NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 1, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that in Mexico, a 10% tax on sugar sweetened drinks has been associated with an overall 12% reduction in sales and a 4% increase in purchases of untaxed beverages one year after implementation, according to a study in BMJ?

You can still take advantage of both May and June sale items until the end of the day today.

Metagenics sent us a memo alerting us of a problem customers have had purchasing counterfeit and adulterated products from third party sources on the Internet. Read the memo from Metagenics here.

While Pure Encapsulations has not sent out a memo about this issue, they have alerted us to similar occurrences with their products.

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

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Magnesium's Magnificence

Bonnie and Steve: The following is the perfect excuse for taking mag glycinate upon waking and before bed!

Magnesium Helps Regulate Circadian Rhythm
The amount of magnesium in the diet plays a central role in helping to adapt to the rhythms of night and day, researchers have discovered in journal Nature. The revelation may also point towards magnesium as a gatekeeper of cellular energy balance and expenditure over the daily cycle. The study pinpointed the nutrient magnesium as a determinant of how cells keep to a schedule helping them adjust to the natural environmental cycle of day and night, also known as circadian rhythms.

Magnesium levels were also linked with the rate of metabolism in cells. The researchers predicted that the cells ability to convert nutrients into energy would be low when magnesium levels were low as protein synthesis is one of the most energetically expensive processes that cells undertake.

How magnesium regulates our body's internal clock and metabolism has simply not been considered before. Internal clocks are fundamental to all living things. They influence many aspects of health and disease in our own bodies, but equally in crop plants and micro­organisms. So this discovery can benefit not just humans, but other animals, plants, and microorganisms as well!

More Cardiovascular Benefits
A study from the April issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that a daily magnesium supplement of 350 mg for two years in overweight and obese adults significantly reduced arterial stiffness.

According to a study in the March issue of Nutrition Journal, in subjects free of symptomatic cardiovascular disease, those with the highest blood magnesium levels had 48% lower odds of hypertension, 69% lower odds of type 2 diabetes, and 16% lower odds of coronary artery calcium, compared to those with the lowest serum magnesium.

Topical Magnesium Gets in on the Act
A magnesium ­based therapy, applied through the skin, may ease the painful muscular symptoms of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) according to preliminary data by United Kingdom's National Health Service. Deterioration of neurons in the brain and spinal cord lead to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility and stiffness or cramps in the limbs and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing. Magnesium plays a crucial role in helping to relieve muscle tension and cramping. Just a few sprays a day is all it takes.
Scale Rates Nutrients for Depression
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Steve: Just last week, we lauded the American Psychiatric Association for promoting a study presenting nutraceuticals as adjuncts for depression.

A study just presented at their annual meeting had the lead researcher preaching, "the data are very clear that there's a powerful prevention signal when we help our patients eat better."

Using the best data at their disposal, the research team used a formula to calculate the"Brain Food Scale Score". Key nutrients include long-chain omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, fiber, and vitamins B1, B9, B12, D, and E. 

Although these nutrients are key to brain function, the percentages of the US population that do not meet the recommended daily allowances for these key nutrients are as follows:

Vitamin E: 86%

Folate: 75%

Calcium: 73%

Magnesium: 68%

Zinc: 42%

Vitamin B6: 35%

Iron: 34%

Vitamin B12: 30%

This does not even take into account genetic deficiencies that block absorption of key nutrients.

In addition to leafy green vegetables, researchers highlighted the importance of meats, nuts (pecans, walnuts, and peanuts), bivalves (mussels, clams, oysters), mollusks (octopus, squid, snail), and fish (salmon and sardines).

They even suggest making better choices when it comes to meat by choosing pastured animals (i.e grass-fed)!

The "Brain Food Scale" goes beyond depression and dementia, and also applies to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and addictions.

Growing Interest in Food as Therapy

This is the fourth consecutive year that a symposium on food and the brain has been held at the APA's annual meeting, and every year it has drawn increasingly larger audiences. Psychiatrists, said the lead researcher, should "regularly ask patients what they are eating and whether they have any food aversions or allergies".

One specific risk, at least with the vegan diet, and to some extent the vegetarian diet, is the lack of vitamin B12. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to depression, anemia, and eventually to irreversible damage to neurons. A recent study that examined vegan populations showed that 52% of individuals were "frankly deficient" in vitamin B12 and that 23% had "insufficient" levels.

We are absolutely thrilled with these developments. The understanding of the gut/brain connection is absolutely critical. Mental health professionals recommending health lifestyles and nutrients will help our population immeasurably short and long-term.
Screening for Vitamin A & D Genetic Deficiencies Is Now Available!

Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

UP4 Acidophilus Discontinued

Bonnie and Steve: Much to our chagrin, UAS Life Sciences has discontinued UP4 Acidophilus (yellow label). Their reasoning was: "it's not a big seller" and "customers want multiple strains per capsule".

When we mentioned that in many instances, those who suffer from yeast imbalances need and can only tolerate acidophilus, they had no credible response. The cold reality is that even supplement manufacturers go with what sells, not what serves the best interest of its diverse customers.

Luckily, we have options to cater to your individual needs.
  1. If you no longer struggle with yeast imbalance, you can switch to UP4 Daily(lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus).
  2. For everyone else, we contract manufactured our own Acidophilus product: Well Probiotic L. Acidophilus. We will ship this product with refrigeration during the warmer months. but you can store it exactly as you did with UP4 Acidophilus (just refrigerate after opening).
We have never been about "what sells". Unfortunately, we are penalized for this as evidenced by the discontinuation of certain Twinlab products and now this.

We will continue to focus solely on what's best for your individual needs, as well as our own, because everyone here, in addition to our friends and families, all use the same products you do!
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