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FluidEssentials re-launches natural sleep aid containing tryptophan

BY Michael Johnsen

ESCONDIDO, Calif. FluidEssentials is reintroducing the dietary supplement tryptophan, a natural sleep aid, into the U.S. market after the ingredient was initially banned in 1989, the company announced earlier this week.

In 1989, Japanese manufacturer Showa Denko exported tryptophan containing a harmful contaminant, FluidEssentials stated in a press release. The contaminant caused severe health problems, resulting in an FDA ban on tryptophan imports into the United States that was lifted May 2005.

So now FluidEssentials has launched TotalSleep, a single packet drink mix containing tryptophan.

According to the company, tryptophan is an essential amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier and naturally produces the calming hormone serotonin, which is responsible for healthy sleep, mood regulation, stress reduction and overall well-being. As night falls, tryptophan converts to serotonin, and serotonin to melatonin, resulting in sleep.

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EyeScience releases eye health supplement line at CVS/pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio EyeScience Labs on Wednesday launched its advanced ocular nutrition line for age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome at CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.

EyeScience Macular Health Formula is a complete eye vitamin supplement specifically for AMD. Based on more than two decades of ocular research, EyeScience Macular Health Formula contains 14 clinically proven nutrients to support a healthy retina, the company stated, including omega-3, lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry, grape seed extract, selenium, L-glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.

EyeScience Dry Eye Formula is a clinically proven supplement that addresses the underlying causes of dry eye syndrome. Unlike conventional eye drops that work from the outside in for immediate and temporary relief, EyeScience Dry Eye Formula targets the root causes of dry eye symptoms internally. The formulation contains a proprietary blend of an omega-3 essential fatty acid, flaxseed oil, lactoferrin, magnesium and vitamins B-6, C and E.

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HHS says ginkgo biloba may not be effective in helping treat dementia

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday suggested that the dietary supplement ginkgo biloba is not able to prevent the disease state of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, through its HHS HealthBeat, a service launched in 2005 that provides health promotion and disease prevention tips five days a week in audio and text formats.

The Department cited a study of more than 3,000 people over the age of 75 who had normal thinking ability at the start who were either given a ginkgo supplement or a placebo. “The test results showed us that, under these circumstances, ginkgo don’t appear to have any effect of slowing down thinking changes in late life,” stated Steven DeKosky of the University of Virginia, who conducted the study while at the University of Pittsburgh.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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