavanoid that reduces allergy and inflammation, Sago Palm Vitamin C, and Selenium. Was highlighted in February issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Metagenics Zinc AG
Like Mag Glycinate, Zinc AG is an amino acid chelate (arginine) which assures premium absorption to the gut receptor sites. A February study in Diabetes Care showed that increased zinc intake can reduce type 2 diabetes by 28 percent.

UAS Labs DDS-100 and DDS Plus
Dairy-free probiotics featuring the well-researched DDS-1 strain. DDS-100 is acidophilus only. DDS Plus is acidophilus with bifidus.

Metagenics Andrographis Plus
Herbal combination for eliminating or diminishing the length and severity of viral or bacterial infections.

Metagenics Wellness Essentials for Pregnancy
The only complete prenatal in one daily package that Bonnie recommends. Especially important in light of the NEJM study that found many prenatals lacking in iodine, crucial for fetal brain development.

Order here

Introducing Andrographis.
 This safe herb has been gaining traction in the United States as a more effective alternative to echinacea and astragalus. Over the last few years, we have recommended this herb to clients who have not responded to other cold and flu treatments. Contact us for dosage details and read the handout below.

Andrographis: Cold and Flu Buster.

Recipes du Jour.
recipe2 Once a month, we highlight a recipe from our database or from you. We welcome entries by email to

Mediterranean Salad
from Best of the Mediterranean Action Plan

-6 c. assorted baby greens
-1 cucumber, sliced (remove seeds)
-2 low acid tomatoes, diced
-4 oz. feta cheese
- c. basil, sliced
-18 Kalamata olives
-1 red onion, sliced " thick
-1 zucchini, sliced " thick
-1 eggplant, sliced " thick
-1 yellow pepper, sliced " thick
-2 yellow squash, sliced " thick
-1 red pepper, sliced " thick
-extra virgin olive oil
-salt and fresh lemon pepper, to taste

Balsamic vinaigrette
1 shallot, diced
c. balsamic vinegar
c. extra virgin olive oil

Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the vinegar with the chopped shallot in a bowl. Slowly add the oil. Season with salt and pepper (optional). Season squash, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, and onions with salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil and grill over hot flame.

In a bowl, combine the salad greens, tomato, cucumber and crumbled feta. Toss with just enough vinaigrette to coat the salad. Divide the salad onto 4 chilled plates. Arrange the grilled vegetables atop the greens of each plate and garnish with olives.

Add your protein of choice to make a full meal. SERVES: 4

Best of the Mediterranean Action Plan.

March eNews.
eNews -The Acai Berry Scam.

-Nutritional counseling helps increase antioxidant levels.

-Vaccine Court: the debate continues.

For More News Like This, Visit Bonnie & Steve's Blog

Other Drugs That Deplete CoQ10.
 In February, we notified clients who take, or at one time, took statin medications. New research has shed light on the devastating effects that may occur if not supplementing with Co-Enzyme Q10 (Comprehensive Paper on Statins Adverse Effects Released and Cholesterol-Reducing Drugs May Lessen Brain Function).

What we forgot to mention is that there are medications other than statins that deplete CoQ10. Here is the list:

Drugs (other than statins) that deplete CoQ10

Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter.
facebook Become a fan. Share our page with friends. Make comments. Start discussions. See our 27 year-old Hostess cupcake. Sign up is free at Type Nutritional Concepts in the search box to find us.

Get short, real-time, nutritional text messages from us to your mobile phone/PDA. Sign up is free at Type "nutrocon" in the search box. At our page, click "follow" and you are ready for your updates.


Are You Sticking to Your 2009 Wellness Goals?

Please answer this question for us. Comments appreciated.

In Case You Missed It.
 Here's a recap of the timely issues we covered in February:

Kick the Craving Consults.

Bonnie on Bioidenticals.

Full Product List Now Available.

Newsletter Archives.

Rate This eNewsletter.
 Please take five seconds to help us learn what you like. Thanks for your participation.

eNewsletter Poll.




BRAND BUZZ - Bonnie-Approved Stuff!


Nutritional Concepts, Inc.
phone: (847) 498-3422