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Eye Health and Cognitive Function Linked to Lutein levels

Lutein is a supplement that should be taken as levels start to decline. It promotes good cognitive health as well as eye health.

I recently read an important article linking Lutein and brain function on Dr. Andrew Weil’s site. 

Dr. Weil states that “new research suggests that the higher your lutein levels at midlife, the more likely it is that your brain will work like a younger person’s as you get older.”

The study was conducted on 60 adults between the ages of 25 and 45. Participants had the lutein levels in their eyes measured. Next, electrodes placed on the scalp measured neural activity in the brain while the participants performed a task testing attention.

Results showed that the older study participants with higher levels of lutein had neural responses that were more like younger participants.

Study leader Anne Walk, University of Illinois, noted that new findings suggest that cognitive decline can start earlier than expected and that some differences show up in the 30s. She adds that lutein seems to have a protective role in this decline.

“As people get older, they experience typical decline,” said Dr. Anne Walk, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“However, research has shown that this process can start earlier than expected. You can even start to see some differences in the 30s.”

Most studies examining the effects of lutein have looked at its effects on eye health. The University of Michigan Health System points to one trial that found that supplementing with 15 mg of lutein three times a week for one year significantly improved visual function in subjects suffering from cataracts. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reports that one trial study found that taking 10 mg a day resulted in improved vision in patients with macular degeneration.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of Lutein and find out which foods contain lutein.

Nordic Naturals PRO DHA EYEOne favorite supplement which we recommend to our clients is Nordic Naturals Pro DHA Eye. 

The fish oil in Pro DHA Eye provides an ideal delivery system for the lutein and zeaxanthin, and regular supplementation with Ultimate DHA Eye is a convenient way to achieve the combined benefits of these nutrients.

This formula contains 20 mg of Lutein.

Focus on Your Eye Health

Eye health may not be something you are thinking about on a daily basis but it’s a vital component to your quality of life. 

Vitamin Spray Vision Support The fact is, as you age, your eye health may start to deteriorate.

Your eyes are susceptible to macular degeneration; cataracts, glaucoma, retinal nerve damage, loss of eye strength and partial vision loss. This is why it’s so important that you make an effort to keep your eyes functioning as healthy as possible.

What can you do to take care of your eyes in addition to seeing your eye doctor?

Make sure you are not deficient in vital nutrients which support eye health.

Vitamin Spray Vision Support contains all the nutrients you need to fight agains macular degeneration.

What are the nutritional superstars in Vision Support Spray?

Lutein and Zeaxanthin – protect the eyes from oxidative stress and repair cells

Bilberry extract – strengthens eye tissue; supports night vision

Ginkgo Biloba – supports blood circulation to the eyes

MSM – facilitates absorption into the cells of the eyes

L-Taurine – strengthens the retina; keeps lenses moist

Quercetin – keeps the lenses clear and sparkling

Rutin – a phenolic antioxidant; scavenges free radicals

Keep your eyes healthy. Spray two times daily. 


More about the powerful carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

They are two carotenoids which are antioxidants that are located in the eye. The purpose of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in nature is to absorb excess light energy in order to prevent plants from being damaged by too much sunlight.

It works in the same way with your eyes. Lutein is concentrated in the yellow macular pigment, and zeaxanthin is present in the center of the macula.

Zeaxanthin has been shown to decrease the risk and symptoms of macular degeneration and protect eye tissues from the dangers of oxidative stress and high-energy blue light from our computer screens.

Lutein and zeaxanthin also influence the growth and repair of cells.

Studies have shown that nutrition plays an important role in eye health.

Naturally the levels of carotenoids tend to diminish as you age, this is why it’s vital to replenish these levels through your diet.

We have all been raised with the idea that carrots are good for eye health, they provide beta carotene which helps absorb Vitamin A. While Vitamin A is good for the eyes it’s a nutrient which most people aren’t deficient in.

What foods contain these nutrients?

Lutein and zeaxanthin are both found together in foods such as green vegetables: kale, broccoli and spinach. Eggs are also a good source.

Learn more about nutrition and eye health by clicking here.

Take advantage of our Vitamin Spray Vision Support special, buy two and take 50% off the second bottle. No coupon needed.

Are We Being Overexposed to Blue Light?

Overexposed to Blue Light?

A macro shot of a pretty eye and lashes

Based on the opinion from a recent Nordic Naturals educational article, for lots of us the answer is yes, we are overexposed to to blue light .

Why?

This is because cell phones, TV, computers and LEDs have increased our exposure to blue light a lot.

What is Blue Light?

Sunlight is made up of a complete spectrum of colors. Each of the colors has a specific wavelength. When the wave lengths are longer they are less energetic but when they are shorter the wave lengths are more energetic.

Blue light happens to be one of the shortest and most energetic wave lengths.

It has a very rapid up-and-down action and this causes a flickering effect which in turn can strain the eyes.

What happens to our eyes as a result of blue light overexposure?

Overexposure together with the eye’s inability to block out blue light efficiently can lead to blue light damage.

The cornea and lens do block harmful UV light however blue light is not blocked and it passes through to the retina which is light sensitive.

In the short term this type of exposure may lead to blurred vision, dry eyes, eye fatigue, strains, and even headaches.

Then, long term exposure may result in retinal damage and other age-related eye problems.
Nutrients that provide Natural Defense.

Fortunately, lutein and zeaxanthin naturally defend the eyes by filtering out blue light.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are what we refer to as carotenoids.

  • They are found in high concentrations in the eye’s macula.
  • They give the macula it’s yellow color. It’s the macular pigment that is able to be an optical filter that protects against light and also aids in easing the damage that is caused by blue-light*.

Omega-3 EPA and DHA also play an important role in eye health.

EPA helps to reduce excessive cellular stress and inflammation, which may be found with eye dryness*.

DHA supports the production of meibum, which is a lipid-rich secretion that contributes to health of the ocular surface.*

Nordic Naturals ProDHA Eye helps overexposed to blue lightAll these natural nutritional nutrients, i.e. Omega-3, lutein, and zeaxanthin are found in our food, however, often we don’t eat enough of those foods that contain these specific nutrients.

Nordic Natural’s ProDHA Eye is an excellent choice. They only use superior high quality omegas.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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