It is Eye Health Week, a time dedicated to focus on the wellbeing of our most precious sense, our vision. Taking proactive steps to maintain and improve our eye health has never been more crucial especially with the increase in screens and digital devices becoming a necessary part of our daily lives.
Fortunately, there is a solution within reach, the power of nutrition in supporting eye health. As we go into this week, let us explore the benefits of certain nutrients and discover how they can help safeguard our eyesight for a brighter and clearer future.
Maintaining optimal eye health is essential for overall wellbeing and we have the perfect food supplement to help support and protect your eyes. Introducing our eye support supplement, OptimEyes. OptimEyes supports against the development and advancement of common eye conditions, here’s how:
Vitamin A is vital for good vision and is a component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables the retina to absorb light. Rhodopsin is also really important for night vision. When exposed to dim light, rhodopsin helps the eye to adapt quickly ad become more sensitive to low levels of light.
Vitamin A also contributes to maintaining the health of the cornea, which is the clear, outermost layer of the eye. Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant in the eye helping to protect against harmful free radicals that can damage eye cells and tissues.
It can be found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and leafy greens.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which means it helps protect the eyes from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can lead to the development of age-related eye conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Vitamin C is also essential for the production of collagen, a structural protein found in the cornea, the clear, outermost layer of the eye. Collagen provides the cornea with strength, elasticity and transparency.
Vitamin C can also help strengthen the walls of the blood vessels, making them more resilient and less prone to damage.
Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits and strawberries.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that play a crucial role in supporting and maintaining eye health, primarily by protecting the eyes from damage caused by harmful light and oxidative stress.
Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. It occurs when the cells in the macula break down and deteriorate. A good intake of lutein and zeaxanthin is associated with a reduced risk of developing AMD. These carotenoids protective effects on the macula may help slow the progression of AMD in individuals.
These are commonly found in dark leafy greens like spinach and kale.
Zinc plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system. This is important because a strong immune system helps the body defend against eye infections and inflammation.
Zinc is also a component of various enzymes and proteins that play a role in maintaining the structural integrity of eye tissues. This includes the cornea, retina and other parts of the eye.
Zinc is included in the OptimEyes formula as a result of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS 2) study. The study concluded that supporting the supplementation of zinc along with vitamins A and C can slow Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Zinc is found in foods like oysters, red meat and poultry.
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to have a higher antioxidant capacity than other carotenoids such as beta carotene or lutein. Antioxidants help protect against harmful free radicals that can damage cells and tissues in the eye.
Astaxanthin’s anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce fatigue and discomfort associated with prolonged screen time or other activities that require intense visual concentration.
This is commonly found in seafood such as salmon and shrimp.
As we wrap up this newsletter, let’s remember that our eyes truly are the windows to the world and preserving their wellbeing is paramount. We hope you enjoyed learning about our supplement Optimeyes and how this has the nutrients to support your eyes and maintain optimal eye health this National Eye Health Week. By combining a balanced diet and regular eye checks we can ensure that our eyes continue to shine brightly in years to come. Remember, healthy eyes are a lifelong investment in the beauty of the world around us.
Stacie Henson has been working at Metabolics for two years and has immersed herself in learning more about Metabolics products and nutrition generally.
She has completed basic nutrition courses and recently completed a Level 4 Nutrition Diploma. Stacie is currently studying for a Level 4 Transformational Nutrition course to further her experience and knowledge to better support Metabolics customers.