Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

100 Years of Vitamins

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Journal of Nutrition published a fabulous paper in the June 2012 edition that celebrates the 100th birthday of the year the term vitamin was coined.

Supplement Label Claims

Thursday, May 24, 2012

In spite of peer-reviewed evidence suggesting over 90 percent of the US population suffers from nutritional deficiencies that contribute to degenerative diseases, current FDA law prevents micronutrient formulators from making science-based label, brochure, or web site claims suggesting that dietary supplements can prevent, treat or cure any disease. Last year, Americans spent around $200 billion on FDA approved prescription drugs, which are allowed to claim that they cure or safely managed disease processes, despite mounting clinical evidence to the contrary in many cases.

The Financial Burden of Eye Disease

Friday, May 11, 2012

The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that the current annual cost of vision impairment and degenerative eye disease to the United States private and public sector exceeds $68 billion. And this number does not fully quantify the impact of lost productivity, diminished quality of life, increased depression and accelerated mortality.

FDA and Dietary Supplements

Friday, May 04, 2012

Misconceptions, too often fueled by blatant misreporting by the main stream press, have led the public to believe that the dietary supplement industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  This is simply not true.

Steve Charles, MD Wins Sir Harold Ridley Innovator Award

Friday, April 27, 2012

Last night the eleventh Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity & Innovation in Medicine & Ophthalmology was presented to Steve Charles, MD in the Freeman Auditorium at the University of Tennessee Memphis, Hamilton Eye Institute.

Lutein & Computer Use

Friday, April 20, 2012

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that lutein supplementation improves contrast sensitivity in young people. This is important news to all of us who sit in front of a computer for too many hours a day.

Nutrition Science Passion

Friday, April 06, 2012

We are proud to announce the Biosyntrx sponsorship of the Ocular Nutrition Society Fellowship Program, which will be launched at  the April 14-15, 2012 St. Louis, MO joint nutrition science meeting of the Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS) and the university of Missouri School of Optometry.  

Dry Eye Symptoms & Visual Acuity

Friday, March 30, 2012

Symptomatic dry eye can result in a decreased ability to perform daily activities that have an impact on the quality of life.

Dietary Intake & March Madness

Friday, March 16, 2012

We normally focus on dietary intake and eye health, but today's column focuses on the growing amount of science that connects diet to mental health. The better the diet, the better the mental health of most people.

Vitamin E and Bone Health

Friday, March 09, 2012

A study published online in in the March, 2012 Nature Medicine and titled, Vitamin E decreases bone mass by stimulating osteoclast fusion, used a rodent model to demonstrate that mice, genetically altered to be deficient in Vitamin E α-tocopherol transfer protein, have a high bone mass as a result of decreased bone resorption.  Higher bone resorption leading to decreased bone mass was shown in normal mice that were not genetically altered to simulate vitamin E deficiency.

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