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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
July 30, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that we recommend athletes stay away from supplements that contain "proprietary blends" on their labels?


Some substances, such as caffeine, may be safe up to a limit, but are considered a banned substance above a certain threshold. So, if a supplement contains a propriety blend with caffeine, athletes don't know if it's at an approved limit.

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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Probiotics Help Blood Pressure.


New research published in Hypertension suggests that taking probiotics can help lower blood pressure.


On average, study participants who had consumed probiotics daily for 8 weeks or more had a 3.5 mm Hg lower systolic blood pressure (pressure in the arteries when the heart beats) and a 2.38 mm Hg lower diastolic blood pressure (pressure in the arteries between heartbeats), compared with those who did not consume probiotics.

Such effects were strongest among those with high blood pressure and greater benefits were found from consumption of probiotic products that contained multiple bacteria.

However, the researchers note that consumption of probiotics with fewer than 1 billion bacteria did not improve blood pressure.


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Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way
Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way
Prep Now for Back to School.

Last week, we discussed the importance of getting a jump on consistent sleep and dietary habits for your kids to achieve optimal school performance.


Mindfulness, a type of meditation, is also a great thing to start at home. This week, a government-funded study in Journal of School Psychology said that middle school-aged students who meditated during a 6-week, classroom-based mindfulness meditation program were significantly less likely than non-meditators to develop suicidal thoughts or self-harming thoughts or behaviors.


The study also found that both mindfulness meditation showed improvements in internalizing problems, externalizing problems, attention problems, and affect.


Get your kids into the habit right now, and by the time school starts, it will be routine!