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5 Key Ingredients to Protect Ageing Eyes

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As founders of the Savvy Team, we have had a long and intimate association with Eyes!

Working as Wellness Instructors and Iris Photographers since the early 1990’s, we’ve used the principles of Iridology to help thousands of people overcome issues using nutritional supplements. Many of these issues they had been previously told – were irreversible.

However, protecting or even improving eyesight has more to do with the delicate internal function of the eyes, rather than the outer colour and patterns we look for in the practice of Iridology!

The eyes are complex organs, with many parts that must work together to produce clear vision. The most common nutrients in eye health supplements are various forms of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help slow the progression of vision loss, especially from oxidative stress. The damaging effects of oxidative stress and toxin exposure – is implicated in most eye problems, as it is in most age-related diseases and in the ageing process itself.

The eyes need even more nutritional support today than ever before. For instance, research shows that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye strain. People who look at computer screens frequently, (and who doesn’t these days!) may experience symptoms such as:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dry or watering eyes
  • Burning sensations
  • Changes in color perception
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty focusing

If this sounds familiar, it might be time to begin taking precautionary care of your eyes!

Today we all have at least one and often many other digital devices with glowing screens. Most work on one throughout the day and this work gets harder as you age because the lenses in your eyes become less flexible.Somewhere around age 40, your ability to focus on near and far objects will start to go away. It’s now known that supplements containing combinations of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc, and natural ingredients like bilberry and lutein are now well known to be hugely beneficial for many eye sight issues, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, granular dystrophy and almost any other degenerative eye condition.

Somewhere around age 40, your ability to focus on near and far objects starts to decline. It’s now known that supplements containing combinations of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc, and natural ingredients like bilberry and lutein are now well known to be hugely beneficial for many eye sight issues, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, granular dystrophy and almost any other degenerative eye condition.

5 Key Ingredients To Protect Ageing Eyes

When a large study called the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, or AREDS, proved what new research had already suggested – that things like antioxidants and other good nutrition may improve eye health and even help prevent cataracts. AREDS found that people at high risk for advanced AMD lowered their risk of the disease by about 25 percent when treated with a high-dose combination of bilberry, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc.

In another large, long-term study of more than 3,000 adults (ages 43 to 86) in Wisconsin, the five-year risk for cataracts was 60 percent lower among people who reported using multivitamins or any supplement containing vitamin E or vitamin C for more than 10 years, compared with nonusers.

Bilberry

Bilberry’s modern reputation as a healing plant was sparked during World War II when British Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots noticed that their night vision was sharper than usual whenever they ate bilberry preserves before starting out on their evening bombing raids. Subsequent research revealed that bilberries are powerful antioxidants, capable of protecting cells in the eye and other parts of the body against damage from unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals.

  • Improve night vision as well as prevent and treat macular degeneration and cataracts. The plant appears to assist the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye, in adjusting quickly to both dark and light. This is probably a result of the plant’s anthocyanosides, which have antioxidant properties and appear to boost oxygen & blood delivery to eyes
  • Useful for treating night blindness and daytime vision impaired by glare.
  • Popular for preventing macular degeneration, a condition in which the light-sensitive area in the center of the retina breaks down.
  • May help slow the progression of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that is common in older people. In one study of 50 patients with age-related cataracts, it was found that taking bilberry extract along with vitamin E supplements stopped the progression of cataracts in nearly all participants.
  • Lessens the effects of diabetic retinopathy, a degenerative eye disease that affects people with diabetes.

Lutein

 Carotenoids have begun to attain a certain level of fame for having helpful protective properties for the eyes, and one well-known one is Lutein.

  • Lutein is an excellent nutrient to support and protect the eyes, and there is credible evidence that it can help prevent age-related macular degeneration and other degenerative eye disorders. 
  • In a 2008 study that evaluated the dietary intake of more than 35,000 female health professionals, women whose diets (including supplements) had the highest levels of lutein and vitamin E had a lower relative risk of cataracts than women whose diets were in the lowest 20 percent for levels of these nutrients.

Vitamin A / Beta Carotene

  • Vitamin A actually is a group of antioxidant compounds that play an important role in vision, bone growth and health of the immune system.
  • Vitamin A also helps the surface of the eye, mucous membranes and skin be effective barriers to bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of eye infections, respiratory problems, and other infectious diseases.
  • Vitamin A helps protects the surface of the eye (cornea) and is essential for good vision.
  • Vitamin A, when in combination with other antioxidant vitamins, also appears to play a role in decreasing the risk of macular degeneration (AMD).
  • In the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) sponsored by the National Eye Institute, people at high risk for MD who took a daily multiple vitamin that included vitamin A (as beta carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and copper, had a 25 percent reduced risk of advanced AMD during a six-year period.
  • It also appears that a combination of vitamin A and lutein may prolong vision in people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa (RP). A recent four-year study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and other prominent universities found that individuals with retinitis pigmentosa who took daily supplements of vitamin A (15,000 IU) and lutein (12 mg) had a slower loss of peripheral vision than those who did not take the combined supplements.
  • Because beta carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body, it’s likely beta carotene (provitamin A) offers similar eye benefits as the preformed retinol type of vitamin A. In early 2011, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (New York) found that a synthetic, altered form of vitamin A might be able to slow the progression of Stargardt’s disease, an inherited eye disease that causes severe vision loss in young people.

Vitamin E

  •  Like vitamins A and C, vitamin E may reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. It’s well known that it works best in combination with other antioxidants.
  • Some studies suggest that E helps to possibly prevent cataracts, and it might be yet another factor in preventing macular degeneration (AMD).
  • In the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) involving nearly 5,000 people, researchers found a 25 percent lower risk of developing advanced stages of AMD when a nutritional formula including vitamin E was taken. The AREDS supplement included 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin E, as well as high levels of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin C and zinc.
  • Almonds and other nuts are excellent sources of natural vitamin E. Based on AREDS and other nutritional studies, many eye doctors recommend that their patients supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin that contains up to 400 IU of vitamin E in combination with other antioxidants as part of their preventative eye care.

Trace Minerals

Minerals can help your body use antioxidants: Important minerals for your eyes include zinc and selenium.

  • Zinc helps your body absorb vitamin A and also helps many antioxidant enzymes in your body reduce the number of free radicals. Zinc has been shown to protect against macular degeneration and night blindness. Good food sources of zinc include oysters and other seafood, beef, eggs, black-eyed peas, tofu and wheat germ.
  • Selenium is a mineral that helps your body to absorb vitamin E. Good food sources of selenium include Brazil nuts, oysters, and other seafood.
  • Supplementation of all trace elements makes a big difference not only to your eye health and eye sight but your health in general.

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