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GNC Preventive Nutrition® Eye Health Formula
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GNC Preventive Nutrition® Eye Health Formula60 softgels
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- Supports eye health with Lutemax™ 2020 lutein proven to deliver 2x greater absorption.*
- Supports healthy eye function with potent carotenoid antioxidant blend.*
- Provides structural support for the eyes with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid essential for proper vision.*
Essential Vitamin & Minerals- Both vitamin A and beta-carotene are required by eyes for normal, healthy function.* Also contains vitamins C and E and essential minerals such as selenium, copper and zinc that play an integral role in maintaining normal ocular function.*
Antioxidant & Structural Support- Provides powerful antioxidants, including lutein, zeaxanthin and glutathione that work to protect eyes from oxidative damage.* The superior form of lutein in this formula has been shown to have 268% greater bioavailability than regular lutein. Zeaxanthin, a carotenoid found in the retina, has also been shown to support eye health.* DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in the eye membranes and is an important structural component of the eye for healthy vision.*
Blood Flow Support- Contains important nutrients to support healthy blood flow which is essential for eye healthy, including resVida® Resveratrol, clinically shown to enhance blood vessel dilation**, and bilberry, an antioxidant that helps protect ocular cells and supports enhanced blood circulation and healthy eye function.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Supplement Facts
As a dietary supplement, take two softgel capsules daily with food.
Serving Size 2 Softgel Capsules Servings Per Container 30 Amount Per Serving % DV Calories from Fat 10.00 Calories 10.00 Copper (as Copper Gluconate) 2.00 mg 100% Selenium (as sodium selenate) 70.00 mcg 100% Total Fat 1.00 g 2% Vitamin A (50% as beta-Carotene and 50% as Fish Liver Oil) 5000.00 IU 100% Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 15.00 IU 50% Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) 15.00 mg 100% Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 500.00 mg 833% Antioxidant & Structural Support Complex 0.00 ** DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)(as Fish Body Oil) 200.00 mg ** Setria™ L-Glutathione 50.00 mg ** Lutemax 2020™ Lutein 20.00 ** Zeaxanthin 4.00 ** Blood Flow Support Blend 0.00 ** Bilberry Fruit Powder (Vaccinium myrtillus) 160.00 mg ** resVida® trans-Resveratrol 30.00 mg ** ** Daily Value (DV) not established
- Health Notes
Antioxidants and Omega-3s Team Up for Eye HealthAntioxidants and Omega-3s Team Up for Eye HealthEating oily fish one or more times per week may slash the risk of macular degeneration
Color my macula
The macula is a bright yellow spot located near the center of the retina in the back of the eye. It helps protect the retina from harmful blue light and is responsible for sharp, central vision.
Two carotenoids-lutein and zeaxanthin-lend the macula its color. Since humans don't make these substances, macular health depends upon the diet to provide them.
Age-related macular degeneration is a condition characterized by destruction of the macula, which can eventually lead to central vision loss. Macular degeneration is more common in older people, women, smokers, people with high blood pressure, Caucasians, people with a family history of the disease, people with light-colored eyes, and obese people.
In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, the omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration.
A winning combo for eye health
The study investigated the effect of a dietary supplement containing lutein, zeaxanthin, DHA, and EPA on antioxidant capacity and macular pigment density in 172 people with age-related macular degeneration. Higher antioxidant capacity is associated with better free-radical protection and higher macular pigment density is associated with decreased macular degeneration risk.
The people were divided into three groups. For 12 months, Group 1 took 10 mg lutein, 1 mg zeaxanthin, 100 mg DHA, and 30 mg EPA per day; Group 2 took 20 mg lutein, 2 mg zeaxanthin, 200 mg DHA, and 60 mg EPA per day; and Group 3 took a placebo.
Antioxidant capacity, blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, and macular pigment density increased significantly in groups 1 and 2 after one month of taking the supplement and remained high throughout the study. At the end of the 12 months, people in Group 2 had significantly higher blood levels of DHA and EPA compared with Group 1 and the placebo group.
An ounce of prevention
Even if macular degeneration runs in your family, there's a lot you can do to decrease your risk:
- Don't smoke. People who smoke are about two times more likely to develop macular degeneration than are nonsmokers.
- Eat fish. Eating oily fish one or more times per week may slash the risk of macular degeneration by up to 50%.
- Start moving. Getting regular exercise can significantly lower the risk of macular degeneration.
- Eat a low glycemic index diet. People who eat more high-glycemic-index foods, like white bread, sugar, and potatoes, have a substantially higher risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who eat lower glycemic index foods.
- Be colorful. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in all sorts of leafy green veggies such as spinach, kale, and collard greens, as well as corn, zucchini, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and egg yolks.
Lesa Werner, a naturopathic doctor with a background in ophthalmology says, "Some people might need an extra boost of lutein and zeaxanthin to help prevent macular degeneration." Werner suggests eating foods that are rich in these nutrients along with some fat and taking a digestive enzyme to increase their absorption.
(JAMA Ophthalmol 2013;doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.2851)Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation's premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.
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