Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

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.”

Digestive Enzymes & Stomach Acid

Friday, October 02, 2015

Our digestive system doesn't absorb food, it absorbs nutrients that have been broken down into pieces from the food we eat.

Mitochondrial Science Awareness Week

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mitochondria are the organelles in energy-dependent cells, including those in ocular, brain, heart and muscle tissues. The British Society for Cell Biology suggested in one of their publications that they probably originated billions of years ago when a bacterial cell was engulfed when visiting what was to become a host cell. The bacterial cell was not...

Sugar: AMD, Alzheimer's and Type2 Diabetes

Friday, September 18, 2015

One of my favorite English journals called the New Scientist included a blockbuster story a couple of years ago that teased out the connection between increased Alzheimer’s risk and excessive sugar intake. This suggests that making a lifestyle choice to reduce sugar intake may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's.

Supplement Users Health Habits

Friday, September 11, 2015

A published review in the Nutrition Journal found that dietary supplement users take supplements as just one component of a larger effort to develop a healthier lifestyle. 

On Laboring For Our Health

Friday, September 04, 2015

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.  ​  —HippocratesThis Labor Day weekend we are celebrating renewed focus on the science that supports lifestyle medicine and the amount of personal labor required to maintain individual good health well into our 80s and 90s.

Metabolic Inertia, Muscle Fatigue & Acetylcaritine

Friday, August 28, 2015

An interesting study published in the July 2015 journal Cell Metabolism looked at exercise tolerance and the ability of working muscles to resynthesize energy-rich, mitochondria- produced adenosine triphosphate (ATP) at a rate that matches or even exceeds energy expenditure.

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