NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 29, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study from this month's American Geriatrics Society, a study of women aged 75 and older, vitamin D3 levels of less than 50 were associated with greater all-cause mortality for up to 10 years. This difference yet again indicates that low vitamin D3 not only is an indicator of impaired health, but also plays a role in disease outcome.

If you missed this in last Monday's issue, please read Steve's Studies here.

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
A Complete Calcium Source Matters
Bonnie and Steve: Ethnographic and anthropological studies indicate that adult human hunter-gatherers consumed most of their calcium in the form of bones from animals, such as small and large mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. We are genetically adapted to consume a large proportion of our dietary calcium from bones, where calcium is absorbed along with a matrix of nutrients including magnesium, phosphorus, strontium, zinc, iron, copper, collagen protein, aminoglycans and osteocalcin, all of which also support robust bone formation. 

While consuming animal bones may not be practical in the modern age (except for those who consume sardines with bones), taking a supplement that mirrors the bone matrix is highly recomended.

According to a study in the June issue of Open Heart, ingestion of microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (supplemental calcium source that mirrors the bone matrix; you may know it as MCHC or MCHA) produces less of an acute spike in blood calcium levels compared to soluble calcium salts typically used in standard supplements. Hydroxyapatite also stimulates bone osteoblast cells and contains virtually all the essential building blocks needed to construct bone tissue.

Taking a calcium supplement from carbonate, which is sourced from rocks, and citrate, which is sourced from corn-based citric acid, do not have the same absorption capability.

The addition of magnesium and vitamin D to a whole bone supplement further enhances its effectiveness.

Finally, we can get bioavailable sources of calcium from specific foods, as evidenced by the image above. Leafy greens are particularly wonderful because they contain, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K.
Bone Health, Osteoporosis Update
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Genetic Nutrient Deficiency Testing

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, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, 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. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

UP4 Acidophilus Discontinued

Bonnie and Steve: Much to our chagrin, UAS Life Sciences has discontinued UP4 Acidophilus (yellow label). Their reasoning was: "it's not a big seller" and "customers want multiple strains per capsule".

When we mentioned that in many instances, those who suffer from yeast imbalances need and can only tolerate acidophilus, they had no credible response. The cold reality is that even supplement manufacturers go with what sells, not what serves the best interest of its diverse customers.

Luckily, we have options to cater to your individual needs.
  1. If you no longer struggle with yeast imbalance, you can switch to UP4 Daily(lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus).
  2. For everyone else, we contract manufactured our own Acidophilus product: Well Probiotic L. Acidophilus. We will ship this product with refrigeration during the warmer months. but you can store it exactly as you did with UP4 Acidophilus (just refrigerate after opening).
We have never been about "what sells". Unfortunately, we are penalized for this as evidenced by the discontinuation of certain Twinlab products and now this.

We will continue to focus solely on what's best for your individual needs, as well as our own, because everyone here, in addition to our friends and families, all use the same products you do!
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Have a happy, healthy day,
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