In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

That type 2 diabetes is on the rise is not news. That a single mineral may go far in preventing it, is

By Environmental Nutrition Editors

The latest research and what to add to your diet | The mineral magnesium, essential to good health, is a necessary component of more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It's critical in maintaining normal bone, muscle, nerve, heart, immune function, and blood glucose control. Research now supports that magnesium may play an important role in protecting against type 2 diabetes.

Without magnesium, the hormone insulin can't do its job and deliver glucose, the body's energy source, to cells. The resulting high blood glucose level is a hallmark of diabetes and is associated with several conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

People with type 2 diabetes are insulin resistant, meaning their cells don't respond to insulin, and thus they have to produce larger amounts of insulin to maintain normal levels of glucose. A deficiency in magnesium is thought to contribute to insulin resistance. Untended, high blood glucose levels result in additional loss of magnesium in the urine, further intensifying the magnesium deficiency and health complications.


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Unfortunately, diabetes patients tend toward inadequate magnesium intake. This was the case in 82 percent of the subjects with diabetes in a study reported in a 2011 issue of Clinical Nutrition, which also found evidence that low magnesium levels may further promote the progression of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association conducted a meta-analysis of thirteen studies involving more than 500,000 participants and found a significant association between low magnesium intake and risk of type 2 diabetes (Diabetes Care)

Dietary surveys indicate that many adults don't meet the Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium, which for women and men over age 30 is 320 milligrams (mg) per day and 420 mg per day, respectively. Some--but not all--studies have shown positive results with magnesium supplementation.

According to a study in a 2011 issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, magnesium supplementation improved insulin resistance in obese, insulin resistant participants, as well as the blood sugar profiles of participants with normal magnesium levels. While magnesium supplementation shows promise, the ADA reports that additional research is needed before recommendations can be made.

For now, it's best to increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods, such as whole grains, nuts, legumes, and green leafy vegetables, to achieve normal levels.

(Reprinted with permission from Environmental Nutrition, a monthly publication of Belvoir Media Group, LLC. 800-829-5384.

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