The Best Way to Keep Your Eyes Healthy for Life
Over 30 million Americans suffer from some degree of age-related vision loss, and millions more are sitting on the sidelines waiting to become another statistic. But it doesn’t have to be this way for you.
Experts aren’t sure what’s causing an alarming increase in the prevalence of vision problems, but poor nutrition, environmental toxins, harmful UV radiation and increased exposure to computer screens may be to blame.
Keep reading, because vision loss is not inevitable. I’m going to tell you about an amazingly simple and effective way to sharpen your vision and protect your eyes so that you can enjoy clear, healthy eyesight for life.
Why Do Eye Doctors Take Such a Passive Approach?
When you go to the eye doctor, you get an exam and then usually walk out with a stronger lens prescription. However, when was the last time your doctor discussed what you should be doing proactively to keep your eyes healthy?
The fact is, exciting new research shows that certain key nutrients can help put the brakes on vision loss, while at the same time reducing eyestrain, fatigue, dryness and redness. And if you take action NOW, you may even be able to improve your vision.
Yet, clearly patients aren’t being informed of this, since the American Optometric Association estimates that less than a third of Americans use nutritional strategies to help ward off vision loss.
Maybe someday, your doctor will hand you a pamphlet detailing the ways nutrition can preserve your vision. But until then, it’s up to you to learn how you can protect your eyes.
Understanding How Your Eyes Work
Your eyes are incredibly complex and sensitive organs. If you want to learn how to protect your eyes, it helps to understand how they work.
The colored part of your eye is the iris and its dark center is your pupil, which determines how much light to let into your eye. The lens sits behind the iris and pupil and focuses light onto the retina. The retina senses light from the lens and creates impulses that are sent to your brain. Maintaining clear lenses as you age is the key to keeping your vision intact, since they are essentially the gateway for everything you see.
Another important component of your eye is the macula, which produces your central vision. This enables you to read, drive and perform other activities requiring fine, sharp, straight-ahead vision.
All of these delicate structures are extremely vulnerable to free radical damage and inflammation, and protecting them from these dangers is how you maintain crisp and clear vision as you age.
Your Eyes Crave These Specific Nutrients
Twenty years ago, researchers discovered a profound link between certain key nutrients and eye health. They found that people who ate a diet high in carotenoids (a class of antioxidants found in brightly colored vegetables) had a 43% lower risk of vision problems. Scientists found that two carotenoids in particular, lutein and zeaxanthin, were most strongly associated with healthy vision.
Scientists now know that lutein and zeaxanthin act as natural antioxidants and absorb damaging blue light (such as that emitted by computer screens) and ultraviolet light from the sun. They have the unique ability to pass through the blood-retina barrier that other antioxidants can’t cross where they neutralize free radicals.[4,5]
Several studies have also suggested high dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with maintaining clear lenses, which, as I mentioned above, is key to healthy vision as you age.[6,7,8]
While you can get some lutein and zeaxanthin from food, research shows that by supplementing with high doses of these nutrients, you can actually rebuild macular pigment receptors, strengthen eye cell membranes and improve your visual acuity.
6,000x More Powerful Than Vitamin C
Just when scientists thought lutein and zeaxanthin were the most important nutrients for eye health, they discovered another carotenoid called astaxanthin that also has profound eye health benefits. Found only in a specific type of freshwater algae, astaxanthin is up to 500 times more potent than vitamin E, 800 times more powerful than CoQ10 and up to 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C![10,11]
Like lutein and zeaxanthin, astaxanthin can cross the blood-retina barrier and has also been shown to have the unique ability to protect specific parts of the eye that are critical to excellent sight as we age.
An exciting Italian study published in the journal, Ophthalmology, found that the combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin greatly improved the function of the retina, visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and overall quality of life related to vision.
Why You Need a Supplement for the Best Protection
The health benefits of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin are undeniable. But if you think you can get what you need from food, think again. You’d have to eat heaps of specific vegetables on a daily basis to get therapeutic levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin is barely present in food.
Your best bet is a high quality supplement formulated specifically for eye health. But you need to be extremely careful, since many companies cut corners with cheap inferior ingredients. And even more play what I call “the label game,” in which they list the right ingredients on the label to make it look good, but the amounts are so minuscule that they provide negligible benefits. Skimpy doses of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin simply won’t help you!
And here’s one more piece of advice. One problem with carotenoids is that often times your body doesn’t absorb them very well. To counter this, make sure you’re getting plenty of omega-3s at the same time. Omega-3s not only increase absorption of carotenoids, they’ve also been shown to promote healthy tear production and optimal lubrication of the eyes, which can keep dryness and redness to a minimum.[15,16]
A Simple, Affordable Vision Solution
Since vision problems are so widespread, I consider a vision support product an absolute “must-take” supplement. However, when I was looking at the different options available, I was shocked by how many low-quality formulas were out there.
So I worked with the Scientific Advisory Board at my nutritional supplement company Stop Aging Now to develop a complete, affordable and convenient vision support supplement that combines powerful doses of the highest quality lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin with essential plant-based omega-3s — all in just 1 pill per day. I call my breakthrough formula Vision360®.
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I invite you to do your own research to make sure I’m not just shamelessly promoting my own product, but here’s why I think you’ll find no other vision support product like Vision360:
- Only Vision360 is formulated with the revolutionary VisionPlex Carotenoid Complex™, which features the ideal blend of astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin for maximum vision protection.
- Vision360 features 200 mg of plant-based omega-3s in the form of alpha linoleic acid. Omega-3s are essential for optimal absorption of carotenoids and support healthy lubrication of your eyes.
- Vision360 is enhanced with vitamins D3, B2 and B12. These essential nutrients help to rejuvenate aging eyes by promoting a healthy inflammatory response, normal retinal function and optimal visual acuity.[17, 18, 19]
- Vision360 is enhanced with GMO-free sunflower-derived phospholipids to increase bioavailability of the carotenoids it contains.
- Vision360 is made in a FDA-inspected facility to meet or exceed stringent USP standards for quality, purity and potency.
- Vision360 is available for as little as $14.95 per bottle (which lasts a full month). This is up to 3 times less than similar high quality brands.
- Vision360 ships to you for free and comes with an amazing 365-day “any reason” guarantee. This way you risk nothing!
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Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.