Research indicates that a number of natural compounds can optimize vision health and assist with common vision problems.
Lutein and zeaxanthin
: These complementary carotenoids replenish macular pigment, protecting delicate photoreceptor cells and optimizing recovery from flash blindness and glares
. They are also the only antioxidants present in the eye’s lens, where they help to promote and maintain crystal clarity.
: This exciting antioxidant found in salmon and crustaceans is increasingly studied for its vision-optimizing biological activities. Astaxanthin reduces visual fatigue, accelerates focus speed and boosts retinal blood flow, helping to enhance delivery of other eye vitamins.
: This key eye vitamin, which also occurs as beta-carotene in carrots and other vegetables, is renowned for maintaining ideal vision in low-light settings. In addition to supporting overall retinal health, the nutrient is prominent in rhodopsin, the pigment crucial to healthy dark adaptation.
: A component in various berries, this flavonoid has been pinpointed as one that speeds up the activity of rhodopsin, allowing for quicker dark adaptation while optimizing visual acuity.
: A time-honored source of antioxidants, bilberry was included in the diets of English flying aces during World War II to support the speed of their dark adaptation. The nutrient-packed fruit also guards the photoreceptor cells of the retina, benefitting overall vision.
: Studies have shown that the anthocyanosides found in this fruit may support ideal dark adaptation and assist in optimizing visual acuity
: A valuable yellow-hued spice, saffron is rich with macula-nourishing antioxidant pigment. Saffron has been found to reduce vision problems related to glare, free radical damage and flash blindness.