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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
October 23, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,


While it is widely agreed upon that vitamins and minerals play a large role in promoting health and preventing disease, meeting the nutritional needs of seniors is a great challenge. There are no nutrient intake standards at present for the senior demographic. The World Health Organization says there is an urgent need to create nutrient guidelines, which competent national authorities can use to address the nutritional needs of their growing elderly populations.


Senior men especially are in desperate need for a road map to guide them. Our Wellness for the New Senior Male Action Plan leaves no stone unturned for men seeking to live an optimal quality of life.


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.


Fab Fall Veggies.
Fall is the time for roots and tubers and their wonderful benefits with very low allergenicity.
  • Rutabaga: goes well with rich meats
  • Jerusalem Artichoke: related to the sunflower (could be called sunchoke), it tastes great added to a potato mash or roasted vegetables.
  • White Yam: a true yam that when boiled or steamed, becomes fluffy and delicate.
  • Parnsip: roasting caramelizes the outside and turns the inside creamy.
  • Yuca (Cassava, Manioc): most familiar to tapioca, but can be smashed or simmered in stews.
  • Potato: tastes great boiled, baked, mashed or roasted; however, it is high glycemic load
  • Celery Root: gives body to creamy soups and purees 
  • Sweet Potato: the deeper the color, the moister and sweeter it is when cooked.
  • Jicama: often served raw with chili, lime and salt
  • Beet: roasting deepens with root's sweetness.
  • Turnip: adds balance to a blend of roasted root vegetables.
Chronic Disease Biomarkers Decrease As Soda Consumption Decreases.
A study from the new issue of Nutrition Research has shown that from 1999 to 2010, as the number of Americans lowered their soda consumption, certain biomarkers of chronic disease, C-Reactive Protein and LDL- cholesterol, have decreased, and HDL-cholesterol has increased.
The data, based upon National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), implicated sodas and added sugars as the reason for two-thirds of the decline.
The researchers state that Americans still consume way too much added sugar (77 grams daily), but is down from 100 grams daily in 1999. For some perspective, the average American ate 50 grams of added sugar in the 1970.
Two Key Serum Levels Linked to Better Quality of Life in Seniors.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and C-Reactive Protein (CRP), two key serum levels highlighted in Wellness for the New Senior Male Action Plan, were just cited in two prestigious journals for their effect senior health.
In a new study in the most recent issue of American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers discovered that in older persons with elevated levels of C-Reactive Protein (level more than 2), there was a higher risk of coronary heart disease even if total and LDL cholesterol levels were normal. This shows that addressing inflammation (which CRP measures) is crucial for reducing the risk of heart disease.
In another new study from Journal of the American Heart Association, high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood were associated with a lower risk of small infarcts (40%) and other brain abnormalities that are linked to cognitive decline in the elderly, such as changes in the brain's white matter. The easiest way to reach high levels of omega-3 fatty acids is to consume fatty fish or take fish oil supplements. 
Capitalize on Well Rewards Before 2013 Ends.


For the fourth year in a row, our NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program was a success. It will be back for 2014. Before the year ends, make sure you stock up on your supplements because:
  1. Your 2013 reward points reset to zero at 5PM on 12/31/2013.
  2. The more reward points you have accrued throughout the year, the larger the discounts become.   
  3. For details about NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program, click here.