Discover the Essential Vitamins for Eyes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Vitamins for Eyes Customer Testimonial

“Before I started taking Vision Essentials, when driving, I could not see the road signs, until I got almost on them. Now I can see them way before I get to them. Also my eyes would cloud up; this doesn't happen anymore. 

One more thing, which surprised me: I always had to wear my glasses to read the small scrolling print at the bottom of the TV news, now I read it without my glasses.  I also took the product to my eye doctor to check everything in it.  He whole-heartedly approved, especially the zinc. 

My eye test comes next month, and I am anxious to see how much my eyesight improved. 

Thanks you so much for letting me tell you this.  I do tell other friends about this.

- Marium, Indiana

Black currant, lutein and zeaxanthin are the keys to total eye health and clear vision. Essential Vitamins for Eyes Lutein. 

  • Supports visual acuity and helps your eyes recover from nighttime glare.

  • Is in the carotenoid family. One serving of leafy, green vegetables supplies approximately 1 mg of lutein.

  • Is found in the following foods: eggs, kale, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, corn and garden peas.

  • Is a vigorous antioxidant that is slow to break down. Many researchers believe that lutein’s slow breakdown rate explains why it is present in the retina, which is constantly exposed to free radicals.

  • The eyes of the elderly, smokers, blue-eyed individuals and post-menopausal women have reduced lutein, and are especially helped with vitamins for the eyes.

  • Is  transported into a person’s retina in the same proportions found in his or her blood serum. So, increasing the amount of lutein in the blood through vitamins for the eyes increases the amount in the retina as well.

  • Studies indicate that lutein supplementation at doses ranging from 10-40 mg per day supports visual acuity in elderly patients.

  • In a two-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, patients who received 15 mg of lutein helped maintain visual function.

Zeaxanthin

  • Helps to maintain the health of your retina.

  • Protects against oxidative stress in the eye’s lens, and helps to improve your vision.

  • Is a carotenoid, a fat-soluble pigment with antioxidant activity.

  • Is found in foods such as collard greens, kale, eggs, corn and garden peas.

  • Is one of two carotenoids present in the central area of the retina, called the macula. It exists in a 1:1 ratio with lutein, but foods typically have a 5:1 lutein to zeaxanthin ratio, making its inclusion in vitamins for eyes crucial.

  • As macular pigments, lutein and zeaxanthin absorb blue light, the highest energy that reaches the retina. This is important to help maintain the eye’s photoreceptors and the retinal lining.

  • Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids that are present in the lens of the eye. They have been shown to help maintain proper lens density, which is necessary to maintain the health of the lenses and is associated with better visual acuity.

  • Recent epidemiological studies suggest that lutein and zeaxanthin play a protective role against oxidative stress (free radical stress) in the epithelium and cortex of the human lens.

  • Recently, researchers found that lutein and zeaxanthin are also found in eye tissues other than the macula, including the lens, choroids and ciliary body.

  • Other foods that contain zeaxanthin are turnip greens, lettuce, spinach and tangerines.

Black Currant

  • Studies show that within 30 minutes, black currant can improve your night vision significantly.

  • A cousin to blueberries and cranberries, black current contains anthocyanosides, which protect rhodospin (the photosensitive chemical in your eyes that’s essential for sight) from free radical damage.

  • Black currant also promotes the antioxidant defense enzymes in your retinal epithelial cells, and supports blood vessels and collagen production in the retina—which is critical to eye health and night vision.

  • In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, subjects given 50 mg of black currant anthocyanosides adapted significantly better to the dark than those receiving the placebo—within just 30 minutes. Plus, they had less eye fatigue when performing a visually tiring task.

  • In another study, participants were given a drink containing 40 mg of black currant anthocyanosides. As in the first study, they could see significantly better in the dark—once again within just 30 minutes.

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All Vitamins for Eyes are Not Equal

Be sure that the formula you choose has key ingredients like lutein, black currantand zeaxanthin, and that they’re present in the right amounts. Only then can you be assured you’re getting the best vitamins for eyes to support visual acuity, sharpness and improved night vision.

Vision Essentials contains 17 key nutrients, all in very exact amounts. Of course, lutein, zeaxanthin and black currant are included, and play a critical role in helping to alleviate dry, tired eyes and improve night vision.

In addition to lutein, zeaxanthin and black currant, Vision Essentials also includes:

  • Zinc, an antioxidant that helps protect the retina, where it's more concentrated than in any other organ; it's especially effective when combined with beta-carotene and vitamin C

  • Copper to balance the zinc, and for added antioxidant protection

  • Strong antioxidant protection from a host of free–radical fighters

  • Additional protection from UV radiation with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and taurine

  • Schisandra berry to relieve tired, dry, blurry eyes and reduce eyestrain

  • Pure beta-carotene for clear, sharp vision—based on the latest AREDS study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, which show beta-carotene, when combined with other vitamins for eyes, is what your eyes require for healthy vision and more!

Other vitamins for eyes may contain some of these ingredients, but none we’ve found include the exact amounts Dr. Whitaker recommends and has included in Vision Essentials.

Vision Essentials Supports Total Eye Health

  • Our lens makes sure that light rays reflected off the objects we’re trying to see come into sharp focus.

  • The macula, the highly sensitive portion of the retina, is also responsible for focusing our vision. When we stare deeply at anything—a book, ballgame or even into the eyes of a loved one—the macula is critically important.

Together, these two parts of your eyes are responsible for visual acuity and sharpness—the true nature of clear sight. And fortunately for us, nutritional science holds the key to supporting them.

Free-form lutein, along with the antioxidant zeaxanthin (2mg), are vitamins for eyes that help maintain proper lens density, and shields both the lens and macula from free-radical damage.

  • If your eyes were cameras, the retinas would act as the film, responsible for producing a clear image, and acting as the place of focus for rays of light that enter through the lenses.

  • Your optic nerve transmits this final “printed picture” to your brain for you to ultimately see and enjoy.

  • To promote optimal retinal health, make sure you get an adequate supply of zeaxanthin, as it helps absorb light and guards against free-radical damage, while keeping your eye cells health and maintaining good circulation. 

Circulation in and around the eye is the lifeline to keeping your eye tissues healthy and strong.

Lutein (15mg), black currant extract (200 mg) and zeaxanthin (2mg) all work hard to enhance the circulation of blood throughout your eye vessels and cells.

More Good News About Vitamins for Eyes

A brand new study shows that taking lutein, zeaxanthin and black currant together—in the amounts you’re getting in Vision Essentials—may reduce the signs of visual fatigue.

Plus, a recent study showed that participants who took vitamins for eyes, including 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily for four months (which you get in Vision Essentials) had a significant improvement in their glare tolerance. After six months, their recovery time for seeing clearly again after being “blinded” by bright light significantly decreased.

Vision Essentials Protects Against Two Separate Threats

 It’s really a “Catch-22”—we need adequate light to penetrate our eyes so we can see at all, but UV rays exact a toll on eye tissues over time … from your lens, macula and cornea, down to the smallest of rods and cones.

And like cells throughout our bodies, our eyes aren’t spared the dangers of free radicals and oxidative stress either. That’s why vitamins for eyes like Vision Essentials include a full range of protection from this dangerous, dual threat.

You start with the antioxidant power of zeaxanthin which, in the right amounts, provides special protection to your lenses by keeping free radicals at bay so they remain bright and clear.

With the power of black currant, lutein and zeaxanthin plus other key nutrients—you can get the optimal vision protection! The Vision Essentials protection!

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