NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
April 20, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration?

By delving into the deepest layer of your body's function, your genes, we can now tell you how well you convert Beta Carotene into vitamin A. For more information, contact us or go to this page.

DID YOU KNOW that in a study presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, researchers showed that high-flavanol chocolate improves placental function and decreases the risk of preeclampsia? A total of 30 grams of chocolate was consumed daily for 12 weeks. That would make most pregnant women happy!

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Blueberry Bludgeons Alzheimer's
Bonnie and Steve: The blueberry, already considered a "Superfood" for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, also could be a weapon in the war against Alzheimer's disease. New research presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society further bolsters this belief. 

Researchers believe that blueberries' beneficial effects are due to flavonoids called anthocyanins. They conducted two trials involving adults aged 68 and older. 

In the first study, researchers gave them either freeze-dried blueberry powder, which is equivalent to a cup of berries, or a placebo powder once a day for 16 weeks. There was improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who had the blueberry powder compared with those who took the placebo. The blueberry group demonstrated improved memory and improved access to words and concepts. Functional magnetic resonance imaging showed increased brain activity in those who ingested the blueberry powder.

In the second study, people who did not have mild cognitive impairment, but felt their memories were declining, received blueberry powder, fish oil, fish oil and powder or placebo. Cognition was somewhat better for those with blueberry powder or fish oil separately.

The researchers conclude that blueberries are effective in treating patients with cognitive impairments, but should also be an option as a preventive for those with minor memory issues or who have not yet developed cognitive problems.

Try to eat organic blueberries whenever possible because pesticides lessen blueberries' powerful effects.
Alzheimer's Update
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Screening for Vitamin A & D Genetic Deficiencies Is Now Available!

Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is coming soon: genes associated with how well you can absorb vitamin A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

NCI Well Connect Membership
One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Here is a recent preview issue.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 41 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Fast Mimicking Diet Action Plan. You can view the full library of titles here.
  3. Natural Foods Shopping List. Updated quarterly, our Natural Foods Shopping List includes only the most meticulously vetted, highest quality food and beverage products that we recommend to our clients. These include gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items.
  4. Free 15 Minute Wellness Coaching Sessions (visits with Bonnie are separate) on topics such as 23andMe genetic results, Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

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Have a happy, healthy day,
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