Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Junk Food: Shrinking Brains & Excess Weight

Friday, December 11, 2015

An article recently published in BMC Medicine, the flagship medical journal of the BMC series, reported that older individuals who eat an unhealthy Western diet have smaller brains, which is further proof that junk food has a terrible impact on health and our ever-growing health care costs, yet our government does little to control subsidized agriculture and the high-calorie, nutrient-lacking foods on the supermarket shelf. According to government data, more  than two-thirds (69 percent) of U.S. adults are now overweight or obese.

Age Management: Nutrient Intake & Telomeres

Friday, December 04, 2015

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that the use of multivitamins may support the slowing down of biological aging in women. Would it be reasonable to suspect that multivitamins might support a similar process in men? [admin]A cross-sectional analysis, based on multivitamin use and dietary nu...

Gratitude Creates Better Health

Friday, November 27, 2015

A recent Healthline article reported that studies suggest people who regularly practice giving thanks are happier and healthier. "What if there was a solution to stress so simple that it involved nothing more than feeling thankful for the good things in your life? In fact, there is. That solution is called gratitude.

Science Supporting Carotenoid-based Interventions

Friday, November 20, 2015

A brilliant new 60-page paper guaranteed to hold the attention of anyone interested in the vast amount of science that supports xanthophyll carotenoids and macula health just become available online for download from the prestigious journal, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research.

Omega-3 Sustainability Thoughts

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ask any fish where they get their omega-3s. They will tell you that they metabolize omega-3 fatty acids from the algae they consume. The good news is that algae-based omega-3 EPA and DHA are now directly obtainable without the fish middleman and without further endangering delicate marine ecosystems.

Harvard School of Public Health & Lifestyle Medicine

Friday, November 06, 2015

Cutting-edge work on molecular mechanisms involved in the cellular response to oxidative stress was the focus of last week’s Harvard School of Public Health Annual Symposium. David Hunter, the acting dean suggested that the focus reflected the scho...

Food Sustainability & Politics

Friday, October 30, 2015

The October 9, 2015, issue of Science, the prestigious journal of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, reported that, for the first time, a February 2015 decision by the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended that food system sustainability become an integral part of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

Dietary Supplement-Related Emergency Department Visits

Friday, October 23, 2015

Today’s Friday Pearl addresses a media-sensationalized study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study looked at dietary-supplement adverse events recorded by 63 hospital emergency departments over a ten-year period between 2004 and 2013. It was conducted by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA, who also reported in the study that more than half of the US population uses dietary supplements.

The Antioxidant Value of Grape Seed Extract

Friday, October 16, 2015

Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory member of the specific flavonoid group called proanthocyanidins. While grape seed extract demonstrates specific benefits of its own, its primary contribution to an antioxidant compound would have to be its ability to support other antioxidants, thereby enhancing their potential.

Carotenoids & JAMA Ophthalmology

Friday, October 09, 2015

A prospective study announcement was released yesterday morning (October 8, 2015) by JAMA Ophthalmology titled “Higher intake of bioavailable lutein and zeaxanthin is associated with a long-term reduced risk of advanced AMD.”

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