From simple herb powders to diverse multivitamins, there is almost an endless supply of products designed to improve your health. Eye and vision health is no exception: there are plenty of dietary supplements boasting claims of improved vision or lower chances of eye disease.
Remember to always consult your eye doctor before beginning any regimen of supplements or vitamins, they can offer guidance and warning because they are familiar with your body and health history. As an introduction, here are some facts you should consider before downing any dosage of anything!
A list of helpful nutrients & a baseline amount to look for:
- Vitamin A & beta-carotene: Used in body for night vision, immune system and healing injuries. [at least 5,000 IU]
- Vitamin B-complex: Can reduce chronic swelling and prevent blood-flow problems in the eye. May help prevent macular degeneration and common causes of blindness.
- Vitamin C: Antioxidant than can reduce risk of cataracts. [250mg]
- Vitamin D: Can lower risk of macular degeneration.
- Vitamin E: Reduced risk of cataracts. [200mg]
- Lutein & zeaxanthin: May reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. [10mg/500mcg, respectively]
- Phytochemical antioxidants: Prevent oxidative stress in the entire body, including the eyes. Found in ginkgo biloba and bilberry.
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids: Essential nutrients that can reduce risk of dry eyes and may offer other benefits to vision. [2-3,000mg]
- Bioflavonoids: Increase absorption of vitamin C.
- Make sure any bottles you buy have unbroken seals and are not expired.
- Look for reputable manufacturers and consider organic alternatives that avoid filler ingredients like wheat, corn or dairy.
- Often capsules are more easily digested than tablets.
- Match the manufacturer’s serving size to your doctor’s prescribed dosage: one supplement a day may not be enough!
- Supplements are not a replacement for vitamins absorbed through food, so do not neglect a healthy diet or proper nutrition.