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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
April 2, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,
 
Spring is the perfect time for a cleanse. We have three options for you to choose from. Or, just ask us which one is best for you. 

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

3 Sure Contributors to Heart Disease.

Low Vitamin D

In a study presented at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting, researchers found that vitamin D deficiency was identified in seven in ten patients undergoing coronary angiography - an imaging test used to see how blood flows through the arteries in the heart.

 

Vitamin D deficiency was associated with a 32 percent higher prevalence of coronary artery disease than those with the lowest levels. There were also almost 20 percent more severe cases affecting multiple vessels.

  

A progressive increase in heart disease was found according to the severity of vitamin D deficiency. In addition, patients with the lowest levels of vitamin D had nearly double the rate of clogged arteries as those with normal levels.

 

The takeaway here..make sure your vitamin D level is normal!

 

Diet Drinks

Another study presented at the same meeting followed the diet drink habits of 60,000 healthy, menopausal women. After an average follow-up of 8.7 years, women who drank two or more diet drinks per day were 30 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease compared to women who never or only rarely consumed diet drinks.

 

The takeaway here...replace diet drinks with water!

  

Low Magnesium Intake

The aim of a February European Journal of Clinical Nutrition study was to summarize the association of dietary magnesium (Mg) intake with serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels more than 3 mg/l in the general population. C-reactive protein is associated with inflammation, which can lead to heart disease.


In over 32,000 subjects, there was a significant association between Mg intake and serum CRP levels. The lower the total Mg intake, the higher the serum CRP levels.

According to the authors, the beneficial effect of Mg intake on chronic diseases such as heart disease may be explained by inhibiting inflammation.
  
The takeaway here...if you cannot consume copious amounts of magnesium-rich foods on a daily basis, which is very difficult to do, supplement with an easily absorbed form of magnesium such as glycinate.
 
Mea Culpa Over Negative Omega-3 Study.

Researchers have issued a correction to their recentAnnals of Internal Medicine systematic review that unfairly created waves of negative media for omega-3s.

 

The details are available for NCI Well Connect subscribers.