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Heart Smart Mineral
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Nutritional Update
Ice Chips

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July 22, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,   


Did you know that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recognized mogrosides, the active sweetener compound from monk fruit, as a natural sweetener "on the horizon."


CSPI made an entry in Chemical Cuisine: A Guide to Food Additives on mogrosides, where it declared the high-potency sweetener has potential to become more widely used.


Monk fruit is a common fruit in China that has been consumed for centuries as a popular tea and "cooling" beverage. The substance can be up to 250 times sweeter than sugar.


Monk fruit is now the second and newest natural, high-intensity non-nutritive sweetener available to the North American consumer, following the 2009 entry of stevia. Inclusion on CSPI's list comes as a welcomed surprise and serves as another validation for increasing acceptance of monk fruit.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


The Heart Smart, Mind Mastering Mineral.
Heart Smart

A study in the July issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition identified significant

associations of both circulating and dietary magnesium and risk of Cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. 


Circulating magnesium (per 0.2-mmol/L increment) was associated with a 30% lower risk of CVD, with trends toward a lower risk of Ischemic Heart disease (IHD) and fatal IHD. Dietary magnesium was associated with a 22% lower risk of IHD and showed an association with fatal IHD, with a 27% lower risk up to at least 250 mg per day, compared with lower intakes. 


This investigation, which included a total of 313,041 individuals, provides the most robust evidence to date of the associations between circulating and dietary magnesium and CVD risk.


Mind Mastering

Magnesium ranks fourth as the most abundant mineral in the body, and second to potassium, is the most prevalent intracellular mineral. It is essential for the neurotransmission that orchestrates mood, cognition, memory, sleep, relaxation and overall emotional well-being. Due to declining magnesium content of soil, water and the American food supply over the last 100 years, deficiencies have become increasingly prevalent.

An evolving body of scientific evidence, dating back to the 1920s, substantiates magnesium status as an important consideration in psychiatric care. In 1921, researchers documented significant mood benefits in 220 out of 250 patients receiving supplemental magnesium. More rigorous studies over the last 50 years have associated repletion of magnesium with positive changes in mood, healthy eating behavior, balanced stress responses and sleep quality. As healthy levels of this mineral may support the efficacy of other modalities, supplements are widely utilized in integrative psychiatry.

Supporting both sides of the neuronal conversation
Magnesium facilitates many molecular conversations. Known as neurotransmission, these exchanges mediate all aspects of brain function. Magnesium is a cofactor for the biosynthesis of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that maintain healthy mood, behavior, appetite, cognitive function, sleep patterns and stress responses. Patients with adequate magnesium levels tend to exhibit healthy amounts of these chemical messengers in the cerebrospinal fluid. Supplementation has produced significant support for mood, sleep and cognition, even when baseline levels are not assessed.

Magnesium and healthy stress management.
The relationship between stress and magnesium is reciprocal-while this nutrient maintains healthy responses to life's daily adversities, stress itself affects the body's retention of magnesium. Everyday stress can activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, stimulating the release of cortisol. By acting at both the pituitary and adrenal levels, magnesium helps to maintain homeostasis of the entire axis. For example, in the pituitary gland, magnesium modulates the release of ACTH, a hormone that travels to the adrenal glands to stimulating cortisol release. Simultaneously, magnesium acts in the adrenal gland to maintain a healthy response to the ACTH. In turn, cortisol release is kept within a normal range.

Magnesium supplements
When bound to an organic molecule, such as glycine, magnesium is easily absorbed. Magnesium glycinate is often preferred by patients with digestive sensitivities to other magnesium sources.


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eNews Updates (access for all)
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Why NCI Well Connect?
Why NCI Well Connect?

Do you feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of diet and lifestyle information you are exposed to? Do you feel like there is never enough time to read up on all of it? NCI Well Connect can do it for you. 


Utilizing our decades of clinical experience to discern what is fact or fiction, we pore over 400 journals and media weekly to find the ideal nutrition and lifestyle tips that will motivate you to adhere to, or improve upon, your wellness goals.


NCI Well Connect is your weekly nutritionist and wellness companion. 


This Week's Topics Are:

  • Tips to Prevent Blood Clots.
  • Carotenoids Reduce Risk of ALS.
  • Low Breast Milk Production Not Just From Low Fluid Intake.
  • Seaweed Snacks
  • Frozen Pad Thai Entree
  • Lotion for Breast-Feeding Mom's
  • Vaccine Update
  • Biofeedback for Headaches
  • Why PFOAs Should Be Avoided at All Costs.
  • Fat Tissue Triggers Inflammation.
  • eInspire

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You May Need a Nutritional Update. 

updateAre you a snowbird or student back home for the summer? Has it been a few years since your last visit? Have you had major trauma or changes in your life that have altered your optimal balance. Or, do you just feel there is one small thing missing from you feeling ideal? Chances are that you are due for a nutritional update with Bonnie.


If you have had a physical with bloodwork performed within the last 6-8 months, set up a consultation with Bonnie. Bring a copy of the bloodwork and be ready to discuss any diet, supplement, medication, health status, and major life changes since your last visit.


To set up an appointment, please contact us at 847-498-3422.

Ice Chips Xylitol Mints

icechips2It has been difficult for many of you since Xylichew gum went out of production. We think we have found a wonderful product for you.

We are recommending and stocking at our office the sugar-free candy Ice Chips.
While not gum, these little mints taste delicious and are made with corn-free xylitol. We are stocking the flavors Berry Mix, Lemon, Peppermint, and Licorice. 
Not only are they non-glycemic, they can help prevent dental caries. The one caveat: you have to eat them in moderation (four chips daily) because xylitol has a laxative effect. Enjoy.