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February 10, 2015

Vitamin Supplements for Your Eyes

Eye supplements are nutritional products containing vitamins and nutrients known to be beneficial for ensuring the health of your eyes. Poor diet is often associated with health problems like vision loss. Although supplements can’t completely make up for a deficient diet, they can provide a helpful boost to a normal, healthy one.

The following vitamins and minerals have shown to be beneficial to your eyes.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene
There are generally two types of Vitamin A: retinol, if derived from animals, and carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein, if derived from fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A strengthens the surface of the eye, the skin and mucous membrane, making them more efficient at keeping out bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of eye infections.

For those of you suffering from dry eyes, Vitamin A eyedrops may be effective.

Vitamin B complex
Vitamin B is known to reduce chronic inflammations and prevent heightened homocysteine levels in the blood, associated with vascular problems on the retina. Vitamin B can also reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids
Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids are extremely important antioxidants needed to keep your eyes healthy. Vitamin C helps the body maintain connective tissue including collagen in the corner of your eyes. It’s also known to protect the capillaries in the retina. Studies have shown that long-term consumption of Vitamin C may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Just about everything containing Vitamin C also contains Bioflavonoids, which help the body absorb the Vitamin C.

Vitamin D
Although Vitamin D deficiency is common worldwide, Supplement with Vitamin D may help decrease the risk of macular degeneration.

Vitamin E
Studies have shown reduced risk of cataracts for patients taking supplemental Vitamin E.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Of all the essential fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids may be the most helpful to your eye. Studies have shown that omega-3s may help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. They may also improve proper drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye, decreasing the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma. Many doctors recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids to reduce the risk of eye problems.

Be sure to buy your vision supplement as a multivitamin, to include most if not all of the above nutrients. Popular multivitamins include ICaps, Ocuvite PreserVision, Oculair and Macular Health Formula, to name a handful.

If you have further questions, please contact us our eye care professionals at 877-871-1684.

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