With the increase of visual device usage, our eyes are consistently overworked and fatigued. Maintaining eye health is often overlooked but remains important to overall wellness, especially as we age. Getting proper nutrients can help support healthy eyes and proper vision. Top-quality nutritions will include a mix of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, antioxidants, and herbal compounds which can help strengthen, nourish, and protect the eyes.*
Studies have shown bilberry to have a positive effect on eye health, including the enhancement of capillary resistance.* Bilberry extract is often used in supplements as a more natural, bioavailable form of anthocyanins which is effective at supporting eye health.* It has been shown to improve tear secretion and plasmatic antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals.*
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that can support eye health. These nutrients help defend against free radicals, improve visual contrast sensitivity, promote retinal function and boost vision sharpness.* Lutein can be found in leafy green vegetables like kale, parsley, spinach, broccoli, and peas. In addition, honeydew, grapes, kiwis, orange juice and egg yolks also contain sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, the main carotenoids found in the human retina.
A diet rich in vitamin E is recommended to maintain eye health. As a potent antioxidant, vitamin E protects the eyes from free radicals and oxidative stress which helps to reduce the risk of age-related eye issues.* It also helps keep cellular tissues healthy and lessens breakdown.* Some food sources of vitamin E include salmon, avocado, and leafy greens. Vitamin E cannot be produced by the body, which is why getting it through food or supplementation is so important.
Essential Fatty Acids
Getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is essential in visual development. Omega-3 fatty acids help the eyes produce more tears to reduce dryness and discomfort.* They also promote a healthy response to inflammation.* To increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, include fish, seeds, soy, flaxseed, or nuts.
Supplementation for Eye Health
Take care of your eyes using Nature’s Lab eye health supplements such as Vision Complex and Astaxanthin. With 6 mg of lutein, 150 mg of bilberry extract, and 20 mg of organic blueberry extract, Vision Complex keeps your eyes clear and comfortable by supporting vision health.* Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble antioxidant found in marine microalgae which has been shown to promote proper blood flow to the eye, which can help with focusing.* It also protects the retina from light-induced damage while preserving healthy eye function.*
A 12-Week-Long Intake of Bilberry Extract (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) Improved Objective Findings of Ciliary Muscle Contraction of the Eye: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Comparison Trial - PMC (nih.gov)