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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
November 13, 2013
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Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.


More Mag Please!
Hearing Loss
Recent studies suggest that magnesium intake along with antioxidants may act in synergy to prevent hearing loss. A study to appear in the January 2014 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that higher intakes of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and magnesium were associated with better hearing at both speech and high frequencies. While the joint effect of all three were significantly larger than the sums of the individual effects, magnesium alone still had a measurable effect.
Prevention of Colorectal Cancer
According to a study in the November issue of Chinese Clinical Oncology, there is convincing evidence that intake of magnesium, along with garlic and vitamin B6, may significantly protect against developing colorectal cancer.
Blood Sugar Woes
After assessing the effects of magnesium supplementation among people with metabolic syndrome, a study from the October issue of Nutrientsconcludes that dietary magnesium intake is inadequate among non-diabetic individuals with metabolic syndrome and suggest that increasing dietary magnesium to, at minimum, meet the RDA recommended daily allowance, has a protective effect on insulin resistance. 
Steve: The subjects with the highest level of magnesium were 71% less likely to have insulin resistance. With results like that, if Big Pharma could exclusively patent magnesium, it would be the blockbuster of the century.

While most people are consistently below the 375 mg/day (the RDA), higher magnesium intakes are even more beneficial. As such, it is crucial that the public prioritizes magnesium intake from the diet and supplements in order to curb the chronic disease burden.
Thanksgiving Recipes.
The American Institute for Cancer Research says that Brussels sprouts can "help our bodies detoxify undesirable compounds, possibly stopping cancer before it starts." Here is a delectable Thanks giving dinner side dish.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 lb. Brussels sprouts

2 T. olive oil

garlic/onion salt and pepper to taste

paprika, deliciously optional


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After cutting the sprouts from the stalk (if applicable) and rinsing them (also cut off white stems on the base of each sprout), chop them in half lengthwise. Place the sprouts, halved side up, on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and optional paprika. Roast for 20 minutes or until tender. SERVES: 4




We found a wonderful recipe for those who either do not bake or are crunched for time around Thanksgiving.


No Bake, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie 
original recipe credit to REX 1516 and Justin Swain


Pie Crust

-2 1/4 cup ground raw hazelnuts

-3/4 cup cocoa powder

-1/2 cup coconut oil

-9 dates, stoned

Place hazelnuts and cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix well, breaking up any lumps. Add coconut oil to powder mixture and mix well. Place dates in a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add dates to dough-like mixture and combine well with hands. Place crust into 9-inch round pie pan. Place crust in refrigerator while making filling.



-1 (8-ounce) unsweetened almond or coconut milk with 1/2 small package of Knox gelatin

-5 tablespoons Earth Balance butter substitute

-1 cup raw sugar, finely ground

-1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

-1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

-2 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

-1 (15 ounce) can organic pumpkin


Heat 1/4 cup substititute milk to almost boiling. Add Knox gelatin, stir, and let sit until the gelatin is dissolved and no longer grainy. Beat the remaining substitute milk and butter substitute with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Both fats should be well softened to ensure the filling is lump free. Add the gelatin mixture when slightly cooled. Add the dry sugar to the mixture and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree and beat until thoroughly combined. If you find that your filling is lumpy, pass it through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.


Spoon the filling into the pie shell. Let pie chill in the fridge overnight. (very important that it chills overnight or it won't setup). Serve with whipped cream, if desired. SERVES: 6-8


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