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Loss of vision is on the rise and especially Age Related Macular Degeneration, as people age it is one of the most devastating degenerative conditions that can happen to a person. People can no longer enjoy things that we take for granted….watching TV, reading the newspaper, reading bills accurately that arrive each month; seeing pictures or even simple facial recognition of family and friends. It creates anxiety, depression and general loss of quality of life. Prevention is the only action we can take, to protect our site. With our Vision Essentials you will find a spectacular formulation that will help improve your vision today and protect it in the years to come. Let’s look at this formulation, so you can confidently reach for this product and know you are using an amazing formulation to aid in the protection of site for years.
- vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including collagen found in the cornea of the eye.
- 500 mg was the daily dose of vitamin C used in studies that showed a reduced risk of cataracts.
• In a large, long-term study of more than 3,000 adults (ages 43 to 86) in Wisconsin, 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.
• 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 luteinand 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, at least 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 the disease 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.
• One of the first signs of vitamin A deficiency is night blindness. In ancient Egypt, it was discovered that night blindness could be cured by eating liver, which later was found to be a rich source of vitamin A.
• A lack of vitamin A causes the cornea to become very dry, leading to clouding of the front of the eye, corneal ulcers and vision loss. Vitamin A deficiency also causes damage to theretina, which also contributes to blindness.
• Because vitamin A also is important for resistance to infection and a healthy immune system, vitamin A deficiency can lead to death from respiratory and other infections.
• Your eyes can use some minerals as well. 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.
A total of 23 studies have been completed in humans using FloraGLO Lutein. These have either been published in peer-reviewed journals, or presented as abstracts at scientific meetings. The majority of the research has been in the eye health area where lutein is known to be deposited in the macula and lens. However, new research also supports lutein’s beneficial role in certain skin health parameters, such as improvements in skin hydration, elasticity, lipids, and reduction in lipid peroxidation.
• Human studies published in peer- reviewed scientific journals show that consumption of FloraGLO® Lutein may provide significant benefits to the eyes and skin.
• Plasma concentration of lutein and macular pigment density increased following ingestion of FloraGLO Lutein.
• Visual function improved in patients suffering from age- related macular degeneration following ingestion of FloraGLO Lutein.
• Skin hydration, lipid content, and elasticity were increased while lipid peroxidation was decreased in women supplemented with FloraGLO Lutein.
• No toxicological side effects were reported in any of these studies.
• Zeaxanthin for eye health benefit, cataracts, macular degeneration, eye diseases and vision disorders
• Prior research has suggested that the xanthophyll proteins lutein and zeaxanthin may protect against the eight-related macular degeneration by filtering out potentially harmful light from the blue end of the spectrum and also protecting the eye against damage from oxidation. The two proteins have been observed to concentrate in the macula, forming a yellow spot.
Proprietary Blend of Fruits and Fruit Powders
The most characteristic compounds present in bilberry fruits are colorful polyphenols belonging to the classes of anthocyanins- and of proanthocyanidins.
The pharmacological properties of these substances seem nowadays well ascertained; they are mainly linked to a strong antioxidant capacity, although associated with many other biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, vasoactive, hypolipemic, hypoglycemic, cell-regenerating, antimicrobial, chemopreventive, etc.
In this proprietary Blend you will find the formulation is packed with ingrediants which are known to contain these anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins.
–Wild Blueberry, Strawberry and Cranberry
- • Blueberries have one of the highest ORAC values of all fruits tested by the US Department of Agriculture. They increase circulation to the capillaries of the eyes and their antioxidative effects are useful in preventing diabetic retinopathy, night blindness, macular degeneration and cataracts.
- • Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C was one of the nutrients used in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study — a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and your body needs it to make connective tissue and for healthy blood vessels, including those found in your eyes.
- • Again, nutrients found in cranberry help protect your eyes from certain types of eye conditions. For example, the antioxidant nutrients vitamin A and vitamin C in cranberries could help prevent macular degeneration
–Wild Bilberry extract, Elderberry Extract
- • During World War II, British Royal Air Force pilots swore by the bilberry, a cousin of the blueberry, to keep their eyes sharp. They would eat a good dose of bilberry jam just prior to a nighttime bombing mission. They thought it improved their vision, often dramatically, and improved their accuracy on bombing missions.
- • Subsequent studies have shown that bilberry contains active ingredients known as anthocyanosides. These substances protect the retina of the eye by strengthening the walls of blood vessels and reducing inflammation. Many problems in the retina start with inflamed, leaky capillaries. Fluid seeps out of capillaries and damages cells in the retina. In fact, retinal damage, including macular degeneration, is one of the most common causes of blindness in older people.
- • Studies have shown just how helpful bilberry can be to eyes. Bilberry extract has been shown to help stop retinal damage caused by diabetes or high blood pressure (Ann Ottalmol Clin Ocul. 1987;113:1173-7), improve night vision (Altern Med Rev. 2000;5(2):164-173) and may inhibit or reverse eye disorders such as cataracts and glaucoma. (Altern Med Rev. 2001;6(2):141-166.)
- • Elderberries are a rich source of antioxidant flavonoids known as oligomeric procyanadins (OPC’s), as well as calcium, potassium, carotenoids, and anti-viral proteins. These edible berries can be taken regularly as a part of the diet to strengthen capillaries, veins, and arteries, as well as connective tissue and the eyes. Elderberry PCO’s enchance circulation, reduce inflammation, and are of benefit for preventing and treating atherosclerosis, degenerative eye and circulatory disease as well as seasonal allergies.
- • Elderberries also help to quench reactive oxygen species (ROS), thus preventing oxidative damage and damaging inflammatory processes. Elderberry’s antiviral compounds inhibit viral replication as well as stimulating immune response by stimulating human cytokine production (TNF-a, IL-6, IL-1b, IL-8)
–Raspberry Seed Powder
The same anthocyanins that may have cardioprotective effects also work to help you keep your eyes healthy. Researchers at the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre in Canada reported that the retina in the eye has the highest metabolic rate of any tissue in the body, which makes it more susceptible to damage. When they examined the effects of anthocyanin and other plant compounds on vision, they found they have a direct interaction with rhodopsin, which is the photosensitive pigment in the eye that helps you see in dim light. The results of their study, published in the April 14, 2010 issue of the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” state that anthocyanins protect the eye tissue from oxidative or stress-induced cell death.