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Heart Smart
Food Focus
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NEW Brand Buzz Video
NEW Did You Know?
Recipe du Jour
Nana's Kasha


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March 1, 2010
Dear Valued Client,

Based upon your feedback, we introduce Did You Know? This segment brings you "in the know" about a specific dietary supplement(s).

We are also excited to bring you Brand Buzz Video. Food consultant Carolyn Martinelli hosts this segment, where she introduces a Bonnie-approved food, explains why we like it, and where you can get it.

Heart Smart
 The Latest From Bonnie.
New developments on statins and aspirin, once considered immune from scrutiny by the cardiology community, are beginning to shake the foundation of what is considered safe cardiac prevention.

I cover the latest heart-related nutritional data, as well as reveal a telling commentary on cardiovascular disease from the committee chosen by the USDA to revamp the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

Heart Smart

Food Focus
 Buckwheat, Quinoa
For the most nutrient-dense, gluten-free alternatives, look no further than these two powerhouses.

There are concerns that many gluten-free products have sub-optimal levels of essential nutrients. A recent study in Food Chemistry cited buckwheat and quinoa breads as having the highest nutritional and antioxidant content when compared to gluten-free amaranth and even wheat bread.

Buckwheat should not be confused with wheat. Buckwheat is not a grass, but a fruit seed. It is in a family with Rhubarb and Garden Sorrell. We view buckwheat as a "mood food." Besides being high in protein and fiber, it is rich in magnesium and tryptophan, which balance mood.

Japanese Soba Noodles are made from buckwheat and can be found at most grocery stores. You can also purchase buckwheat as raw groats and boil for hot cereal (as seen in the above image). We highlighted buckwheat in this month's Recipe du Jour.

Please look at ingredient labels when purchasing buckwheat products. They are often combined with wheat and corn flours.

You should be familiar with Quinoa if you read this eNewsletter regularly. Quinoa is believed to be the only member of its biological family. With a "grain like" texture, quinoa is also rich in protein, fiber, zinc, and bioavailable iron. You can find a quinoa side dish recipe here.

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EPA/DHA alternatives for those who do not tolerate purines from anchovy, mackerel, and sardine fish oils.

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Brand Buzz Video - NEW
Brand Buzz Video 
Sweetylight Yacon Tea
Welcome to Brand Buzz Video, hosted by Food Consultant Carolyn Martinelli and produced by Steve Minsky, where once a month, we recommend a Bonnie-approved foodstuff, explain why we like it, and let you know where you can get it. If you visit the office, on occasion, we may even have free samples.

Brand Buzz Video

Did You Know? NEW
Remember when the herb Kava was highly recommended for relaxation and anxiety about ten years ago? After exhibiting awful side effects and falling out of favor, Kava is making a comeback as a supplement and "relaxing drink."

Because Kava is a member of the pepper family, it is a major salicylate and highly acidic. Kava contains hallucinogenic and numbing chemicals. It is also contraindicated with numerous prescription medications. I have never recommended Kava and never will because my youngest son had a serious hallucinogenic reaction after three days of use.

Most importantly, avoid Kava for risk of severe liver damage.

There are numerous, safe nutrients that address anxiety and help you relax. Speak to your licensed health professional about which ones are right for you.

Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.