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About The Creator Of Lumega-Z: Sheldon Saul Hendler, M.D., Ph.D.
Guardion Health Sciences

The original formula for Lumega-Z was created by Dr. Sheldon “Shelly” Saul Hendler in 2009. The late Dr. Hendler was a brilliant biochemist, physician, educator, lecturer and nutritional specialist who was passionate about the role nutrients play in health, wellness, disease and aging. He used his in-depth knowledge of biochemistry, and his experience treating many patients in his practice over the years, to address mysteries of human metabolism to improve therapeutic options in patient care. In fact, during his career, Dr. Hendler was considered one of the foremost authorities on micro-nutrition, human physiology and the impact of diet and lifestyle on health.

Dr. Hendler’s legacy lives on through Lumega-Z, which is the only vision-specific medical food that meets the FDA requirements for replenishment and restoration of the macular pigment.

Educational Background

Dr. Hendler was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. He received his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry from Columbia University. While doing research for his Ph.D., Dr. Hendler made influential discoveries on the structure of the nucleosome and contributed to the development of some of the first antiviral drugs.

Dr. Hendler completed post-doctoral training at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.. He helped to establish the medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana, and chaired their first department of biochemistry.

Thereafter, Dr. Hendler returned to La Jolla to complete his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and his subsequent residency at Mercy Hospital.

Later in his career, Dr. Hendler returned to UCSD as a clinical professor of medicine.

Work And Research

Dr. Hendler was an attending physician at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and conducted research on degenerative disorders associated with aging.

During the early phases of the AIDS health crisis, Dr. Hendler had one of the largest AIDS practices in California and developed special approaches to treating the HIV infection. He served on the board of the San Diego Community Research Group.

Dr. Hendler is also credited with coming up with the world’s first description and biochemical characterization of a rare new human disease called Elastoderma, a tissue disorder characterized by localized, increased skin laxity. He and his colleagues described the disease in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1985.

Dr. Hendler sat on the scientific advisory boards of Archer Daniels Midland, the Pharmacy Nutrition Advisory Board of the AARP and the U.S. Olympic Science and Nutrition Subcommittee.


Dr. Hendler published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on biochemistry and medical topics. His works include The Doctor’s Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia, The Complete Guide to Anti-Aging Nutrients and The PDR for Nutritional Supplements.

Dr. Hendler was the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Medicinal Food.

Musical Achievements

In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Hendler was a remarkable musician and jazz trumpet player. He composed the original musical score for the 1973 television series, “The Ascent of Man,” by Jacob Bronowski.

Learn More About Lumega-Z

For more information about the Lumega-Z formula and how it can help reduce your risk of vision loss to age-related macular degeneration, please contact Guardion Health Sciences today.