Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

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.”

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...

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