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Recipe du Jour
Mental Minute
Your Healthy Kitchen
Wild Card
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Dear Valued Subscriber,   


Did you know that ApoB/ApoA-1 Ratio is a strong new risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease? Apo A removes fat from arteries and Apo B deposits them into arteries. Too much ApoB is not good.


Did you know that the Final Four is set? You should be congratulated for your astute voting acumen as we are down to four Superfoods in the truest sense of the word. What a battle this should be!

  • Olive Oil vs. Broccoli
  • Avocado vs. Wild Salmon

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Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Phytochemicals Are Integral for Wellbeing.


Phytochemicals, or antioxidants, are becoming a more influential part of medical dogma. Big Pharma is investing billions into turning phytochemicals from plants such as green tea, blueberries, and broccoli into synthetic drugs.


For example, a new and powerful class of antioxidants could be a potent treatment for Parkinson's disease. The researchers call it "new" because they took a natural phytochemical, triterpenoid, and made it synthetic. The synthetic triterpenoids blocked development of Parkinson's disease in an animal study appearing in Antioxidants & Redox Signaling


We do not feel this is the best method for capitalizing on the preventive capabilities of phytochemicals, especially with the copious, dynamic data we have found on phytochemicals in their natural state. Here are but a few examples.

  • Findings suggest that intake of green tea may modify estrogen metabolism or conjugation and in this way may influence breast cancer risk, according to a study in Nutrition Journal.
  • According to a study in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a greater protective role of healthy high phytochemical compound foods as compared with healthy low phytochemical compound food on hypertension and inflammation was detected in men and should be part of primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.    
  • Higher Dietary Total Antioxidant Capacity was associated with reduced serum C-Reactive Protein (CRP) concentrations in young Japanese women. CRP is a risk factor for inflammation. The main contributors in increasing antioxidant capacity were green, barley, and oolong tea, according to researches in the Nutrition Journalstudy.
  • After examining the relationship of elevated depressive symptoms with antioxidant status in US adults aged 20-85 years, researchers from a British Journal of Nutrition study found a higher total serum carotenoid level was associated with a lower likelihood of elevated depressive symptoms with a reduction in the odds by 37% overall, and by 34% among women.
  • New research reported in American Journal of Medicine found that women with the highest total antioxidant capacity, consuming almost seven servings of fruit and vegetables per day, were found to have a 20% lower risk of heart attack than those who consumed the lowest antioxidants (2.4 servings per day).
  • A Journal Nutrition study found that the addition of polyphenols during active digestion can limit the development of oxidation of omega-3 fatty acids in the small intestine lumen and thereby promote intestinal uptake of beneficial, unoxidized omega-3's.Steve: This is why high quality fish oils contain plants with potent phytochemicals such as rosemary or grape seed.
Supplement Beats Drug for Headache.

Melatonin, which is widely available as an over-the-counter dietary supplement, is more effective than placebo for migraine prevention and has a more favorable adverse effect profile than the tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline.


Results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showed that 3 mg of melatonin was more effective than placebo and 25 mg of amitriptyline. Furthermore, it was better tolerated than amitriptyline, with lower rates of daytime sleepiness and no weight gain. The researchers presented their data to an excited crowd at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting.


Produced by the pineal gland, melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle. It is often used to aid sleep and attenuate jet lag. According to researchers, melatonin's role in regulating circadian rhythm has been linked to cluster headache, hypnic headache, and migraine. Furthermore, melatonin plays an important role in sleep regulation, and disruption of melatonin production has been linked to sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, and delayed sleep phase syndrome, which, in turn, are linked to headache. 


Steve: Here is an extra bonus. Although patients gained weight in both the amitriptyline and placebo groups, melatonin was associated with reduced weight. Timing of administration and formulation was important. Ideally ,melatonin should be taken between 10 pm and 11 pm to mimic the physiologic peak. In addition, a fast-acting rather than a slow-release formula should be used.


Did You Know? Supplements
Activated B-Vitamin Citicoline Stems the Advances of Memory Decline.            
In a new Clinical Interventions in Aging study, participants received 500 mg of oral citicoline twice daily or placebo.
Although memory scores stayed relatively unchanged over time for the group receiving citicoline (0.5 points after a 9-month follow-up), the untreated group showed a decline of -1.9 points during the same period. The scores at three checkpoints averaged 22.4, 22.7, and 22.9, respectively, for the treated group and 21.5, 20.4, and 19.6 for the untreated group. This translated into significant between-group differences at the 3-month and 9-month follow-ups. No significant treatment-related adverse events were reported.  
The researchers believe that the most pronounced benefits of treatment with citicoline is activation of biosynthesis of phospholipids in neuronal membranes, increase in brain metabolism, and neuroprotective effects during hypoxia and ischemia, and were likely to be accrued with prolonged use.
Positive effects were also seen with mood, probably derived from the increase in noradrenaline and dopamine levels in the brain.

Bonnie: This is not the first positive study we have seen with Citicoline. I believe it will soon become a part of most therapies for memory disorder.
Menu Savvy
Does Reduced Fat Mean Eat More?

More and more people choose "light" or "reduced fat" products in an attempt to reduce body mass, or at least in the hope that they will not gain any. While it is true that they contain fewer calories, people tend to overcompensate by eating more if they do not feel full.


A new study has shown how "natural" oils and fats regulate the sensation of feeling full after eating, with olive oil leading the way. Researchers studied four different edible fats and oils: Lard, butterfat,canola oil and olive oil. Over a period of three months, the study participants ate 500 grams of low-fat yogurt enriched with one of the four fats or oils every day -- as a supplement to their normal diet. Olive oil had the biggest satiety effect, according to the lead researcher at the German Research Center for Food Chemistry.

The olive oil group showed a higher concentration of the satiety hormone serotonin in their blood. Participants also reported that they found the olive oil yogurt very filling. During the study period, no member of the group recorded an increase in their body fat percentage or their weight.

To discover why olive oil was so effective, one group was given yogurt with olive oil aroma extracts and a control group was given plain yogurt. Olive oil group's calorie intake remained the same, but the control group had been consuming an extra 176 kilocalories per day. 

The researchers identified two substances that reduce the absorption of glucose from the blood in liver cells: Hexanal and E2-Hexenal. They also discovered that Italian olive oil contained larger amounts of the two aroma compounds. 
Bonnie: From a clinical perspective, the more I see clients eat reduced fat products, the hungrier they get. This is why you never to eat a carb without a healthy fat or lean protein. This creates satiety and blood sugar balance.
Mother's Lifestyle is More Important Than the Father in Influencing Children.
New findings from BMC Medicine may provide a deeper understanding of how a father's lifestyle influences the development of his children. 
The goal was to learn whether obesity in fathers may be correlated with changes in gene expression in their offspring. One example of this regulation is the process of DNA methylation at "imprinted" genes, or genes in which maternal or paternal copies (alleles) are chemically modified and turned on or off. In the study, there was a clear correlation between obesity in fathers and decreased DNA methylation at an imprinted gene in newborns. 
This means the gene in these newborns may have lost its imprinting and could become overly active, increasing the newborns' risk of various diseases, including cancer. In general, both too much and too little gene expression are linked with disease. The body needs to maintain a constant condition, and environmental factors, including a father's health, may affect this equilibrium.
Armed with this knowledge, it may be possible for fathers to lower the chances of epigenetic problems in their offspring, or to correct hormonal imbalances that may be causing these problems. 
Steve: In the end, it will be fathers' lifestyle changes that will be most important for their children. Fathers need to be aware of the importance of their food pattern and lifestyle for the health of their future offspring.
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Recipe du Jour
Creamy Quinoa Side Dish

1 T. olive oil

1 small onion, minced

1 rib of celery, minced

2 sprigs thyme, chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

4 cups white quinoa

1/8 tsp salt

Black pepper, to taste

1 cup dry white wine

2 quarts low sodium vegetable broth

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 cup minced fresh mint

1 cup grated Parmesan or 3/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese

1 T. white or black truffle oil

Mint leaves for garnish


In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over moderate heat. Add onion, celery, thyme and garlic and cook until onions are softened. Add quinoa and stir for about 30 seconds. Add salt, black pepper, wine and vegetable broth and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 15 to 20 minutes, or until half the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Add peas, mint, Parmesan/Romano cheese and additional black pepper to taste, and cook, about 3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Add truffle oil and stir to combine. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired. SERVES 4-6 


Mental Minute
Hypnotherapy Should Be Part of Any IBS Treatment.

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have improved symptoms and quality of life following gut-directed group hypnosis, researchers from American Journal of Gastroenterology report. The researchers recommend it should be offered as a routine treatment in gastroenterology centers, and gut-directed hypnotherapists should be a part of each gastroenterology team. 


In this study, hypnotherapy was especially effective in patients with refractory IBS, which occurs when medication is not helpful. One problem, however, is the low availability of therapists, and there has been a great need to optimize this intervention.


Patients were randomized to group hypnotherapy were hypnotized with no side effects. The control group received supportive talks with medication. At the end of 12 weeks, 60.8% of patient getting group hypnotherapy had significant improvements in their IBS impact scale scores, compared with 40.9% of the controls. By 12 months, hypnotherapy patients and controls still had significant improvements (54.3% vs 25%). The strongest effects of hypnotherapy were seen in daily activities, fatigue, and emotional aspects of IBS. Compared with controls, the hypnotherapy patients also showed significant improvements in quality of life. 


Group hypnotherapy was more effective than control treatment in relieving constipation, abdominal pain, and flatulence. Patients randomized to group hypnotherapy experienced significant reductions in anxiety and depression, whereas controls maintained their anxiety and depression scores near baseline. 


Bonnie: A relatively short (10 sessions) therapy, performed within three months, is available in a cheaper setting (group sessions) and more than 50% have a long term effect (many over years). There are no side effects, and it is easy to learn. Patients can practice hypnosis at home and get a compact disc from their physician to do it whenever necessary. More than 60% of patients with severe IBS have psychological disturbances.

Your Healthy Kitchen
Important Places to Keep Germs at Bay

Sanitize the Kitchen Sink
Forget the bathroom. The kitchen sink is the second germiest place in the house. The kitchen sponge is No. 1. Bacteria from raw meats and other foods flourish and grow in your sink. Scrub it with a disinfecting cleanser every day. And that sponge? Wet it and zap it in the microwave for two minutes each day to help kill any E. coli and salmonella lurking there.

Keep Countertops Clean
Clean your kitchen counters every day after you prepare food. First, wash them with hot soapy water to get rid of any gunk and grime you can see. Then spray vinegar from a spray bottle to sanitize them. Let them air dry. To help keep your counters germ-free, don't put your purse, laptop, phone, mail, or anything else on top of them.

Clean the Fridge
Keep your fridge clean by washing the inside walls, doors, and shelves with hot soapy water every few months. To get rid of smells, use a mix of half water and half white vinegar. Or, wash with a mixture of baking soda and water, then let the fridge air out for a few hours. Always clean up refrigerator spills right away.


Wild Card
These Do Not Pass the Eye Test.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) issued a list of 5 unnecessary tests and treatments that are commonly done but without a lot of evidence base.

  1. Preoperative Medical Tests: Don't perform preoperative medical tests - such as an electrocardiogram or blood glucose test - prior to eye surgery unless there are specific signs indicating a need for them.
  2. Imaging Tests: Don't routinely order imaging tests when there are no symptoms or signs of significant eye disease.
  3. Antibiotics for Pink Eye: Don't prescribe antibiotics for pink eye that is caused by an adenovirus.
  4. Antibiotics for Eye Injections: Don't routinely provide antibiotics before or after injections into the vitreous cavity of the eye.
  5. Punctal Plugs for Dry Eye: Don't treat dry eye by inserting punctal plugs before attempting other options, such as medical treatments with artificial tears, lubricants and compresses.
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Broccitology: Superfood Championship 2013

broccitologyThe 2013 Superfood Championship runs concurrently with March Madness, the Men's and Women's College Basketball Championship.


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eInspire Quote of the Week.

"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

-Ursula K. LeGuin 


Have a happy, healthy day.

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

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