Friday, January 11, 2008
The gold standard for research in the dietary supplement industry is the human clinical trial, and several have now been completed on the immune system modulator, EpiCor. The two new trials described in today’s Friday Pearl are in various stages of manuscript preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein present in human milk and is secreted into tears by the lacrimal gland. It has several functions, including antiinflammatory effects and promotion of cell growth, DNA synthesis, and antiangiogenic and antitumoral properties.
Friday, December 28, 2007
The state-of-the-art Biosyntrx manufacturing facility, Vitamin Research Products (VRP) in Carson City, Nevada, was awarded NSF certification on December 19, 2007. NSF is recognized around the globe for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences.
Friday, December 21, 2007
"Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages." Louis PasteurResearch from Johns Hopkins University suggests that a glass or two of red wine every day may help protect the brain from stroke damage. The research, led by Sylvain Dore, PhD, was presented at a conference of the Society for Neuroscience.
Friday, December 14, 2007
James Tielsch, PhD, one of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presenters at this years Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans, suggested that the annual economic impact of eye care in the United States is estimated at 51 billion dollars, not counting the cost of refraction correction.
Friday, December 07, 2007
The Center for Science in the Public Interest requested on December 5th that the Food and Drug Administration take enforcement actions against manufacturers of dietary supplements containing more than 5,000 IUs of synthetic beta carotene (a precursor of vitamin A) unless the labels of such products contain a statement warning consumers (think dietary supplement black box) that beta carotene may cause lung cancer in smokers.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Praising food, drink, family, friends, and electronics was a normal happening around many Thanksgiving tables yesterday. My seven-year-old grandson decided, after much serious thought, that he was the most thankful for water.
Friday, November 16, 2007
A study published in the November 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests an increased risk of long-term incident cortical cataract in the study participants who consumed diets that included high glycemic carbohydrates over a ten year period.
Friday, November 09, 2007
It seems important to continue last week’s defense of Vitamin E supplementation by introducing our readers to a particularly important study published in the Vascular Medicine section of the September 2007 Journal of the American Heart Association.
Friday, November 02, 2007
We take calls almost daily from patients whose doctors are still telling them that the Vitamin E meta-analysis published two years ago is every reason for them not to take a full-spectrum multiple that includes 300 IUs of natural Vitamin E. Unfortunately, the meta-analysis did not include a number of statistically significient natural vitamin E studies that would have dramatically changed the analysis conclusion.