Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Universial Antioxidant to the Rescue

Friday, July 22, 2016

We were beyond intrigued with the impressive results reported in Ophthalmology Times on an early, well-tolerated phase II lipoic acid-based "anti-crosslinking" proof-of-concept eye drop study that found an improvement in lens elasticity and near vision. 

Our Aging Eyes

Friday, July 15, 2016

The purpose of our Friday Pearl column has always been to primarily discuss nutrition science as it relates to eye and body health, and to remind our readers about the importance of regular eye exams by an eye care professional.

The Surgeon General on Lifestyles and Emotional Well-Being

Friday, July 01, 2016

Our US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD, clearly speaks to the values and mission of Biosyntrx in this week's Aspen Institute Ideas Festival since we, too, focus on nutritional deficiencies, fitness, environmental issues, relationships, science, art, music and humanities—all vitally important parts of emotional well-being.

Sun, Skin and Carotenoids

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere. Given the ever-growing intensity of the sun, it's a good time to address the science-based role dietary intake and supplements can play in sun protection.

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.

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