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Nutrition certainly plays a factor in maintaining proper eye health. More importantly, a combination of vitamins and minerals may be key to meeting your eyes’ specific set of nutrient needs, preventing the onset or progression of vision loss.

Vitamin C for Protection Against Free Radical Damage

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition of irreversible vision loss, typically seen in individuals over 60, caused by the deterioration of the macula, the central point of the retina. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the eyes against damaging free radicals and reduces the risk of this condition progressing by 25 percent. It is also necessary for the production of the protein collagen, which provides structure to the eye’s cornea and sclera.

Vitamin C also helps lower one’s risk of developing cataracts, yet another primary cause of vision loss due to blurry, cloudy vision. One observational study showed a significant 75 percent reduction in risk of developing cataracts with daily vitamin C supplementation of more than 490 mg as opposed to those who only took 125 mg or less.

Foods high in vitamin C such as citrus and tropical fruits, bell peppers, broccoli and kale are beneficial additions to daily supplementation of vitamin C for improved eye health.

Vitamin E to Help Reduce Imbalance of Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Like vitamin C, vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that specifically protects cells in your body, including your eyes, from harmful, unstable molecules of free radicals. With many eye health conditions and diseases associated directly with oxidative stress – which is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals in the body – supplementation of these antioxidants are vital to limit the worsening of eye conditions.

Studies have found people with higher dietary intakes of vitamin E, 20 mg (30 IU) a day, lower their risk of developing AMD by 20 percent compared to those with diets that contain lower vitamin E intake. A diet rich in vitamin E including foods such as salmon, avocado and leafy green vegetables are recommended to maintain adequate eye health and vision.

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Lutein & Zeaxanthin Help Protect From Harmful UV Rays and Blue Light

Members of the carotenoid family, lutein and zeaxanthin play an important role in the body’s visual system. Preliminary studies indicate lutein supplements may also help prevent or slow the development of AMD and cataracts.

The most concentrated amount of lutein in the body is in the macular region of the retina. The macula is a small, yellow area near the center of the eye that is very sensitive tissue, making it vulnerable to sun damage. Lutein can help protect eye health by filtering harmful excess blue and ultraviolet light, acting as an internal pair of sunglasses. Lutein also shields the macula from getting too much light.

If your family has a history of AMD or if you have any early indicators you may be developing the condition, we recommend adding Cooper Complete Eye Health to your supplement regimen.

In addition, lutein also protects the lens of the eye from light damage, therefore slowing the development of cataracts. Supplementation of lutein may help reduce the risk of severe cataracts, indicating it could improve visual acuity for patients with existing cataracts.

Taking as little as 10 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin daily can yield great benefit, along with including lots of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet to naturally increase these amounts. Consuming five to nine servings of cooked spinach, kale or collard greens, which are are particularly high in these carotenoids, is conducive to eye health.

See For Yourself! 

Cooper Complete Eye Health is the ideal product for people with vision and eye health concerns as the product contains these and other ingredients known to support ocular health. Our scientific advisory team developed Eye Health under the assumption adults would take the product with a Cooper Complete multivitamin.

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