Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

On the Health Benefits of Synergy

Friday, April 19, 2019

As we all know, no one person can fix all problems, no country nor company can be successful without expertise and encouraging input and commitment from a team of dedicated and passionate employees and advisors—and no one nutrient can fix our bodies, because the whole continues to be far greater than just the sum of its individual parts.

Homocysteine Science Update

Friday, April 12, 2019

Homocysteine is an amino acid intermediate in the production of two other amino acids, methionine and cysteine. Although homocysteine is naturally present in our bodies, too much homocysteine in the blood has been thought to affect cardiovascular health, which is where the research focused for years.

The Omega Principle

Friday, April 05, 2019

Today we feature reader reviews on Paul Greenberg's 2018 book, The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet. "It's a rousing environmental manifesto on the shifting tides of geopolitical power and the harvesting of tiny fish for excessive omega-3 supplementation, which is leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans." 

Pre- and Probiotics for Eye, Brain, and Body Health

Friday, March 22, 2019

An article published April, 2019, in Current Nutrition Reports got our attention. It's titled "Prebiotic Intake in Older Adults: Effects on Brain Function and Behavior." The article suggests that current science-based evidence generally supports the ability of prebiotics to increase beneficial gut bacteria concentrations on endocrine, immunologic, and neuronal communication.

Dirty Air Contributes to Disease Disproportionately

Friday, March 15, 2019

Poor air quality remains the largest environmental health risk in the United States. More people die from air pollution than car crashes and murders combined, according to a new study titled,"Inequity in consumption of goods and services adds to racial-ethnic disparities in air pollution exposure." It was published online ahead of the March 19, 2019, print date for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).It, sadly points out that black and Hispanic minorities bear a disproportionate burden of air quality related disease.Environmental epidemiologist Douglas Dockery, ScD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, also told WebMD last year, It's now clear that fine-particle air pollutants pose a risk to health, and the scientific evidence supporting tighter restrictions, on fine-particle pollution levels are now overwhelming. Even though minorities are contributing less to the overall problem of air pollution they are affected by it more."​A study published in the May 2018 issue of Environmental Health used high-resolution mapping of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) with Google street-view cars and incidence of cardiovascular events within neighborhoods in Oakland, CA. The study conclusions clearly suggest that street-level differences in long-term exposure to TRAP are associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events among the elderly, indicating that within-neighborhood differences in TRAP are important to heart health.

Spring's Dry, Itchy Eyes Can Hang Us Up the Most

Friday, March 08, 2019

Even though snow is still falling, and old man winter has been a gracious host, we decided to get an early jump on spring allergy season and dry, itchy, gritty eyes, since ongoing climate changes seem to now move us from winter to spring in the blink of an eye.

Free Radicals, Antioxidants, and Oxidative Stress

Friday, March 01, 2019

A recent in-depth discussion with an ophthalmologist / biochemist friend on the vast number of oxidative stress articles published by the National Library of Medicine spurred today's Friday Pearl on oxidative stress, environmental pollution, and nutrient intake.

Thiamine, Alchohol Intake, Brain Health

Friday, February 22, 2019

A deficiency in the essential nutrient thiamine resulting from chronic alcohol consumption is one of the factors linked to brain damage. Thiamine is a helper molecule (cofactor) required by three enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism.

Overwhelming Sadness, Nourishment and Healthspan

Friday, February 15, 2019

Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and varying degrees of overwhelming sadness, even though most people understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness.

On Using What We Already Know

Friday, February 08, 2019

Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger. ~Mehmet Oz, MD.According to David Katz, MD, MPH, past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, "Believe it or not, what we know about health promotion, disease prevention, sustainable weight control, and lifestyle as medicine is enough to prevent 80 percent of all chronic disease and premature death.

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