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Friday Pearls

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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