Why You Should Be Using Eye Supplements
If you’ve been suffering from dwindling vision or are seeking a way to prevent it happening in the future, chances are you’ve come across some of the swathes of recent research highlighting the link between numerous nutrients and eye health.
And then there’s the growing market for all-in-one eye supplements to add to the wealth of information out there.
How do you know what you should be looking out for when it comes to protecting one of your body’s most valuable assets? In this article, we aim to find out.
Check your daily multivitamin
If you already supplement with a daily multivitamin, take a closer look. Chances are it already contains stacks of the vitamins and nutrients essential to healthy eyes.
The below compounds are thought by leading professionals to help maintain various facets of eye health, and prevent disease and decline. When consumed at these levels each day – how does yours match up?
- Vitamin C (250 mg)
- Vitamin E (200 mg)
- Beta-carotene (5,000 IU)
- Zinc (25 mg)
- Zeaxanthin (500 mcg)
- Selenium (100mcg)
- Lutein (10 mg)
- Calcium (500 mg)
- Thiamin (2mg)
- Folic acid (800 mcg)
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids (2,000-3,000 mg)
- N-acetyl cysteine (100 mg)
- Alpha lipoic acid (100 mg)
The Research Behind Eye Supplements
If you don’t fancy taking stacks of individual vitamin capsules each day, or if you have serious concerns about eye conditions, then there are a number of tailored eye supplements and vitamin combinations you can look to.
And the benefits are proven, too. Here’s two examples:
Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
According to the National Eye Institute’s Age-Related Eye Disease Study, high doses of the antioxidants vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 IU) and beta-carotene (15 mg/25,000 IU), as well as zinc (8 mg), are proven to reduce the risk of vision loss from AMD in people with intermediate AMD and AMD in one eye.
The follow-up to this study aimed to see if this combination could become more powerful with other additions. First omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) were added, before a combination of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which we often consume via leafy green vegetables and bright fruit and vegetables.
The results highlighted that while the addition of omega 3 to the AREDS formula had no impact of the progression of AMD. Participants that added lutein and zeaxanthin showed greater protection from the risk of developing AMD.
For people who have already lost vision or were displaying early stage AMD, however, the formula lost impact. It is for these people that targeted eye supplements are likely to have the best impact. There are stacks of popular brands on the market, including MacuShield, Caps and Performance Lab®.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Other studies have shown that the development of dry eye syndrome can be accelerated by antioxidant deficiencies. People taking eye supplements heavy on the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 have seen strong results in supporting tear formation and eye lubrication.
Choosing A Good Eye Supplement
As with anything, eye supplements aren’t a miracle cure. As the name suggests, they are designed to supplement, not replace, a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.
One thing to note is that if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any blood thinning medication. You should check with your doctor before embarking on any supplementation to improve your eye health.
Your eyes are a valuable asset, so it’s important to do your research and ensure your supplement is safe. Here are our other top tips when buying the right eye supplement for your needs:
- Check the expiration date and safety seal
- Opt for a reputable manufacturer
- Organic ingredients are often higher quality
- Avoid fillers like wheat, corn and dairy
- Ensure any supplements containing omega 3 fatty acids are free from contaminants like mercury