Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Berries, Autophagy & Neuroprotection

Friday, June 14, 2019

Urolithin is a metabolite produced in the gut from dietary ellagic acid, a polyphenol abundant in strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and walnuts. It has been repeatedly suggested to help prevent ​neurodegeneration—but before you start proactively gorging on berries and pomegranates to protect memory, understand that the metabolite, urolithin A (UA), the biochemical ​compound resulting from the transformation of ellagic acid by the gut bacteria, decreases with age due to microbial imbalances in the gut.

Microplastics & Human Health

Friday, June 07, 2019

There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?  ~Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967). Who knew that ‘great’ would be such an understatement?   "Since World War II, the production and use of plastics have increased exponentially and become part of everyday life. Plastics are found in food wrappings, beverage containers, toys, cars, and cosmetics. The ubiquitous presence of plastics in our lives makes them essentially unnoticed, unrecognized, and forgotten. And this is exactly why we all need to start thinking about them with more deliberate attention.

Oxidative Stress Shortens Telomeres

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thank you Buck Institute for Research on Aging for getting this EurekAlert information out shortly after publication:  A new study from the University of Pittsburgh, published May 14, 2019 in Molecular Cell, provides the first smoking gun evidence that oxidative stress acts directly on telomeres to hasten cellular aging.

The Health and Opportunity Benefits of Embracing Aging

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones—at every age.     ~I.M. Pei​Biosyntrx has always supported passionate age management, rather than the concept of antiaging. We went one step further with an audacious attitude. We became major supporters of the Pro-Aging Movement.

Proactive About Brain Health

Friday, May 17, 2019

Introducing Dr. Mark Hyman to our Friday Pearl readers who might not have yet discovered his brilliant articles, podcasts, and interviews."I don’t just want to live a long life, I want to live a long, healthy, present life. That’s why I’m so passionate about taking proactive measures to support a healthy brain before alarming symptoms like memory-loss occur.

Think Tanks & Impact

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Aspen Institute is an international, nonprofit think tank founded in 1949 as the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.The 2019 annual Ideas Festival will take place from June 20 through June 29 on the Aspen Colorado campus. The Health segment opens on June 20 this year.

Mom and Mitochondrial DNA Science

Friday, May 03, 2019

On the first Friday of May 2019, with Mother's Day almost here, we celebrate ever-growing awareness with a mitochondria science refresher. Mitochondria are the organelles in energy-dependent cells, including those in ocular, brain, heart, and muscle tissues.Mitochondrial DNA is only inherited through the maternal line. Any mitochondrial DNA contributed by the father is actively destroyed by programmed cell death after a sperm fuses with an egg. This interesting situation has provided genetics and anthropologists with a useful analytical and measuring tool.

Zinc Deficiency and The World Health Organization

Friday, April 26, 2019

Zinc deficiency was first described in humans in the early 1960s in people consuming plant-based diets. Since then, tremendous advances have been made both in our basic and clinical understand of zinc metabolism, and we now understand that zinc is used in ​more than 300 enzymatic reactions and multiple biochemical structural processes in the body.​

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.

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