One of your most precious senses is your sight. More than the windows to your soul, your eyes are your gateway to our beautiful world. However, as you age, your eye health can suffer. In fact, your risk of developing eye problems such as glaucoma, dry eye, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts increases as the years go by. AMD and cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in adults. Studies show that older adults with vision problems are at higher risk for social and health problems, including depression, social isolation and accidents – all the more reason to take good care of your eyes. Did you know that lutein, as amazing as it is, isn’t the only eye nutrient?
Eyes are the Windows to Your Soul
— William Shakespeare
Focus on Prevention for Eye Health
Lifestyle choices and diet can increase your risk for future vision problems, especially AMD and cataracts. Making some simple lifestyle changes can cut this risk. So can shoring up on certain nutrients. Here’s the lowdown on how to protect those baby blues (or browns, greens or grays).
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Not!
To reduce your risk of AMD and cataracts:
- Avoid Smoking and Heavy Alcohol Consumption
- Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
- Wear UV-blocking Sunglasses
- Get Moving: Studies show that regular exercise can reduce the risk of AMD and cataracts.
In addition, schedule regular eye exams with a specialist to detect glaucoma, AMD and dry eye. A specialist can take corrective measures to help prevent serious problems.
Next, be proactive and take supplements targeting your personal eye health issues.
Nutrients for Hungry Eyes
It may surprise you but natural plant nutrients can help protect your eyes as they age. Lutein, carotenoids, maqui berry, astaxanthin, bilberry, pine bark, saffron, and more can help accomplish eye health goals. Life Extension’s innovative formulas are based on published studies.
Blue Light Protection
Getting enough eye-protective nutrients isn’t easy. Your eyes get a workout all day. Studies show that the nutrients lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin that protect against the sun’s UV rays can also guard your retina against electronic screen-emitting blue light. Your smartphone and tablet may be harming your eyes without you knowing it. Time to be proactive.
Eye Health and Night Vision
MacuGuard Ocular Support with Saffron and Astaxanthin combines plant extracts like lutein to support healthy vision. The proprietary blend includes phospholipids, marigold extract providing 10 mg lutein, and mixed carotenoids. Meso-zeaxanthin & trans-zeaxanthin provide nutritive support protecting the photoreceptor cells in the retina’s macula from light damage. This antioxidant blend is complete and leaves nothing out.
One softgel daily also provides saffron which helps support the lens and retina function from the effects of aging. Older eyes need this. A generous 6 mg of astaxanthin, an algae antioxidant, helps to optimize joint, immune, brain, cardiovascular, DNA and mitochondrial health. However, more to the point in this formula, it crosses the blood-eye barrier to support the eye’s vascular health. The phospholipids in the formula increase astaxanthin’s absorption into the bloodstream. Studies show astaxanthin promotes visual sharpness and eye health.
C3G (cyanidin-3-glucoside), a berry flavonoid helps support night vision and helps relieve eye fatigue. Are your eyes tired and sensitive to light?
Slow Eye Pressure Build-Up with Bilberry and Pine Bark
The eye is one of the most sensitive organs in the human body. Important to note, over time the fluid pressure inside the ocular chamber of your eye can increase. Eye Pressure Support with Mirtogenol® was developed to help inhibit this slow increase in fluid pressure.
Mirtogenol®, a powerful blend of ingredients that is already used in Europe, includes a special European bilberry plant extract and Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract.
In the meantime, know that the eye health formula supports healthy blood flow throughout the entire body, including the eyes. Especially important, it promotes eye pressure already within the normal range. In a groundbreaking 2010 study, these two extracts, bilberry and pine bark combined, induced up to a 24% reduction in already-healthy eye pressure.
Soothing Eye Drops
Bathe your tired, irritated eyes in lubricating eye drops several times a day to safely alleviate discomfort. LifeExtension’s Brite Eyes III formula contains two clinically validated, FDA-approved lubricants. Each box contains two individual sterile vials to keep it conveniently accessible at home or out and about.
The liquid drops contain the lubricant glycerin, plus N-acetyl-carnosine to help alleviate eye discomfort. Use the refreshing drops today, and every day, to help protect healthy eye structure and function from oxidative and glycation stresses that can accumulate with age.
Make More Tears
Computer and smartphone use, increasing age, and wearing contact lenses all increase the chances of experiencing eye discomfort, with all the wear and tear. Tear Support with MaquiBright® helps you keep your eyes feeling and looking their best.
The moisturizing eye supplement supports your body’s natural mechanisms to promote the production of your own natural tears. Make more tears and feel much better! Are you producing enough tears to avoid dry discomfort?
To be sure, maqui berry extract’s supply of compounds, called delphinidins, supports the eye’s natural defenses. In one study, healthy volunteers taking 60 mg of this extract daily experienced a 45% increase in tear production.
On balance, simple lifestyle changes and nutritional support can help you keep those beautiful eyes healthy throughout your life. SEE what your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond have in store for you, for the long run. To be sure, good outcomes from AMD, cataracts, eye fatigue, and blue light starts in the mind with healthy, early life choices.
To be sure, lutein isn’t the only vision care nutrient around!
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.