I find it very fascinating that a medical world dominated by pharmaceutical drugs has only endorsed vitamin D as a supplement, whereas in the field of ophthalmology, not dominated by the Pharmaceutical Industry, advances in nutrition have progressed much further.
D. Max Snodderly, Ph.D., head of the laboratory at The Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School has this to say about eye health:
“The traditional thinking is that as age increases, visual sensitivity decreases. But what we are saying is, maybe that’s not inevitable. Improved nutrition could help to retard the loss of visual sensitivity with age. Perhaps the gradual loss of vision in many older people is not an inevitable consequence of the aging process.”
In fact, researchers have found that certain eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome or macular degeneration may be slowed or prevented altogether by certain vitamins and minerals.
If you have been taking our Daily Essential Nutrients, called the Total Health Pack, you have been taking the basics for healthy eyesight (as well as many other health benefits).
The following nutrients are all contained in the Total Health Pack and the information is all supported by research and clinical studies.
Vitamin A helps improves night vision and reduces the risks of cataracts.
Note: There is 5,000 IU Vitamin A in each Total Health Pack.
Vitamin C slows down the progression of macular degeneration when taken in combination with other antioxidants (like vitamin A and E). Vitamin C also lowers the risk of cataracts and may impact the development of glaucoma.
Note: There is 900 mg of calcium ascorbate and 180 mg of bioflavonoids in each Total Health Pack.
Vitamin D3: As of January 2012, the research on vitamin D3 has only been done on mice, but the results are still promising. The researchers found that vitamin D helped in the reduction of potentially damaging cells (macrophages). These cells have been linked to inflammation which is something that you do not want to take place in your eyes.
Researchers also saw a decrease in the amount of toxic molecule (amyloid beta) deposits. The deposits of this molecule will collect in your system as you age.
Together these findings are very encouraging because when these two factors come together they are the main cause for age related macular degeneration (AMD).
Given that we have so much data on how vitamin D3 helps us with so many other health issues, isn’t it encouraging that our daily dosage is also helping the health of our eyes?
Note: There is 500 IU of Vitamin D in each Total Health Pack.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that slows the progression of macular degeneration and protects against cataracts when taken with other antioxidants like vitamin C and lutein (more on lutein later).
Note: There is 400 IU of d’alpha tocopherol vitamin E in each Total Health Pack.
Zinc helps decrease the risk of night blindness and the development of macular degeneration. It also slows down the progression of cataracts.
Note: There is 5mg of Zinc in each Total Health Pack.
Selenium in combination with antioxidants like vitamins A and C, works to decrease the risk of macular degeneration.
Note: There is 50 mcg Selenium in each Total Health Pack.
Omega-3 fatty acids have a protective effect against advanced macular degeneration (AMD). Omega-3 fats will also benefit eye health because of its anti-inflammatory effects
Note: There is 180 EPA:120 DHA Omega 3’s in each Total Health Pack.
HERBS FOR YOUR EYES
Carotenoids are phytochemicals (chemicals found in plants) commonly found in certain fruits and vegetables that provide the red, orange and yellow colors of these foods. Two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found primarily in broccoli, corn, squash and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.
The highest accumulation of lutein and zeaxanthin in the body is in the eye. They are concentrated in the central region of the retina, in a spot known as the macula lutea, or yellow spot. The macula helps produce the sharp central vision needed for activities like reading, sewing and driving.
**The retina is the layer of cells in the back of the eyes responsible for detecting light, which in turn allows you to see.
Therefore, increasing the concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin in your eyes may prevent the devastating vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that easily crosses into the tissues of the eye and exerts its effects safely and with potentially more potency than lutein and zeaxanthin.
Astaxanthin has been found to have protective benefits against several eye-related problems, including: cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, cystoids macula edema, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal arterial occlusion, venous occlusion and inflammatory eye diseases such as retinitis, iritis, keratitis and scleritis.
There are only two main sources of astaxanthin: the microalgae that produce it, and the sea creatures that consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish, and krill).
Ginkgo biloba has been shown to slow down vision loss.
Antioxidants from Bilberry and Black Currant
The most noted water-soluble antioxidants for the eye are found in black currant and bilberry. They are important for eye health because they are soluble in the thick watery substance filling the space between the lens and the cornea. This substance (the aqueous humor) maintains the intraocular pressure, provides nutrition for other ocular tissues and serves to transport antioxidants.
Our Eye Formula
By taking the Total Health Pack daily (or equivalent) you are getting all the nutrients required to keep your eyes healthy.
Symptoms such as dry eyes, scaly/dry eyelids, poor night vision, trouble adjusting to darkness, rough/dry/scaly prematurely aging skin, sties in your eyes, or warts, indicate that you may need additional Vitamin A.
Loss of smell/taste, slow cut/wound healing, catching infections easily, thinning hair, acne, dermatitis, or dandruff can indicate a need for additional Zinc. Please go HERE to read the informative article on Vitamin A and Zinc at www.BrendaEastwood.com
If you are in front of a computer all day long or find that you are already challenged with eye health issue, you might want to consider adding our eye formula to your daily regime.
We have found an eye formula that contains all the powerhouse herbs and more. When compared to other eye formulas on the market, ours always contains the higher amounts of the key ingredients. This product can be found HERE.
For those of you who don’t need treatment for your eyes, but want to add some protection, you could take the eye formula every other month.
The information made available in this article is provided for educational or reference purposes only. Nutritional Therapy and/or Coaching is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care.
Copyright Brenda Eastwood 2018 – “Keep Your Eyesight”.
Would you like to use this article in your E-zine or website? You may, if you include this complete write-up with it: Brenda Eastwood is a holistic health expert who specializes in Women’s Health Issues. Her expertise stems from over 35 years’ experience as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner. This includes ongoing research, 17 years running a successful private practice, presenting hundreds of seminars and workshops, as well as coaching clients through her unique online Inner Circle program. Today she can reach out to even more women through her Facebook posts and her book “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones”.