If you spend your days staring at phone, TV or computer screens, you need to know about what supplements can benefit your eye health, and your eye doctor should, too.
There is a variety of important nutrients that have been studied for their ability to help prevent the development of a cataract. This includes lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin C and zinc.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Have you ever noticed little shapes or squiggly lines in your vision? This is known as eye floaters. Today, I want to talk about why floaters occur, when they become incredibly problematic and what you can be doing to stop this from occurring in the first place.†
What are eye floaters?
Floaters are actually pretty common as we get older. They start to increase. Researchers estimate that by the time someone is in their 70s, about 30 to 40% of the population has chronic eye floaters.†
Floaters appear as these small spots which are right in your field of vision. They are certainly age-related or induced because of the aging process. One of the things that we recognize about eye floaters is when we have a breakdown of certain nutrients in the body, such as inadequate Vitamin C, a lack of antioxidants and the wearing away of hyaluronic acid. These are all factors that can actually exacerbate or even create floaters.†
When we look at the anatomy of the eye, there is a gel-like substance that is in the middle part of the eye called the vitreous. As we get older, that vitreous starts to shrink within the eye itself, creating these small particles. It is these particles that we’re actually seeing as they pass in front of the macula.†
Nutrients to help with this issue
We have to think about why we are having this issue in the first place. Is it because we’re not getting adequate nutrients?†
We can certainly look at Vitamin C. This is a powerful antioxidant that does a wonderful job in terms of the elimination of toxic waste build up and helps to target and neutralize free radicals. Citric acid itself helps to improve upon proper lymphatic and circulatory supply. Having adequate Vitamin C really does so much to support our visual health. When people experience floaters, having adequate amounts of Vitamin C on board can be very beneficial.†
We can also look at a basic, comprehensive eye vitamin, such as the Macula HxⓇ Advanced. It has NAC, the mineral zinc, Vitamin C, zeaxanthin, bilberry extract and powerful carotenoids. Giving your eyes the nutrients that they need each and every single day is very helpful.†
There is also a strong relationship between eye floaters and calcium. As people get older, there’s always the concern about bone health, so they will begin to use a calcium supplement. There’s an interesting link between the use of calcium supplements and the lessening of frequency of eye floaters. This is why I oftentimes recommend the Bone Powder and the Calplex HxⓇ to people with floaters.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains what eye floaters are. She describes the ways that this issue can come about and provides recommendations of supplements that can help.†
- Can floaters dissipate?
- Underlying problems and factors that can impact this issue
- Other ways to take care of your eyes
- How does glycation impact eye floaters?
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Carotenoids are colorful pigments from plants that are found in fruits and vegetables. Based on reading thousands of studies spanning decades, if you consume a broad variety of these pigments, they lend to a longer and healthier life.
New research reports that blue light damages cells in the brain as well as retinas.To the researchers surprise, results also showed that light accelerated aging.
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It turns out, orange juice is more than just America’s favorite morning beverage! According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers say those who ate at least one orange a day during the study, reduced their risk of developing macular degeneration by 60% compared to those who didn’t. Drink up!
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease and is the leading cause of vision loss, effecting 10 millions Americans. It is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The macula is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye.
When the macula of the eye deteriorates, the images are not received correctly, which can lead to wavy or blurred vision and even central vision being lost.
Vitamin C for Healthy Vision
Those plenty of foods contain vitamins and nutrients that benefit eye health, oranges seem to be the best. According to lead study author Bamini Gopinath, PhD, “Flavonoid are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system. We examined common foods that contain flavonoids such as tea, apples, red wine, and oranges. Significantly, the data did not show a relationship between other food sources protecting the eyes against the disease.”
Researchers concluded that even eating one orange a week correlated with significant benefits, due to its flavonoids.
How to Keep Your Vision Sharp
If you’re like just about everyone else in this digital world, you spend a majority of your day looking at a screen. Whether it is 8-hours at your office job or if you are one of the average Americans who look at your phone 76 times per day, it’s important for you to know that the blue light our screens emit can be harming our vision and eyes.
If you are experiencing blurred or double vision, fatigue, or reoccurring headaches, you may want to visit your optometrist. But there are some quick fixes you can do to support healthy vision.
- Limit your screen time. Even if you are stuck working on the computer all day, you can still take a few breaks every once in a while to give your eyes a rest. Make some coffee, hit the restroom to freshen up, or simply close your eyes for a minute to let them rest.
- Leafy greens are full of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant vital for vision health. Add a high-quality, non-GMO greens blend powder to your smoothie or eat more leafy greens throughout the day to rack up on their vision benefits.
- Get a good night’s rest. Put your phone away about an hour before you head to bed to, not only set your body up for a good night’s sleep, but also give your eyes some time to “cool down” from its hard day at work.