Nutritional Concepts 
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Bonnie Unplugged
Meds Make You Fat
20% Off Sale
Brand Buzz Video
Did You Know? Zinc
Recipe du Jour
Artichoke Risotto


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Sneak Peek:
 Bonnie Minsky Unplugged

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April 5, 2010
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As part of our ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, we are excited to bring you a candid, four-part interview with Bonnie Minsky over the next few months. Click Sneak Peek for a preview.

Medications That Make You Fat.
 According to Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, from the American College of Preventive Medicine, medications are contributing to the population's obesity.

Unlike poor diet or lack of exercise, medications alone are not a separate fast track for obesity. Rather, they undermine a person's efforts at lifestyle modification. Find out how this occurs and what medications are the culprits at the link below.

Medications That Make You Fat.

Food Focus
 Artichoke: Superfood
Artichoke's origin is unknown, but are primarily harvested in spring in the Mediterranean region.

When shopping for fresh artichokes, look for tight, compact leaves and fresh-cut stem ends. If you buy canned, make sure it does not contain sulfur dioxide or other harmful fillers.

Artichokes are loaded with fiber, folate, and contain enough protein (4 g) to be considered a balanced snack.

We consider artichoke a superfood not only for its efficacy in supporting dyspepsia and hyperlipidemia, but encouraging data has surfaced for nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a diuretic and choleretic. While data is scant, certain cultures use artichokes for treating snakebites, renal insufficiency, anemia, edema, arthritis, cystitis, liver dysfunction, preventing gallstones, lowering blood pressure, and as as a hypoglycemic.

Artichokes are most commonly used as an appetizer with some form of dip, but can be used in pasta or risotto, on pizzas, in salads, and even with eggs.

NOTE: artichokes could cause an allergic reaction in individuals sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family of plants, which includes ragweed.

Here is a delectable artichoke recipe.

April Sale - 20% OFF
Cod Liver
Twinlab Allergy Fighters
Quercetin, vitamin B6, and selenium have been cited by Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology as being supportive for allergic symptoms. Avoiding dietary cross-reactors (see Conquering Allergy and Food Intolerance) and supplementing with specific nutrients are crucial for enduring allergy seasons that seem to intensify with each passing year.

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Our long-standing broad-spectrum digestive enzyme.

Twinlab Allergy Multicaps

Multiple vitamin/mineral for allergic individuals.

Carlson Liquid Cod Liver Oil
Two-for-one combo contains one gram EPA/DHA and 400IU bioavailable vitamin D in one teaspoon. Liquid is preferred because softgels lose much of their EPA/DHA during processing.

Carlson Mini Multi is now in stock. In the past it was corn-free, but now contains a trace amount of corn (as maltodextrin).

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Brand Buzz Video
Brand Buzz Video 
San-J Black Sesame Crackers
Hosted by Food Consultant Carolyn Martinelli and produced by Steve Minsky. 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?
"The mineral zinc serves as an essential cofactor for over 100 enzymes that play a role in immune function, oxidative stress, and the inflammatory process.

Zinc deficiency, often resulting in growth retardation, hypogonadism, immune dysfunction and cognitive impairment, affects nearly two billion people. A combination of genetic predisposition and dietary factors play the greatest role in compromising zinc absorption. A correction of this deficiency would truly have a great impact on human health in the world

Zinc supplementation has been very successful for acrodermatitis, Wilson's disease, acute diarrhea, chronic hepatitis C, shigellosis, leprosy, leishmaniasis, the common cold and pneumonia, preventing blindness in age-related macular degeneration, and decreased oxidiative stress and inflammatory cytokines in the elderly." Journal of the American College of Clinical Nutrition.

A simple, non-invasive method for testing zinc deficiency is the "Oral Zinc Status Test." Contact us for details.

WARNING: zinc is a mineral that should only be prescribed by a health professional. High, unnecessary amounts can be dangerous. To assure optimal absorption, we suggest supplementing with an amino acid chelate form of zinc.

Have a happy, healthy day.

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