NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 15, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, a high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10?

Girls and young woman were more likely than boys and young men to have coenzyme Q10 deficiencies. Boys and young men were more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. Patients with chronic migraines were more likely to have coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin deficiencies than those with episodic migraines. 

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Supp Prevents Cognitive Decline
Bonnie and Steve: A dietary supplement containing ingredients commonly found in health food stores appears to prevent the decline in brain structure and function typically seen in Alzheimer's disease.

In a study of accelerated aging and severe cognitive decline, a combination of vitamins and minerals, as well as nutraceuticals, such as beta carotene, bioflavonoids, cod liver oil, flax seed, garlic, and green tea extract, not only maintained brain cell numbers and mass and cognitive function but also appeared to prevent deterioration of sight and smell.

The study appeared in the May issue of Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.

Previous research by the team showed that the supplement extended longevity and reduced cognitive and age-related physical deterioration in both normal mice and transgenic growth hormone mice (TGM). TGM are characterized by accelerated aging accompanied by severe cognitive decline, as well long-term oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and other traits.

With the supplement, brain mass and brain cell density were maintained at levels seen in young mice. The supplement restored cognitive function and led to significant improvements in motor coordination. It also appeared to reduce anxiety and offset deterioration of visual acuity. It was associated with increases in the thickness of the retinal outer nuclear layer and outer segment.

TGM that received the supplement also showed improvements in olfactory sensitivity in comparison with untreated mice. Inasmuch as olfactory loss is associated with an increased risk of developing severe neurodegenerative conditions, the researchers say these findings suggest that the supplement may be offsetting neurodegeneration throughout the brain.

The findings support the notion that dietary supplements are more likely to be effective when taken in combination with other supplements rather than when taken alone.

While we hardly ever cite mice studies, this one was special. The study was impeccably done, as well as mirrored the results of several human studies already performed.

We also want to bring light to the fact that so little Alzheimer's funding goes towards dietary supplements. Whenever results from a major study are revealed, we make it a point to share it with the public.  
Aloe: Wands of Heaven
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Steve: Most of you are familiar with the aloe vera plant. It has been used throughout the ages for healing.

Indian tribes gave the plant the name "wands of heaven."

Aloe vera is a demulcent herb that soothes irritated and inflamed tissue. It is a cell proliferant that speedily rebuilds new cells where damage has occurred. It also has antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera can be used internally and topically. The most common household use is for burns. Additional uses include: chronic leg ulcers, sunburns, wounds, scrapes, cuts, deodorant, clearing the throat, itching, insect bites, cleansing douche, digestive ulcers, peptic ulcers, eliminating liver spots, acne, nose congestion, maintaining good blood vessel tone and healthy circulation and it is a great mask to tighten and firm skin.

Genetic Nutrient Deficiency Testing

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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