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Friday Pearls

Turkey Leftovers & L-Tryptophan.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy day after Thanksgiving! Turkey contains the essential amino acid, L-tryptophan. It's a precursor for serotonin, which aids sleep and anxiety and helps in the production of the B vitamin, niacin.

B Vitamin Outlier Study

Friday, November 20, 2009

A study published in the November issue of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggested that the incidence of cancer and mortality after treatment with folic acid and vitamin B12 was higher than expected.

Fish Oil Pros & Cons

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Rich relations give Crusts of bread and such You can help yourself But don't take too much. Mama may have, Papa may have, but God bless the child that's got his own."  Billy Holiday

Lipoic Acid Logic

Friday, October 30, 2009

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a highly effective, biologically available, and well-researched antioxidant more potent than vitamins C and E. It is found in both the fat and water soluble portions of human cells.

Dr. Loren Cordain on Diet & Evolution

Friday, October 09, 2009

I was fortunate enough to get permission from Loren Cordain, PhD, to use the following brilliant article on diet and evolution for this week's Friday Pearl readers.  

VEGF & B Vitamins

Friday, October 02, 2009

We are often asked why we include large amounts of B-vitamins in our multiples, Macula Complete and Oculair.  Today's column discusses one of the reasons.

Dry Eyes & Contact Lens

Friday, September 25, 2009

Studies suggest that the two primary symptoms associated with contact lens-related dry eye are itching and discomfort. Patient self-perception of dry eye during contact lens wear suggests that folks over the age of 40 think their eyes feel dry and too often ache when they wear contacts. This leads to discontinuation of lens wear.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine: The Mitochondria Rejuvenator

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mitochondria are tubular-shaped organelles found in the cytoplasm of every energy producing cell.  They absorb specific nutrients and break them down to create ATP energy.  This process is called cellular respiration.  Energy producing cells of the retina and brain can include thousands and thousands of mitochondria.  

Oliver Twist, Impact Factors & Tear Chemistry

Friday, August 28, 2009

The next time you feel tears coming and struggle to hold them back, think of Mr. Bumbles' lines from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Crying opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper. So cry away!

Tear Film Chemistry Outliers

Friday, August 21, 2009

An outlier is a statistical observation that is different in value from the others of the sample.   The tear film chemistry world lost another outlier last week. Jeffrey Gilbard, MD, died at the age of 55 from injuries suffered during a bicycle accident.  

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