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Buyer's Guide: The best eye health products

Even people with perfect vision typically need reading glasses sometime after age 40. Fortunately, certain nutrients have been shown to play a role in protecting and preserving vision and eye health. Here are our suggestions on nourishing the eyes to slow or prevent problems.

 

Lutein

Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of eye deterioration. Lutein is a naturally-occurring antioxidant carotenoid found in large concentrations in the eye. Lutein is a carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables like leafy greens. Marigold flower petals naturally contain high amounts of lutein.

Studies show that lutein is an important component of visual function and healthy vision depends on good nutrition.* Research shows that lutein intake through diet and supplementation correlates directly to the amount of lutein found in the macula of the eye.*

In the body, lutein is concentrated in the macula, a part of the retina associated with the center of the visual field. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in adults.*

Lutein in the macula protects the eyes by blocking harmful blue light rays.* Exposure to high-energy blue light has side effects. Did you know the average American spends over 10 hours a day viewing screens? With the increasing use of smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers, researchers are noticing troublesome links between exposure to artificial light (especially at night) and both reduced sleep quality and diminished alertness during the day.

Eye fatigue, eye strain, and headaches are also associated with excessive exposure to high-energy, short-wavelength (blue) light produced from these devices.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are yellow-orange macular carotenoids that are known to increase Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) and act as blue light filters that protect against photo-oxidation in the macula of the eye.

Supplemental lutein is available as a single-ingredient product like NOW Foods Lutein 10 mg

However, it is more commonly combined with other important nutrients like Lindberg Lutein 25 mg Plus Zeaxanthin 5 mg and Lindberg Complete Eye Support with Lutein

Eye Support with Lutein provides the carotenoids that are found in the macula of the eye: lutein, zeaxanthin and mesozeaxanthin.* They help by filtering out potentially damaging blue light.* Also added is astaxanthin which helps fight eye fatigue.* Bilberry and grape seed extract support the retina and visual acuity.*

 

Astaxanthin

This red carotenoid from microalgae is what gives salmon, krill and lobster their pink-red color. Astaxanthin is a naturally-occurring carotenoid that is able to cross the blood-brain and blood-retina barriers. Because of its unique structure,

Astaxanthin provides a wide range of antioxidant support benefits. Clinical studies show Astaxanthin may support eye and joint health, skin health during exposure to sunlight and may promote recovery after exercise.*  Lindberg Astaxanthin 12 mg contains per softgel. 

 

Bilberry

Like their close relative's blueberries, bilberries are a source of potent antioxidant supporting flavonoids that have protective benefits for the eyes. Like lutein, supplemental bilberry is sold as a single ingredient like Lindberg Bilberry Extract but it is more commonly combined with other eye nutrients, like in the Lindberg Ultimate Eye Formula.

 

 

Vitamin A

How is your night vision? Does it take a long time to adjust to the light when you first walk into a movie theater? Maybe it’s time to check your vitamin A intake. Vitamin A is needed to produce the pigment rhodopsin, which helps you see in low-light conditions. Not only does it play an important role in protecting eye health and good vision, it has other benefits including positive effects on the immune system and skin health.*

Lindberg Vitamin A 10,000 IU capsules from fish liver oil provide the active form of vitamin A. Your body can also convert beta-carotene into vitamin A on an as-needed basis.

 

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