The Best Supplements for Optimal Eye Health

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The Best Supplements for Optimal Eye Health

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Best Supplements for Optimal Eye Health

Whether you are reading this with glasses or not, it’s never too early to start taking care of your eyes. Taking the right eye supplements right now can help prevent dangerous illnesses in the future, including those that could lead to permanent loss of vision.

Over 150 million Americans use glasses or contacts to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness. Vision related problems get more serious as one gets older. For people aged 40 and above vision-related diseases such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma are quite common.

Can Taking Eye Supplements Help?

There have been a plenty of studies that suggest that having a diet that is rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E, zinc or carotenoids such as beta-carotene or lutein is the best prevention against eye disease.

Eye supplements are beta-carotene, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E and lutein supplements that are available as ready-to-take tablets, capsules or powders. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and are essential for the health of the eyes.

It is important to take these supplements as the typical Western diet does not contain what is necessary for the health of the eyes. The processes foods that most of us have lack antioxidants such as vitamins and minerals that are so important for the eyes. Absence of these antioxidants in our diet leads to the growth of free radicals, which eventually affect the vision.

That’s why it is so important to take eye supplements regularly. Here are some of the best supplements for eye health.

  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and Zeaxanthin supplements are recommended to those suffering from vision-related problems. They are both carotenoids, or yellow to red pigments that are found in several plants. Cooked spinach is the best natural source of lutein and zeaxanthin. They are found in the macula of the human eye and give it its yellowish color.  Lutein and zeaxanthin block blue light from reaching the inner retina, and so reduce the risk of oxidative damage due to direct exposure to sunlight, which can lead to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

  • Vitamins C

Vitamins C is one of the best antioxidants in nature and reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by about 25%. It is one of the most popular eye supplements and is also used to treat or prevent cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. For best effect, Vitamin C should be taken along with other antioxidants such as vitamins E, beta carotene and zinc.

  • Saffron for Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious eye disease that affects over 13 million Americans, and is more common than both glaucoma and cataracts. It is considered to be irreversible and eventually leads to blindness. Individuals over the age of 55 are most at risk because of this. Saffron is a spice grown in India that is known to be one of the best natural cures for AMD. It is a bright yellow colored spice with a distinctive flavor. Saffron is rich in antioxidant carotenoids such as crocin and crocetin. It is also very rare and very expensive. The best way to take saffron for eye health is through saffron supplements. Studies have shown that taking 20 mg of saffron supplements a day for three months causes a substantial improvement to the vision of patients suffering from AMD.

  • Vitamin A and Beta Carotene

Vitamin A is known to have several health benefits. It builds a stronger immune system, is good for the skin, keeps the retina of the eyes healthy and produces tears that keep the eyes moist. Vitamin A is naturally present in carrots, spinach, apricots, sweet potatoes and other healthy fruits and vegetables. 

Beta carotene is a carotenoid which acts as a precursor to vitamin A, which means it is converted into vitamin A once it enters the body. Taking beta carotene supplements ensures that you get your supply of Vitamin A, which is so essential for the health of the eyes.

Caution – Taking vitamin A in excessive doses can be toxic. Smokers are particularly vulnerable to this, as taking more vitamin A supplements than the recommended dose can affect the lungs.

  • Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 supplements are given to those suffering from vision-related problems such as the dry-eye syndrome. This condition is known to occur when the eyes cannot produce the tears needed for lubrication.  Omega-3 fatty acid or the decosahexanoic acid (DHA) is naturally present in breast milk and is essential for vision and brain development in babies. It is also present in fishes. Omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements such as DHA are given to babies who are formula-fed.

  • Hawaiian Astaxanthin

Hawaiian Astaxanthin is another catotenois that is found in crab, algae, shrimp, lobster and salmon. Astaxanthin is considered to be the “king of the carotenoids” by many. It is red in color and gives crab, lobster, shrimp and salmon their fleshy pink color. There are many clinical truals that show that taking Astaxanthin supplements prevents and treats diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. It is also given as a treatment for eye strain and fatigue and is considered essential for the overall eye health.

  • Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to direct sunlight. Vitamin D has several benefits for the eyes. It lowers inflammation and prevents the buildup of the abnormal blood vessels that cause age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are many studies that prove that those who have a higher level of vitamin D in their bloodstream are not as susceptible to AMD as others. Vitamin D supplements can be made even more effective by taking them along with lutein supplements.

  • Rutin

Rutin is a powerful flavonoid and belongs to the same family of flavonoids that are considered to be beneficial for the eyes such as hesperidin, eriodictyl, quercetin and citron. Flavonoids are necessary for the absorption of vitamin C and are generally found in nutritious fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, citrus, red apples, onions and in a variety of herbal teas. Flavonoids such as rutin are best taken in the supplement form, as you cannot get enough of them from your daily diet. Rutin supplements act as antioxidants, help with the absorption of Vitamin C, strengthen the capillaries of the eyes, and improve overall eye health. Rutin improves blood circulation and reduces cholesterol as well. It protects the body against serious illness and invasive attack. It has also been shown to reduce eye pressure in some patients.

  • Resveratrol and Bilberry

Resveratrol is a flavonoid that is commonly found in grapes, peanuts and red wine. It is known to prevent the buildup of blood vessels that can cause AMD as one gets older. Bilberry is a shrub commonly grown in Europe which acts as a powerful antioxidant and prevents retinam damage. Doctors recommend a combination of 300 mg Resveratrol and 150 mg Bilberry supplements, to be taken daily, for better eye health. Adding Pycnogenol to these supplements helps prevent glaucoma as well.

  • Vitamin P (Hesperidin)

Not much is known about Vitamin P or Hesperidin; it is often referred to as the “mysterious Vitamin”.  Hesperidin is a flavonoid which occurs naturally in citrus fruits. It is considered to be essential for the absorption of Vitamin C and helps to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels. Hesperidin is usually combined with vitamin C for better eye health.

  • Taurine

Taurine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body.  Taurine is a powerful antioxidant and is found in the retina of the eye in high quantities. It helps to treat a number of conditions such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. It is also known to prevent retinal damage and is given to those suffering from AMD.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, protects the skin at the cellular level and is known to prevent or treat age-related macular degeneration and cataracts in older people.

  • Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant is a super fruit that contain high levels of anthocyanins. Blackcurrant supplements provide relief to those suffering from dry eyes, reduce eye inflammation and irritation and prevent bacterial infection of the eyes. They improve the refractory power of the eyes and relax the cilliary muscles, which do the work of controlling the eyes movements throughout the day and night.

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