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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
October 1, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that our office will be closed this Saturday, October 4th.

DOUBLE SALE: September items are still on sale until the end of the day. October sale items are also available.

Did you know that a new Menopause study found that peri and postmenopausal women with higher vitamin D3 levels from calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation had more favorable lipid profiles, including increased HDL, lower LDL, and lower triglycerides.

 

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer's Prevention
  1. Have Coffee. Drinking three to five servings of coffee a day in midlife may cut Alzheimer's chance by half in later life.
  2. Floss. Having gum disease before age 35 quadrupled the possibility of dementia years later. Elderly individuals with tooth and gum disease score lower on memory and cognition tests.
  3. Google. Doing an online search can stimulate your aging brain even more than reading through a book, according to UCLA researchers who used brain MRIs to demonstrate it.
  4. Develop New Brain Cells. Cardiovascular exercise, intense psychological activity, omega-3 fatty acids, stress management, adequate sleep, and a B-Complex all help.
  5. Eat Fruit and Vegetables. You can reduce your risk by 40% with just five servings daily.
  6. Meditate. Brain scans indicate that people who meditate frequently have much less cognitive decline and brain shrinkage.
  7. Take Vitamin D. A "serious deficiency" of vitamin D boosts elderly risk of cognitive impairment 394%. Levels should always bet at 50 or more for prevention.
  8. Fill Your Brain. It's called "cognitive reserve. " A rich accumulation of life experiences - education, marriage, socializing, a stimulating job, language skills, having a goal in life, physical activity and mentally demanding leisure activities - makes your brain better equipped to tolerate plaques and tangles.
Ding-Dong, Is Aspartame Dead?
Steve: Nutrasweet, the inventor of aspartame, is no longer producing the artificial sweetener aspartame. Great news right? Unfortunately not.

Nutrasweet claims that since their patent expired, they cannot compete with cheaper, foreign aspartame manufacturers. While partly true, it is also has to do with waning demand.

Aspartame's market share has dropped to only five percent of the non-caloric sweetener market. It has gotten so bad for Merisant, the lone brand name aspartame manufacturer, that it now offers four types of Equal: one with aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and an aspartame/saccharin combo.

Splenda brand sucralose is currently...the rest of this piece can be accessed by NCI Well Connect subscribers.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Osteoporosis Prevention

Bonnie: Women who maintain high vitamin D levels throughout menopause have a more than 40% reduced risk for fracture during the transition than those whose levels are lower, according to new research presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2014 annual meeting.
 

Researchers implore that the results emphasize the need for empiric vitamin D supplementation, treatment of vitamin D deficiency, and surveillance for the deficiency in perimenopausal women, a group known to be a high risk for bone loss.