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

CLA supplements may not be worth it

By Environmental Nutrition Newsletter

There are more questions than answers over impact. Learn the issues | Q. Do conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements offer benefits?

A. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), found naturally in meat and milk, is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that's growing in popularity as a dietary supplement. Some supplement manufacturers make exuberant claims that CLA can help you lose weight, build muscle, and even fight diseases such as cancer and diabetes. However, the scientific evidence on this fatty acid is not so clear cut.

Here are some current areas of CLA research:

1. Body fat. Some studies have found that CLA supplementation can reduce body fat in overweight people, while other studies have found no improvement in body composition. A 2012 study published in Nutrition found that among 80 overweight and obese Chinese subjects, two daily doses of CLA (1.7 grams each) for 12 weeks reduced body fat by 2 percent, though cholesterol levels worsened slightly.


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2. Heart disease. Some research supports that CLA can reduce the development of atherosclerosis--the formation of plaque in the arteries that leads to heart disease--by lowering levels of blood lipids, but a 2010 clinical trial did not find any anti-atherosclerotic effects from CLA treatment in overweight or obese participants.

3. Cancer. In test tube and animal studies, CLA seems to inhibit cancer cells, and high dietary CLA intake has been linked with lower risk of colorectal and breast cancer in women, but these results are preliminary.

4. Diabetes. CLA may improve fasting blood glucose, because of such factors as improvement in the body's response to insulin, body composition, and levels of the hormone leptin, which can influence appetite. But some studies have found that some forms of CLA supplements may worsen blood glucose control.

5. CLA and bone health. High dietary intake of CLA has been linked with improved bone mass, due to decreased fat levels in the body, but the research has been inconsistent in this area, possibly due to various levels of calcium intake.

There are more questions than answers over the impact of CLA on health. In fact, a 2011 review examining the evidence on CLA published in Nutrition Research Reviews concluded that almost all of the promising research has been in animal and test tube models; of human studies the only evidence that is broadly consistent is CLA's modest effect on body fat.

Several safety concerns have arisen, including possible pro-diabetic effects, increased size of liver and spleen, gastrointestinal upset, and altered nutritional value of breast milk in lactating women. For now, our best advice is to consume CLA as a part of your diet in meat and dairy products, but think twice about taking supplements. If you still feel a need to take them, first consult your health care provider to discuss whether they offer benefits for you.

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

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