The Best Berries To Support Vision Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 237
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Today, I’m going to discuss berries, vision and eye health. Berries are loaded with these beautiful pigments. They’re polyphenols called anthocyanins. They’re found in fruits and they’re reddish-bluish-purplish-blackish. Bilberry has been shown to be helpful for vision and eye health. It’s also called Vaccinium myrtillus. It’s a relative of blueberry and huckleberry. It has purple anthocyanins and is loaded with tannins. It’s a much higher concentration than you get in American blueberries. They’re good for blood vessel wall integrity and also healthy circulation and vision health.
A second berry that’s been shown to be good for vision health called black currant berry. It’s also known as cassis berry. It’s loaded with anthocyanins, possibly the highest concentration in any known edible fruit. The anthocyanins in cassis berry are very dark purple, they’re almost blackish.
The benefits of bilberry and cassis berry
These two berries with anthocyanins in them enhance the recovery of rhodopsin in your eye. That’s called visual purple. The eye uses visual purple for fine vision, but also for vision in low light. What happens in the daytime when you’re on your computer is that you use up your rhodopsin and it’s harder to see at night. The pigments in these berries help restore the rhodopsin, which is good for eye fatigue and also possibly enhancing a better ability to see at night. It’s not going to give you some kind of superpower, but it’ll help restore your vision to normal at nighttime and low light situations.†
Bilberry and cassis berry can help you with asthenopia. Asthenopia is when you have eye strain. For instance, this is when you’re doing editorial work on your computer and your eyes are just stinging and they’re tired and you’re starting to see blurry. Research shows, especially with bilberry, that it helps eye strain in people who stare at computer screens all day. That’s called computer vision. Bilberry can also help with eye problems related to diabetes, such as diabetic retinopathy.†
They may help with glaucoma. Research shows that if you have a good amount of these anthocyanins and you take them twice a day, they improve your vision in people with glaucoma. Glaucoma is usually caused by too much pressure in the eyes. There’s too much fluid buildup in the eye and it’s compressing the back of the eye. This starts to damage your retina and it can definitely damage your vision.†
For additional information about the benefits of bilberry and cassis berry, tune into the full podcast episode.
How to include these berries into your routine
From the get-go, I’ve included these berries in any of my vision formulas, for instance we make a Macula Hx and a Macula Advanced Hx. We included bilberry in the original formula, the Macula Hx, and later on, when the research came out on the cassis berry, I added that in the Macula Advanced Hx. They really do have value for retinal health and vision health, like if you have trouble seeing distance or have blurry vision, tired eyes, dry eye syndrome or computer vision. These berries really do enhance the health of the eyes.†
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