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Supplement Brands Not All Equal

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Some brands of vitamins, herbs and food supplements do not contain exactly what they advertise. It has been this way for at least 30 years that I know of, and it has probably been this way much longer than that. Unfortunately, it appears we will continue to have supplements on the market that do not contain exactly what they advertise.

Pointing this out was one of my main objectives when I wrote this Glucosamine article. However, some readers felt that article was biased in favor of one particular brand. The reason I named a specific brand that works well is because I tried many brands that do not work at all. The brand of supplement you purchase can make all the difference. Below is another example.

About two weeks ago ConsumerLab.com updated its review of garlic supplements. They found that almost half of all the garlic supplements they tested failed their test (subscription). Here is a summary of what they found.

Melatonin, Glaucoma and Intraocular Pressure: Initial IOP Results

Like most people, my intraocular pressure (IOP) is lowest at night. This is also when natural levels of melatonin are near their high in the circadian cycle. My IOP is highest in the morning when melatonin is low. There seems to be a correlation between my IOP and melatonin. Recognizing that relationship lead me to have a discussion with my physician.

My physician agreed to carefully monitor my IOP while I try melatonin. I'll tell you how the results of the first day turned out. But first, let me tell you what I know about melatonin and glaucoma.

Eat Fat Lose Fat

A reader's comment on my prior post about ghee and cholesterol prompted this article.

First I want to thank Kai for leaving that comment. Kai recommends, "a new book out from Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon, entiled EAT FAT, LOSE FAT, Plume, ISBN: 0-452-28566-6."

I have not read Eat Fat Lose Fat (EFLF). I would like to obtain a list of the book's references and read the studies directly. I think that would be very worthwhile. If anyone can provide me with those references, please contact me.

Kale Recipe - Updated

In a prior article, I suggested that kale should become one of our favorite foods because of its extremely high nutrient density. Kale is especially rich in nutrients that are good for vision, cancer prevention and more.

I also presented my first attempt at a recipe that would make kale taste good enough to eat on a regular basis. I don't think that recipe quite achieved my goal, so I came up with a second version, thanks in part to Route 79. (I altered my recipe with ideas I got from their recipe.)

My criteria remain the same as those I stated in the prior article. The dish must taste good and be easy to cook, while also being super healthy.

As I said in the first recipe, I am still undecided on which type of sugar to use. You can read my note there about why I included a little sugar in this recipe even though I don't normally eat any added sugar of any type. If you are curious about the garlic or ginger, read my notes there as well.

The Future of Food

This is an educational film. It is worth seeing. It won't make you happy, but it will make you informed. No one can afford to be uninformed on this topic. As you will understand when you watch the film, it doesn't matter where you live or how far away you are from civilization, you need to be informed about the issues discussed in The Future of Food. Please watch the DVD.

Let me try to put the importance of this film into perspective. I probably can't do it justice, but I'll try.

Ocufors - Is it Ayurvedic?

Yesterday I wrote about the news that Ocufors, a plant-based pharmaceutical product for glaucoma, had received regulatory approval from India's equivalent of the US FDA (the Drugs Controller General of India - DCGI).

Ocufors is a natural, plant-derived product that has been found to be 30% more effective at reducing intraocular pressure than existing glaucoma drugs, according to its manufacturer.

I have been following the story of the herb behind Ocufors for a few years. And I have been hoping to see a product like Ocufors come to market.

As a quick aside, I want to comment on the product name. It may be obvious, but Ocufors is a combination of "Ocu" for ocular and "fors" for forskolin, which is the active ingredient extracted from the herb.

As reported by Red Herring, there are two companies involved. The US patent is held by Sami Labs of Bangalore, India. According to Red Herring, Sabina , a US-based company, owns Sami Labs.