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March is Save Your Vision month, a good time to discuss the link between nutrition and eye health. There is a growing body of evidence showing key nutrients play a positive and protective effect on our eyes, helping to preserve vision. However, with so many different products and claims out there, it can be extremely confusing choosing the right supplements. To help simplify things, listed below are some of the most effective nutrients used to protect the eyes.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), have been shown to be important for proper visual development and retinal function. Several studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help protect adult eyes from age related macular degeneration (ARMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and dry eye syndrome. They also stimulate vision development in infants and children, making this supplement a great choice for people of all ages concerned about their vision.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin:
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two carotenoids found in the macula, and they help to protect the retina.Many studies have shown that these antioxidants reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including ARMD and cataracts. They also have a positive effect on the retina, reducing disability and discomfort from glare, enhancing contrast and increasing visual range.

Zinc:
Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, and plays an essential role in the production of melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. Vision problems, such as poor night vision and cloudy cataracts, have been linked with zinc deficiencies.

Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the cells of the eyes from damage caused by metabolic by-products called free radicals, which break down healthy tissue. Studies suggest that Vitamin E helps to delay the formation of cataracts and slow the progression of ARMD.

Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant. Evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts, along with slowing the progression of ARMD and vision loss.

To ensure that you are getting what you need to maintain the health of your eyes, try Pine Pharmacy’s Eye Health supplement, a simple and effective way to get the proper amounts of lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, C, E and many other key nutrients that protect the eyes. Also consider adding a high quality Fish Oil supplement, such as Metagenic’s EPA-DHA 720, for added benefit.