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We are currently out of stock of Vision Support, but hope to have a 60-capsule version available by the end of September or beginning of October. Sorry for any inconvenience that this poses. - Ben Kim
If you want to optimally protect your vision and decrease your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, you should know that a number of studies indicate that specific nutrients are vital to supporting the health of your eyes and improving your vision.
Some nutrients nourish the cells in your eyes and visual pathway. Other nutrients play critical roles in preventing free radical- induced damage to your retinae, which is a primary cause of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and vision deterioration.
Vision Support is a concise, professional grade blend of all of the nutrients that are known to nourish your eyes and assist the natural protective mechanisms that are at work to protect the tissues in your eyes, including your retinae.
All of the nutrients in Vision Support are derived from quality whole foods and herbs.
In short, this professional grade formula is specifically designed to help you maintain optimal eye function and prevent damage to the tissues in your eyes.
Vision Support Ingredients:
Organic Bilberry Powder - 50mg
Anthocyanins (from Black Currant Extract) - 50mg
Lutein (from Marigold Flower Extract) - 10mg
Astaxanthin (from Green Algae) - 2mg
Zeaxanthin (from Marigold Flower Extract) - 2mg
Serving Size: 1 Vegetable Capsule
Servings per Container: 30
Packaged in an amber glass jar
Free of dairy, gluten, soy, corn, eggs, shellfish, and all other common allergens
Lutein and Zeaxanthin from Marigold Flower Extract
Vision Support provides a special blend of lutein and zeaxanthin from marigold flower extract.
Lutein is a yellow-orange carotenoid that exists in plants to protect leaves against free radicals that are created whenever sunlight hits chlorophyll. Much in this same way, lutein acts to protect your eyes against free radicals that can cause macular degeneration and cataracts.
Zeaxanthin is another carotenoid that is found alongside lutein in green leafy vegetables and other plants. Zeaxanthin is found in high levels in the macular section of the eye, where it absorbs blue-violet light and neutralizes free radicals.
Together, lutein and zeaxanthin provide an armor-like defense for your eyes. These nutrients can help rebuild macular pigment and protect your eyes against harmful blue light. The net effect is protection against deterioration of vision.
People who have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) typically have only 60% of the total carotenoids that are found in healthy eyes. Research involving AMD patients has shown a 20% decrease in zeaxanthin levels.
Organic Bilberry Fruit Powder Plus Anthocyanins from Black Currant Seed Extract
Vision Support also includes organic bilberry fruit, which is abundant in anthocyanins and polyphenols, both groups of antioxidants that can provide significant protection against oxidative damage in your eyes. Anthocyanin content is bolstered by black currant seed extract, one of nature's richest sources of this class of antioxidants. The amount of anthocyanins in one capsule, if taken daily, can improve visual acuity at night and also ward off fatigue-related visual impairment.
Night vision may also be supported through bilberry's ability to increase regeneration of a pigment called rhodopsin, which is essential to clear night vision.
Bilberry supports healthy blood circulation in the eyes, which helps reduce eye strain and promotes healthy eye function in general.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that is known for its unique ability to prevent oxidation of your retinal tissues by UV rays. It provides many of the same benefits (improved blood circulation, neutralization of free radicals) as lutein and zeaxanthin, but is considered more powerful in its effects.
Vision Support includes the highest quality astaxanthin available - it is carefully extracted from algae without any chemical solvents, and is exceedingly stable.
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In addition to ensuring regular intake of the nutrients mentioned above, it's important to remember that your vision can be diminished by a number of factors, including poor overall health, poor food choices, lack of quality rest, lack of activity, and prolonged periods of staring.
Be sure to to review the following articles on how to promote optimal vision via simple exercises that you can perform every day:
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