Protecting your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your quality of life. Some type of sight-threatening eye problem affects one in six adults age 45 and older. And the risk for vision loss only increases with age. Since the leading causes of blindness and low vision are primarily age-related diseases such as macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, protecting your eyesight as you age is an essential part of your health care.
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Ingredients and benefits:
Bilberry – Scientifically proven to be one of the most beneficial herbs for the eyes, bilberry is rich in anthocyanosides. Anthocyanosides are powerful compounds known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and protect and strengthen the small blood vessels that feed the eye. Bilberry proves to be an effective treatment of many eye disorders which include retinopathy, macular degeneration as well as in reducing the inflammation of the retina. Furthermore, bilberry is known to be effective in enhancing the visual acuity of many healthy individuals, as well as in improving the vision of patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Bilberry is an excellent herb in preventing vision loss.
Research shows that anthocyanosides help in boosting the production of pigments that enable the eyes to adapt to lighting changes by enhancing the creation of the purple pigment (rhodopsin) that is used by the rods in the back of the eye to assist with night vision as well as aiding in the formation of new capillaries and generating rhodopsin, a pigment needed for night vision. Early research has shown that bilberry supplementation improves the speed of adapting to darkness for people who have poor night vision. Its bioflavonoid content is also beneficial in eliminating unwanted toxins from the eyes. Bilberry also helps improve vision and is used popularly to treat myopia. It is useful in shrinking cataracts and reduces macular degeneration of your eyes.
Amla – Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica), or amla, is a deciduous tree and a very popular medicinal herb. The fruits of this tree possess antibacterial and antiviral properties. Research shows that Amla improves myopia, decreases intra-ocular pressure and prevents the formation of cataracts.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – Research suggests that alpha lipoic acid is one of the most effective remedies for cataracts. Alpha lipoic acid functions to eliminate free radicals in the body, which are a major contributor to cataracts and also helps to restore vitamin E and vitamin C levels in the body, which help to maintain eye health. ALA has been shown to reduce both small and large blood vessel complications of diabetes and ALA treatment reduced retinal capillary damage, and oxidative stress in diabetic retinopathy as well as preventing diabetc retinopathy.
As adults grow older, they become more vulnerable to developing cataracts, opacities of the lens that cloud sight. A key problem involved in cataract formation is oxidative stress in the lens of the eye. ALA was found to offer notable protection against cataract formation. Scientists believe that lipoic acid may confer this benefit by increasing levels of essential endogenous antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase.
Another common cause of vision loss is glaucoma. A study in patients with open-angle glaucoma found that visual function and other measures of glaucoma were improved in a group that received 75mg of ALA daily for two months compared with a control group that received no ALA.
Curcumin – Curcumin is rich in antioxidants that can fight free radicals caused by oxidative stress. This is said to benefit those with eye disorders like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Oxidation of the lens is a major causes of many eye disorders. Curcumin also protects optic nerves from damage.
Additionally, curcumin was shown to improve retinal blood flow, retinal edema and visual acuity over four weeks of supplementation.
Grape Seed Extract – Grape seed extract is effective in preventing blood leakage from damaged vessels. Grape seed extract is another powerful antioxidant that protects blood vessels and capillaries from free radical damage. Research shows that grape seed extract can help prevent diabetic retinopathy. Grape seed extract is definitely one of the best herbs that promote eye health. It is highly recommended in combating eye disorders like eye strain, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
Milk Thistle – They say the eyes are the “windows to your soul” but herbalists would also say, the eyes are the “windows to your liver health”. Weak eyes and blurred vision can be signs of liver malfunction which indicates that what is bad for the liver can also be bad for your eyes. Hence, although milk thistle and its primary component silymarin are known for liver support, they have also been shown to benefit the eyes. The liver is a key organ for your eyes since fat soluble vitamins and glutathione are stored here. Mechanisms necessary to repair vision are essentially found in the liver. Research shows that silymarin can also inhibit aldose reductase which has a significant role in sugar deposition on the eyes of diabetics to prevent eye damage. By effectively fighting free radicals and reducing sugar levels in the eyes, milk thistle is not just a liver protector but also promoter of proper eye care.
Lutein, zeaxanthn and meso-zeaxanthin – Lutein and zeaxanthin, the key nutrients for eye health, are found naturally in Calendula. Ocu-Fast uses clinically-extracted amounts of lutein, zeaxanthn and meso-zeaxanthin which are carefully extracted from the brightly-coloured petals of the Calendula Flower. Lutein helps prevent macular degeneration by making the macula thicker which has the following benefits: details are sharper… glare and brightness are easier to bear… and colours are brighter. It also helps support normal vision function and lens density… prevent and even slow the progression of cataracts… strengthen the eye tissue… protect against free radical damage in the eyes… and inhibit the development atherosclerosis (the build-up of heart-harming, fatty deposits in the arteries). Zeaxanthin acts a lot like lutein in the body too. It accumulates in the macula to help protect the eyes from free radical damage and helps absorb harmful ultraviolet rays and blue light, which could otherwise damage the retina and cause vision loss. Like lutein, zeaxanthin is a multi-tasker. It helps shield your eyes from free radical and blue light damage. Meso-Zeaxanthin is responsible for protecting central vision from free radical and blue light damage.
This information is provided for educational purposes only. All medical conditions must be diagnosed and treated by a qualified health professional. No medical claims are made.