Eye Health (General)

See also:

AMG

Bilberry (vacdnium myrtillus)

Research studies confirm that bilberry extract offers significant benefits in the prevention and treatment of various eye dysfunctions. The active anthocyanosidc flavonoids in bilberry improve the circulation to the eyes, increase oxygen and energy levels in the eye tissue, and possess powerful antioxidant and connective tissue strengthening properties.

Ginkgo (ginkgo biloba)

The herb ginkgo has demonstrated impressive protective effects against free radical damage to the retina in experimental studies. The ability of its active compounds to enhance circulation and protect capillaries would be of additional benefit.

Eye bright

Eyebright is probably the best known of all herbal eye tonics and is reported to be supportive to the associated mucous membranes. The astringent compounds in eyebright are used to provide a tonic effect for the eyes and reduce sinus congestion, stinging, sensitivity to light, weeping eyes and catarrhal conditions.

Lutein

The antioxidant carotenoid Lutein is one of the most abundant protective compounds found in eye tissue. Research shows that lutein benefits the integrity of the macula, and may represent one of the most important preventative agents against degenerative eye disorders such as macular degeneration.

Antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A, C and E, selenium, zinc)

Nutritional antioxidants reduce the activity of free radicals and thus the damage caused by them. Free radical damage is a primary factor in the development of degenerative conditions of the eye.

Eye Health Summary

Nutrient/Herb Typical intake range

Eyebright extract (4:1 )

Bilberry Berries (25% anthocyanosides) (1)

Ginkgo biloba extract

(24% ginkgoflavoglycosides) (2)

Lutein

Antioxidant formula

500 – 1 500mg per day

60 – 1 80mg per day

60 – 1 80mg per day

1 – 1 5mg per day

As per manufacturer’s instructions

Reduce/avoid

Fried foods

Burnt foods

Trans/hydrogenated fats

Pesticide exposure

Artificial additives/preservatives

Increase

Yellow/orange vegetables

Fruit (especially berries)

Nuts and seeds

Organic foods

Whole grains

Lifestyle Factors

• Stop Smoking (smoking more than doubles risk of developing macular degeneration)

• Limit exposure to UV light (wear sunglasses in bright sunlight)

• Limit exposure to environmental toxins and other sources of free radicals

Footnotes

1. Do not use during pregnancy or lactation. Concurrent use with Warfarin, anti-platelet medication, insulin and oral hypoglycaemic medication under medical supervision only.

2. Do not use during pregnancy or lactation. May decrease the action of Warfarin. Concurrent use with insulin and oral hypoglycaemic medication under medical supervision only. Do not use with MAOI anti-depressants.