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What are tears made of?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
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The actual content of tears is a chemical cocktail of various hormones like estrogen and prolactin (same stuff that helps women breast feed offspring) and proteins. What's even more amazing is that the substance of tears actually differs depending on whether the tears are generated from emotions or simply for the purpose of lubricating dry eyes.

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