Eastern medicine gets a pat on the back for telling us all along that everything that occurs inside our bodies is intimately connected . It seems that Western Medicine is finally catching on.
First we learned that Macular Degeneration of the eyes was much more likely in people with heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as those who smoke.
The Framingham Osteoporosis Study concluded that compounds commonly found in high concentration in eye vitamins are not only helpful for vision; they help promote healthy bone density as well. These magical compounds are called "carotenoids. They provide the natural orange and yellow pigments found in many plants and fruits. The common ones include Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Lycopene.
How do they work?
In the human body, carotenoids vacuum up harmful partially oxidized compounds, also known as "free radicals." By scooping up the free radicals, carotenoids prevent age-related injury to many tissues, including the delicate retina layer on the inside of the eye. The researchers were surprised by their discovery that the molecules helped bones also.
Vitamin Science was one of the first companies worldwide to add Lutein and Zeaxanthin to their VisiVite formulas. In addition their multivitamin, Co-Defense, contains Lycopene.