Eye health is extremely important, especially as we get older. Check our our top 5 nutritional and herbal ingredients for optimal eye health!
- Vitamin A- When your mum said “eat your carrots, they help you see in the dark” she was on to something. Carrots contain the precursor for vitamin A which is an essential component of the special pigments which enable sight and maintain moisture in the mucous membranes of the eye. Symptoms indicative of low vitamin A include poor vision in dim light and dry, irritated eyes and degenerative eye diseases.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin- Lutein and zeaxanthin are pigments which block blue light from damaging the retina and macula. These molecules are shown to slow the development of degenerative age related eye conditions and glare induced eye damage. Great for those with degenerative eye changes and to protect the vision of those who may be regularly exposed to glare, bright light or computer screens
- Docahexaenoic acid (DHA)-The retina of the eye has the body’s highest concentrations of DHA. Adequate DHA is required to maintain the optimal structure and function of the eye, especially the structures in the eye which facilitate peripheral vision and vision in low light. DHA also acts as an antioxidant to help guard against the eye changes seen in macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
- Bilberry- Bilberry contains anthocyanins: powerful antioxidant compounds that support healthy eye tissue whilst also assisting with the maintenance of circulation to the eyes. Good circulation and healthy tissues support the maintenance of good visual adaptation to light, normal night vision and general eye function and health. I think of Bilberry as the go to herbal support for stressed, tired, dry and weakened eyes
- Eyebright- Eyebright is a soothing, cooling herb which has been used traditionally for most eye ailments. I think it is best used for itchy scratchy eyes either from infection or hay fever or as a tonic for tired eyes.