Say Can You See? It’s Healthy Vision Month

We are so affected by what we see, and impacted by what we read and do; vision is key for learning and pure enjoyment.

The National Eye Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health or NIH), encourages us to take care of our eyes and protect our vision. Now more than ever with increased blue-light gazing (the type of light given off by our personal devices such as phones, tablets, computers and some smart TVs), this advice is sound.

But more than that, protection – including quality sunglasses, diet and supplementation – will help if not prevent at least prolong the onset of eye diseases. Approximately 38 million of us (one in eight Americans) have common eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Family history will determine to a large degree if you will also develop a specific eye condition.

The NEI recommends eating as much of the following foods as you want: fish such as salmon, spinach, dark, leafy greens, almonds and eggs. And of course, carrots. When we speak of color-eating for health, in this case, the yellows and oranges have the most to offer eyes – beta-carotene is the carotenoid (type of antioxidant that provides the color of the food containing it). Other carotenoids shown to help protect vision include zeaxanthin and lutein, and astaxanthin (a red carotenoid).

Astaxanthin is a prominent carotenoid in our Fucosea Family – a nourishing dietary supplement that promotes healthy aging. It is especially supportive for vision health, notably for an increasing problem plaguing almost all adults in our modern world. Asheniopia (eye fatigue) is caused frequently by too much work on a flat-screen device – computer, tablet, smartphone and TV, all which tend to emit a blue light. IN the work environment alone, the average employee spends more than 45 hours in front of a computer screen every week. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the USA found that over 88% of office workers reported eyestrain. Young people who spend hours gaming are also not immune to this condition — another report from Europe showed that 23% of children suffer from eye fatigue due to heavy use of video games.

Some earlier studies have shown that astaxanthin supplementation lessens eye fatigue by neutralizing free radicals that generate inflammation often associated with chronic visual stress. One study gave individuals who worked in front of visual display monitors 5 mg astaxanthin per day for one month or placebo. After one month, slightly more than half (54%) of the astaxanthin group reported significantly diminished eye strain, compared to only 8% in the placebo group.

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