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Grape Seed for our vision?

Grape Seed for our vision?

Grape Seed for our vision? Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   A simple internet search for grape seed will show you how amazing grape seed really is! In fact most people know some of the benefits of Grape Seed. But what they may not know is 

HEPATITIS~ THE TYPES, THE SUPPORT AND CAN IT BE PREVENTED?

HEPATITIS~ THE TYPES, THE SUPPORT AND CAN IT BE PREVENTED?

HEPATITIS~ THE TYPES, THE SUPPORT AND CAN IT BE PREVENTED? By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   Hepatitis is a disease that we’ve all heard about and it also triggers fear for many when it’s discussed. It is often associated with hypodermic needle drug users, 

Cataracts Explained

Cataracts Explained

Cataracts Explained

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

 

I wanted to start off this topic on vision with cataracts for one simple reason – it’s extremely common. In fact I bet you know someone who has cataracts whether it be a relative or friend. Just how common are cataracts? Well according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology cataracts affect more than 20 million people age 40 and older! (1)

What exactly is a cataract? Well a cataract is when the lens of the eye goes from being clear to being cloudy. Basically as we age the lenses in our eyes become less flexible and clear and the proteins /fibers in the lens breakdown and clump together. Additionally the lens becomes thicker over time. All of these changes leads to the clouding of the lens. Over time the cataract will become larger and the clouding of your vision will become worse. One way to think of a cataract is to think of a fried egg. At first the “whites” are clear. As you cook the egg the whites go from clear and see through to opaque. That is exactly what happens to the lens of the eye! See attached picture for a comparison of a healthy eye and an eye with a cataract.

What are the most common risk factors for cataracts? One of the most common risk factors is age. Other risk factors include having a family history of cataracts, having a previous eye injury or eye inflammation and prior eye surgery. Life style factors such as excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking, being obese, getting too much sunlight and using corticosteroid medications all increase our risk. Lastly diabetes as well as myotonic dystrophy, galactosemia, neurofibromatosis type 2 or rubella are all risk factors for cataracts.

Now I bet you didn’t know that there is actually more than one type of cataract. The first type is called nuclear cataract which is in the center of the lens. Next is a cortical cataract which is on the edges of the lens. Then there is the posterior subscapular cataract which affects the back of the lens. Lastly some people can be born with cataracts or they develop in childhood. This is called congenital contracts.

Now moving ow what are the most common symptoms of cataracts. One of the first signs is cloudy, blurry or dim vision. You may need brighter lights for certain activities and you may have trouble seeing at night in general as well as a dimming of overall colors. You may also notice that you frequently require a change in eyeglass or contact prescription. You may see a “halo” around lights and even be sensitive to light. Lastly there may be double vision in 1 eye. Overall it’s important to see a doctor if you notice any changes in vision. (2)

What can you do about contacts? Well I’ll be honest once a cataract forms it can’t be dissolved. I mean remember the story about the fried egg? Once an egg is fried it can’t be un-fried. However studies do show a few things that can slow the growth of cataracts or reduce your risk factors for developing them. Let’s take a look at just what these things are, shall we?

  • Life style factors that can help reduce your risk of a cataract include: wearing sunglasses, quitting smoking, reducing our alcohol consummation as well as eating healthy. If you have any chronic health concerns it is also important to address those. For example it is important to monitor and address your blood sugar if you have diabetes. The better the control you have over your diabetes the less of a risk factor you have. (3)
  • Bilberry has been found in studies to help slow the progression of cataracts in up to 97% of people who used it! (4) Please see Invite’s Bilberry formula as well as our Macula Advanced!
  • L Carnosine has been strongly associated with a reduction in risk of cataracts in those with diabetes. While more studies are needed it is a promising start. (5) Please see Invite’s L Carnosine Plus!
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin have been found in studies to have an inverse relationship with cataracts. What does that mean exactly? The more of these nutrients you consume the lower the rate of cataract formation. (6) Please see Invite’s Macula Advanced and Lutein Plus formula!
  • Lycopene has been found to help reduce the rate of cataract formation. (7) Please see Invite’s extensive line of Multi vitamins as well as our Macula Advanced!
  • Our next product highlight will be Grape Seed and how it relates to eye health!

Sources:

  1. https://www.aao.org/newsroom/eye-health-statistics#:~:text=A%3A%20Cataracts%20affect%20more%20than,Americans%20have%20had%20cataract%20surgery
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/symptoms-causes/syc-20353790
  3. https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/cataracts
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/bilberry#:~:text=It%20has%20been%20used%20in,20%25%20displayed%20progression%20of%20cataract.
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5086400/#sec4title
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6774801/#:~:text=Observational%20studies%20have%20demonstrated%20an,nuclear%20form%20and%20cataract%20surgery.
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12921892/#:~:text=Lycopene%20also%20reduced%20the%20incidence,with%20oral%20feeding%20of%20lycopene.

 

Complete Eye Support with Macula Advanced!

Complete Eye Support with Macula Advanced!

Complete Eye Support with Macula Advanced! Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   When someone calls and asks about a product for eye health one of the first things I recommend is our Macula Advanced. Personally in my opinion Macula Advanced really hits all the marks. Not 

PINK EYE~ IT’S NOT JUST A CHILDHOOD INFECTION

PINK EYE~ IT’S NOT JUST A CHILDHOOD INFECTION

PINK EYE~ IT’S NOT JUST A CHILDHOOD INFECTION By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is often associated with childhood infections, as we have all probably had a classmate or even ourselves that contracted this during our school years. However, it’s 

Vision Health

Vision Health

Vision Health

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

 

Vision or eye health is a topic that affects both men and women of all ages. However it can also be one of the most confusing topics. There are so many different options when it comes to keeping our vision up to par. Everything from glasses, contacts and even corrective eye surgery. But while these options may help to improve vision what can we do to help with our overall eye health?  Is there anything that can help improve our eyesight naturally? These are just some of the questions I get asked almost daily when it comes to our eye health. I wanted to take the time to review not just general eye health but some of the most common concerns that people have when it comes to our eye health.

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? One of the best things you can do is get your eyes checked regularly. And part of that process is getting a dilated eye exam. I know getting a dilated eye exam can be scary but it really is one of the best ways to check our eye health. Dilation helps your eye doctor to check for eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and even macular degeneration. It is recommended to get a dilated eye exam every 1 – 2 years if you are over 60, African American and over 40, and/ or have a family history of glaucoma or are diabetic or have high blood pressure. Now what else happens during a routine eye exam? Well an eye exam usually includes a visual acuity test (this is the part where you look at the chart and read it) as well as a visual field test which checks our peripheral vision.  There is also a test for eye muscle function where the doctor will have you follow an object with your eyes. The doctor will shine a small flashlight into your eye to check your pupils. Lastly the doctor will check your eye pressure very often by doing a tonometry test which is where the machine blows a quick puff of air onto your eye. (1)

It’s also important to acknowledge and try to reduce any of our risk factors for eye disease. For example there are certain chronic diseases that can increase the risk of eye conditions. For example diabetes and high blood pressure, being overweight/obese can all increase the risk of eye disease. Some things as we know tend to run in families. Thus knowing our family history is also important. There are also some life style choices that can help keep your eyes healthy.  First it is important to quit smoking. Smoking can harm the optic nerve and even increase the risk of certain conditions such as macular degeneration and even cataracts. It is also important to be active. If you have any underlying conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure it is important to monitor and properly address them. It is also important to eat healthy foods such as greens and fish. (2)

But what supplements have studies looked at for eye health? Well let’s review a few, shall we?

  • Lutein has been studied quite a bit over the years and studies have found that it is very helpful for our eye health. (3) Please see Invite’s Lutein Plus, and our Macula Advanced!
  • Bilberry and Fish Oil are 2 amazing nutrients when it comes to our eye health! In fact a 3 month study found that a combination of these 2 nutrients was helpful for dry eye. (4) For these 2 amazing nutrients please see Invite’s Bilberry and Macula as well as our Fish and Krill oil!
  • L Carnosine has been studies in regards to cataracts and found to be helpful in reducing their formation. (5) Please see Invite’s L Carnosine Plus
  • Our product highlight will be on a fabulous product – Macula Advanced!

Sources:

  1. https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/get-dilated-eye-exam
  2. https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/keep-your-eyes-healthy
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705341/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9892183/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27472261/