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Confused About Carotenoids?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Epidemiological studies demonstrate that a high dietary intake of specific carotenoids may offer protection against disease, including age-related diseases of the eye, cardiovascular system and brain.

Taurine: Healthy Aging Support

Friday, June 03, 2016

It’s scientifically proven that groups of people with long life spans consume higher amounts of the conditional amino acid, taurine, than those who consume very little.

The Mother of All Multitasking Nutrients

Friday, May 27, 2016

If we assigned a gender to nutrients, the water and fat soluble nutrient, alpha lipoic acid (LA) would be the multitasking mother of them all. She has the ability to focus on a target like a sharp shooter and neutralize free radicals and oxidative stress while also being absorbed and transported into multiple organs and body systems at the same time including the eye, brain, liver and nerves, just to name a few. 

Ocular Surface Mucins: Then and Now

Friday, May 20, 2016

We started writing tear film mucin Friday Pearls back in 2004, as seen in the one below titled “MUC4 Does Not Mean the Speed of Sound.” We included that 2004 Friday Pearl in today's Pearl, plus information from an interesting new article in The Ocular Surface by Anna Ablamowicz, OD, and Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, from the School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham. It's titled "Ocular Surface Membrane-Associated Mucins."

Nutrient Detox Process

Friday, May 13, 2016

Therapeutic nutritional supplements can exert a powerful influence on the body by accelerating the processes of detoxification and regeneration.  This can sometimes make us feel worse before we feel better.

Pro-Aging, Dry Eye & Physical Activity

Friday, May 06, 2016

A study conducted in the Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine,Tokyo, Japan on physical activity effects on dry eyes was published in the Journal of Ophthalmology.

Pro-Aging: Do We Reconsider Fish Oil?

Friday, April 29, 2016

A vast amount of research suggests that eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for our eyes and brain. But when it comes to staving off eye problems and cognitive decline in seniors, omega-3 fish oil supplements don't seem to be working all that well, according to an NPR interview with Emily Chew, PhD, deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute and chief investigator of the AREDS-2 study.

Curcumin: A Spice for Life

Friday, April 22, 2016

Today’s Friday Pearl addresses curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric root (Curcuma longa) and the ever-growing scientific information now suggesting multitargeted therapy may prove to be better than monotargeted prescription drug therapy for a number of health problems.

Too Much Water?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Aquaholic: Addicted to water. A person that is always drinking water and keeps a bottle of water on their person, or very close by, at all times.  Although there was not much science to support drinking the long-recommended eight glasses of water a day (64 ounces), there is even less for drinking more if we are not exercising, working or spending t...

Rethinking the Word "Blind"

Friday, April 08, 2016

People with age-related macular degeneration were pleased and relieved to see the word blind on its way out as a description of their visual condition.

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