Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Vitamin A: From Womb to Tomb

Friday, April 10, 2015

Today's Friday Pearl may sound a bit like claiming a favorite child, but vitamin A truly is one of my 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.It comes in two forms:...

Women at Higher Risk Than Men for Vision Problems

Friday, April 03, 2015

According to the recent Prevent Blindness publication entitled The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, women make up the majority of Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind. More women than men have age-related eye health problems and these numbers will only continue to increase in the years to come. Althoug...

Lifestyle Medicine & Treating the Cause

Friday, March 27, 2015

"Population-based research shows that people who eat well, exercise routinely, avoid tobacco, and control their weight have an 80 percent lower probability across their entire life span of developing any major chronic disease including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia, etc., than those who smoke, eat badly, don't exercise, and lose control of their weight. "Flip ...

New Resveratrol Science

Friday, March 20, 2015

Resveratrol, like salicylic acid from the bark of the willow tree (think aspirin), are phytoalexin and cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors produced naturally by plants to help make them disease resistant. Both plants produce these protective properties in response to various environmental stresses including pathogens and ultraviolet (UV) injury.

Age Related Ocular Changes

Friday, March 13, 2015

The purpose of this column is to inform our readers about published science that supports the role nutrients play in ocular health. However, we also feel strongly about using this space to occasionally remind our readers about the importance of regular eye exams by an eye care professional. Harvard Medical School published a booklet a few years ago called The Aging Eye. We believe it appro...

Nutritional Status: Balance, Falls & Fractures

Friday, February 13, 2015

Falls are the leading cause of death by injury in people over the age of 65. Falls can be caused by many factors including poor eyesight; loss of balance due to illness; physical condition, nutritional status, dehydration or side effects of prescription medications, and the aging process.

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