Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Why We Love Vitamin A

Friday, June 17, 2016

Today's Friday Pearl may sound a bit like claiming a favorite child, but vitamin A truly is one of our most favorite vitamins. It’s the essential, fat-soluble nutrient that the body stores mostly in the liver to be released into the blood stream whenever needed. The human body cannot make vitamin A—we can only obtain it from external sources.

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.

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