Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be the result of bad diet choices and not getting enough antioxidants from your food, for your eyes.
Key eye health anti-oxidants
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are from the carotenoid family (just like Beta Carotene the precursor of Vitamin A, another useful eye health nutrient).
Both Lutein and Zeaxanthin are strong eye and retinal antioxidants and are important pigments which accumulate in the retina, particularly the macular region.
These two nutrients actually comprise the Macular Pigment (MP).
Unfortunately research has shown that low Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) is a key risk factor for the development of AMD, while a high MPOD not only reduces a person’s risk of developing AMD, it also helps to improve visual performance.
Remember that Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) measurements are based directly on levels of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in the macula – and that the amounts Lutein and Zeaxanthin that you consume can directly affect the development of AMD later in life. This makes these two nutrients pivotal for your eyes.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the key to preventing AMD
High Lutein and Zeaxanthin (and as a result high pigment density in the retina) can also be directly connected with other aspects of you vision too, including:
- better contrast sensitivity
- better visual accuracy and
- reduced glare
All really important for every day eye health.
It is vital to find a really good supplement which has strong amounts of Lutein and Zeaxanthin because the issue with these nutrients is that they’re water soluble and don’t stay around in your body.
Are you getting enough Lutein and Zeaxanthin?
It can be difficult to get the amounts of Lutein and Zeaxanthin your need from your diet (unless you are a ‘rabbit’ and eat leafy green veges- all day.….every day….!). So getting the right levels of these important nutrients can be tricky.
Supplementing can be best the best choice, and this is especially true if there is a family tendency towards eye health issues.
Fortunately, Lutein and Zeaxanthin combine really well with Bilberry, the wonder herb for the eyes.. Combining all three ingredients together ensures even better and more positive effects for AMD, and with the Bilberry added – in better circulation for your eyes.
Southernature Bilberry Vision Complete 1200
containing herbs and vitamins clinically proven to support healthy eye function, help eyes to adapt to variations in light intensity, and assist in maintaining the health and function of the retina and lens
- Bone , R , A., et al. (2003). Lutein and Zeaxanthin Dietary Supplements Raise Macular Pigment Density and Serum Concentrations of these Carotenoids in Humans. Biochemical and Molecular Actions of Nutrients. American Society for Nutritional Sciences.
- Braun, L., Cohen, M. (2007). Herbs & Natural Supplements. An evidence based guide. 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone. pp 178 – 182; 464 – 471.