Nourish - Supporting Eye Health Naturally: Supplements | Part Three
Let me begin by saying this is a very much shortened list of what could be an enormously lengthy blog post on excellent supplements for eye health!
Of course, good nutrition is one of the most important ways to keep your eyes healthy and functioning optimally. However, there are times when a little support is needed via herbs and supplements. And that’s where this blog post comes in.
Many of us claim to be eating a great diet, however, vitamin deficiencies can creep up on us, even when we think we’re doing it all right. Perhaps you suffer from dry eyes due to a lack of essential fatty acids. Maybe that twitchy eye you get every now and again is from a lack of magnesium. Honestly, there’s no question that a vitamin/mineral deficiency can cause a multitude of eye problems.
If your diet is missing some key vitamins/minerals/nutrients on a day to day basis, then an adjustment of the diet and maybe a supplement or two may be what’s needed. The same goes for it you’ve already been diagnosed with a specific deficiency that could cause eye-related problems by your doctor.
I would like to reiterate that the supplements I am recommending are designed to add to, not replace, the nutrients that you are getting from a healthy balanced diet. Supplements cannot fully turn your health around if you eat a nutritionally poor diet. Without a doubt, a poor diet is associated with many serious health problems, which includes vision loss and eye degeneration.
Even so, supplements do have their place. Indeed, they provide an array of necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that research shows to be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision.
Astaxanthin, Zeaxanthin and Lutein
Especially important for eye health are these three of the top carotenoids: astaxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These carotenoids can easily pass through the blood-retinal barrier to get to the eyes to help protect and support eye health.
Astaxanthin is linked to the reduction of:
- eye dryness
- blurred vision
- plus, it has the ability to help support eye health after long periods of blue light exposure from digital screens. (Along with macular antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin).
Zeaxanthin and lutein are found in high concentrations in the macula of the eye and can block blue light from reaching the inner parts of the eye, including the retina. Additionally, these carotenoids also reduce the risk of light-induced damage that could lead to macular degeneration. See my previous blog for eye health here for more information about the effects of blue light.
Here are some supplements I would recommend that contain these gems for eye health:
No. 1 – A.Vogel Vision Complex
A.Vogel Vision Complex is a wonderful herbal product by A.Vogel. It contains essential nutrients that are good for eye health, including zinc, zeaxanthin, lutein and beta-carotene. Interestingly, these essential nutrients are naturally sourced from blackcurrants, carrot juice and the herb Tagetes. Because of this, it means they are a natural food source and not synthetic. This makes this supplement more easily recognised and absorbed by the body.
Herbal remedies such as Vision Complex are easily incorporated into your lifestyle to boost eye health and help maintain healthy eyes and good vision.
No. 2 – Terra Nova Bilberry, Lutein & Astaxanthin
Terra Nova Bilberry, Lutein and Astaxanthin is a wonderful eye health supplement. It contains:
- Bilberry fruit, an antioxidant-rich berry known for helping to maintain the health of the eye. Additionally, it helps to improve circulation and the health of the eye connective tissue
- Kale, a potent natural source of eye supportive nutrients lutein, zeaxanthin and sulphur
- Acai berry, a powerful antioxidant, boasting anthocyanin flavonoids and vitamin E benefits
- Watercress, containing our eye loving antioxidant carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
As mentioned earlier, Lutein & Astaxanthin are very important in the maintenance of healthy vision & eye health. Naturally, that makes this supplement a fantastic addition to a healthy balanced diet.
No. 3 – Nature’s Plus Ageloss Eye Support
This eye loving supplement complex from Nature’s Plus contains eye-protective antioxidants from grape seed, wild bilberry, blueberry, trans-resveratrol, quercetin and more. They help neutralize the free radicals that inflict the most damage on the delicate tissues of the eyes. In addition, this supplement is also home to Lutein, Astaxanthin and Zeaxanthin, vitamins A, C and E, along with the minerals zinc and selenium.
Additional supplements that I recommend for healthy eyes include:
No. 4 – Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are vitally important for eye health and may help to prevent against dry eyes and the degeneration of the retina (macular degeneration).
Our bodies can’t make these healthy fats by itself, which is why it is essential to get them from food or through supplementation.
No. 5 – Vitamin C
Undoubtedly a very powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C has been shown to:
- reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts
- help reduce and prevent eye dryness and vision defects
- provide vascular support
We stock an array of Vitamin C supplements, so you’re spoilt for choice.
No. 6 – Multivitamin and Mineral Complex
Unsurprisingly, our eyes need a variety of different nutrients to help them function at their optimum levels. These include vitamins A, C and E, B12, zinc, magnesium, selenium and folate, and these are just a few!
Multivitamin/mineral supplements should not be used to replace a healthy, balanced diet, but to complement healthy choices and fill in any nutritional gaps.
Some great ones include:
- Nature’s Plus Source Of Life Garden Organic Women’s Multi 90 Tablets or Men’s Once Daily Multi 30 Tablets
- Nature’s Plus Source Of Life Gold Liquid
- Viridian High Five Multivitamin And Mineral Formula
- Garden of Life Mykind Organic Women’s Once Daily 30S
Keep your eyes out for Part 4 coming soon!
Any questions? Drop into your local Nourish store to chat with our expert team and explore our full range of foods, supplements and skincare. You can also find our full product range in our online store.
Please be aware that this information is simply a guide to helping you take up some good lifestyle practices to look after your eye.
If you think there is something wrong with your eyes or that you are experiencing symptoms such as eye pain, bleeding of the eye or sudden blurry vision it is important you consult your optician or GP. Equally, always follow their advice. We only have one pair of eyes, so it’s important to look after them!
*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.