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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
May 7, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,


DID YOU KNOW that vitamin D3 suppresses the action of mast cells, which are the main contributors to allergic disorders, according to a Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 
study? In addition, a vitamin D3 ointment applied to the skin significantly reduced allergy-induced skin swelling due to mast cell hyperactivity.

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Gut-Rotting Grain.

Mycotoxins are produced by certain strains of fungi such as Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium, which attack crops in the field, and grow on foods during storage under favorable conditions of temperature and humidity.


Foods mainly contributing to the intake of mycotoxins with diet are cereals. Corn is especially the most risky commodity due to the potential co-occurrence of more than one mycotoxin.


A study in the July issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology states mycotoxins can be of particular concern for vulnerable groups of the population such as celiac patients, who often increase their corn product consumption after removing wheat from their diets.


Steve: In this study, the exposure of celiac subjects to mycotoxins were higher than non-celiac subjects, especially children.


Bonnie on Sugar!

If you did not get to hear Bonnie discussing"Sugar: the Bitter Truth" on Aging Info Radio, WIND AM 560 this past Sunday, you can listen at this link.


A special thanks to our client Frank for setting up the interview.


Low Vitamin D Level Increases Fracture Risk.

Prolonged low levels of vitamin D increase long-term fracture risk in elderly women. Vitamin D insufficiency sustained over 5 years was associated with an increased 10-year risk of osteoporotic fracture. The data was reported last month at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.


Bonnie: The results reinforce the importance of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in the setting of fracture risk. In every positive study, patients have taken at least 700 to 800IU vitamin D3 per day or more. However, we still believe the minimum daily intake of vitamin D3 should be more than 700 to 800IU.