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August 2006 Newsletter!
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Thoughts from Dr. Steelman
Are You Minding Your Bsssss?

    All stressed out and everywhere to go??? Are you a "Type A" personality on the road to a heart attack or some form of heart disease? If so, then you wouldn't be alone! Heart disease is one of the top killers of both men and women in the United States.

    What does this mean to you? Among various recommended guidelines to more healthy living is the recommendation of the American Heart Association to get adequate amounts of vitamins B6, B12, and Folic Acid. Studies with these vitamins show a strong correlation to helping maintain a healthy heart and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Not only that, but people who drink alcohol or take oral contraceptives should be especially careful to get enough folic acid: these substances interfere with the absorption of this vitamin.

     Some doctors and nutritionists suggest taking the B-complex vitamins as a group for overall good health. However, most agree that the best way to get our B vitamins is naturally -- through the foods we eat!

What are good sources of these B vitamins?
Examples of foods rich in vitamin B-6 include meats (chicken, turkey), bananas, avocadoes, fortified cereal, potatoes, and hazelnuts.

Vitamin B-12 is present in fortified cereals, beef, chicken, turkey, fish, egg, milk, and shellfish such as clams and crab.

Good food sources of Folic Acid include green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, soybeans, and wheat germ, but the vitamin is vulnerable to heat (i.e., cooking).

But what if we aren't eating right? Or have special conditions that require more of these important nutrients? At that point, most folks turn to some sort of daily supplementation in order to get the amounts that they need.    
  • "According to the Georgia State University Nutrition Dept., CNN Health Story Page - April 1998, older Americans need more B-vitamins -- Up to 30% of people who are over the age of 50 have lost the ability to absorb adequate amounts of vitamin B12 from meat or dairy products, and recommended that older Americans eat fortified cereal or grains or take a daily vitamin supplement to absorb enough.

     I don't know about you, but if I try to eat enough food to get enough of all my vitamins and minerals I would gain way too many pounds! Even if I cut out all sweets, fat-laden foods,etc; at my age it's simply too many calories for what my body really requires vs the amount of nutrients I need and actually absorb. So, under a doctor's care, good quality vitamin B supplementation is the next best answer for many folks.

     But not all vitamin Bs are created equal! Most B vitamins that you can buy over the counter give great benefit for a short while after they are first taken. However, what your body doesn't need at that very moment -is kicked out instead of being saved for later when you do need it. So, you still don't get the full benefits that you paid for in that vitamin pill.

     Thus, a time-released B vitamin is going to give your body more overall benefit to utilize as much of that vitamin pill that you're taking. And don't forget that quality counts too! There can be a big difference between the many over-the-counter products versus one made with the highest pharmaceutical grade ingredients. So choose carefully - your heart and the rest of your body will thank you for it!

And remember, you’re always worth it!
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recipe of the month

Pineapple Banana Pie

No need to be in Hawaii to enjoy this cool, summer treat!

Honey Graham Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (20 squares) 
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients. Press in bottom and up side of pie plate, 9x1-1/4 inches. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, cool.

1 can ( 8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, drained and juice reserved
1 pkg (4-serving size) pineapple-flavored sugar-free gelatin
2 cups ice cubes
1 container (8 oz) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
1 medium banana, thinly sliced
Fresh mint leaves or toasted coconut, if desired

1. Make Honey Graham Crust.

2. Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 2/3 cup. Heat juice mixture to boiling; pour over gelatin. Stir about 3 minutes until gelatin is dissolved. Add ice cubes. Stir constantly about 3 minutes or until gelatin is thickened. Remove any unmelted ice.

3. Stir whipped topping into gelatin mixture with wire whisk; beat until smooth. Fold in pineapple and banana. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or just until mixture mounds when dropped from a spoon.

4. Spread pineapple-banana mixture in crust. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm but no longer than 8 hours. Garnish with mint leaves if desired. Refrigerate any remaining pie.

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