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SPECIAL REPORT - 9/18/2007
-- Mag Lowers Cholesterol?
-- Recent Advances in Women's Health.
-- Scholarship Established by Bonnie Minsky.
-- September MAG Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Local Produce Abounds.
-- Top Ten Places for Prepared Foods Continued...
-- From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Chronically Feeling Super.


Mag Lowers Cholesterol?
Magnesium After separately reviewing 18 different studies related to magnesium and cholesterol, here is what was discovered:
  • Magnesium may lower total cholesterol 6 to 20%
  • Magnesium may lower LDL (bad cholesterol) 10 to 18%
  • Magnesium may reduce triglycerides 10 to 42%
  • Magnesium may raise HDL (good cholesterol) 4 to 11%

How can magnesium at times achieve similar results to statin therapy?

1. Magnesium regulates enzymes that control cholesterol production. In particular, magnesium targets the same enzyme, HMG-CoH reductase, as statin medication.

2. Magnesium raises levels of HDL while lowering LDL. Albeit not lowering LDL as dramatically as statins, the rise in HDL offsets this.


While synthetic statin therapy blocks the entire enzymatic function of cholesterol absorption, magnesium is a natural inhibitor, which either blocks its function, or allows it to continue, based upon the body's needs at the time. This is why you will not see the following while taking magnesium: elevated liver enzymes, muscle pain, myopathy, and other side effects associated with statins.

How Do I Know if I Need Magnesium?

About 72% of the US population is deficient. The RDA's are too low. Beyond that, you really need a licensed health professional to gauge what is your optimal intake. Blood magnesium levels do not reflect true magnesium status. Other available tests are extremely expensive or very time-consuming.

Note: supplemental magnesium has a laxative effect that may cause intestinal discomfort or loose stools; however, the bis-glycinate (amino acid chelate) form does not produce these side effects.

More information on magnesium in 2007.

Recent Advances in Women's Health.
 Bonnie wanted to share some insight from a recent Women's Health Conference which she attended. Topics include sleep patterns, the HPV vaccine, Metabolic Syndrome criteria, and more.

View the full report here.

Scholarship Established by Bonnie Minsky.
UIC To provide incentive for talented members of the Public Health field to choose nutritional counseling, a scholarship has been established in Bonnie Minsky's name at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health.

Every year for the next ten years, one student that meets rigorous specifications focusing on nutrition will be chosen for the scholarship.

Bonnie received her Masters Degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health and considers the educational experience as one of her most gratifying.

Bonnie views the scholarship as an opportunity to produce well-rounded nutrition counselors: "I benefited tremendously by getting an MPH. It gives you a tremendous advantage as a nutritionist because you can view the whole scope of preventive health as seen in many countries, not just the U.S."


September MAG Sale - 20% OFF.
CoQ10 Metagenics Mag Glycinate 120 & 240 tablets
One of Bonnie's supplemental stalwarts. It's broad-spectrum importance for such a wide variety of organ functions makes it a must for most.

Pure Encaps Mag Glycinate 180 capsules
For those who have an easier time taking capsules.

UAS Labs DDS-100 Acidophilus DF w/FOS 100 capsules
This oldie but goodie is back in our good graces. The well-tolerated, low-dose acidophilus is back from suspension after meeting label claim. UAS reformulated the product which now boasts double the potency and is a veggie cap. It still is free of dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, harmful binders and preservatives.

Order here.

Local Produce Abounds.
 September is the most populous month for seasonal, locally grown produce. Take advantage of your local farmer's markets and co-op's. Keep an eye out for local and regionally-grown produce in your supermarkets. Bon appetit!

The complete list of Chicagoland CSA's.

Top Ten Places for Prepared Foods Continued...
 A client named Marlene had a wonderful suggestion to add to the list:

Flat Top Grill

This make-your-own stir-fry bar has endless healthy selections and offers multiple locations around Chicagoland.

In an ever-growing world of convenience foods, there are unfortunately few players we can endorse. However, we were able to come up with a short list (some of which are local only to Chicagoland) that meets our standards. Most have multiple locations. They are listed alphabetically:

  1. Chipotle Grill
  2. Flat Top Grill
  3. Foodstuffs
  4. Fox & Obel
  5. Garden Fresh Market
  6. Goddess & Grocer
  7. Sunset Foods
  8. Trader Joes
  9. Treasure Island
  10. Whole Foods
  11. Wild Oats


Flat Top Grill.

From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Chronically Feeling Super.
 Did you know that one in 40 adults ages 18-59 have symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Learn about 7 little-known triggers of CFS and what you can do to suppress this often misdiagnosed disease from our brand new, nine page Action Plan (take a Sneak Peek).

While most experts will tell you that CFS cannot be suppressed, we think otherwise. If you suspect that you have CFS, our Action Plan includes a symptom report form that you can fill out. Get From Chronic Fatigue to Chronically Feeling Super through Click & Buy or email us if you wish to access it another way.

From CFS to CFS Action Plan.

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