NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
December 27, 2017
End of Year Sale!
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that in the 2017 Council for Responsible Nutrition poll, 76% of Americans surveyed said they took dietary supplements, up 5 percentage points from 2016!

Take advantage of December and January sale items through January 1, 2018. See sale items below.

Loyalty points reset to zero on December 31st at 12:59PM. If you're not sure how many points you have accrued, feel free to contact us.

We will be closed on New Year's Day, Monday, January 1st.

Metagenics sent a memo alerting us of a problem customers have had purchasing counterfeit and adulterated products from third party sources on the Internet. Pure Encapsulations alerted us to similar occurrences with their products. Overheated products, expired products, labels removed, QR codes removed, and label tampering are all major issues. Read the memo here.

We are not a third party vendor. We are an authorized vendor for Metagenics and Pure Encapsulations.

Have a happy, healthy New Year! Steve and Bonnie
Tale of 2 Depression Diets
Bonnie and Steve: Food plays with our emotions. We must be vigilant in not only to understanding specific foods that trigger emotional instability, but specific eating styles as well. Two recent studies, one positive and one negative, shed light on the importance of eating style for preventing depression.

The Mediterranean Diet
According to a study in this month's Nutritional Neuroscience, when participants with severe depression followed a Mediterranean diet, they experienced a significant reduction in symptom severity that lasted up to six months.

In just the second controlled trial to examine the effect of the Mediterranean diet in people with severe depression, researchers found the diet to be associated with a 45% reduction in depression symptoms. The first trial, published earlier this year in BMC Medicine, discovered the Mediterranean diet was associated with significant improvements in depression scores. 

The role diet plays in mental health has always been under-appreciated by allopathic medicine. Maybe these studies will turn the tide. The Mediterranean diet, or PaleoMediterranean diet for that mater, is more than just food, it's a lifestyle and can be a very cost-effective treatment.

Along with wonderful research outcomes on magnesium for depression and mental health, 2017 has certainly been an exciting year for nutritional psychiatry!

Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
On the flip side, vegetarian or vegan diets have been linked to depression. In the case of a new study of 9600 men from this month's Journal of Affective Disorders, those who reported being vegetarians or vegans had significantly higher scores on a depression-measuring scale than non-vegetarians, signifying mild to moderate depression.

Nutritional deficiencies of many B-vitamins, especially vitamin B12, and iron are a reasonable explanation for these findings. In addition, plant protein sources that are not as easy to assimilate as meat also plays a role in depression.

This is the first large epidemiological study to show a relationship between vegetarianism/veganism and significant depressive symptoms among adult men. This has already been studied in women, which arrived at a similar conclusion.

One note as long as we are discussing the importance of B-vitamins for mental health. In a study from this month's Maturitas, researchers found that supplementation of B-vitamins improved symptoms of depression. They found that all major B-vitamins helped to some degree, but vitamins B1, B3, B6, B9, and B12 stood out more than the others.
Nutrient Epidemic in These Adults
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