See - Nutrition For Eyes
SEE® is a science based formulation of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants specifically designed for complete eye health support.
Your ophthalmologist will be the first to tell you that proper nutrition and a good eye vitamin formula is absolutely vital for healthy eyes and may play an important role in the fight against cataracts and macular degeneration. SEE is an all-natural die eye vitamin supplement packed with the nutrients your eyes need most.
Ultraviolet light from the sun bombards your eyes, producing harmful by-products called "free-radicals". SEE contains ample doses of free-radical destroying anti-oxidants like Beta-Carotene, Omega 3, Vitamins A, C, and E, and Bilberry Extract to help protect your eyes and keep them healthy and strong.
SEE Eye Vitamin Ingredients:
Three Tablets Contain: Bilberry Extract (4:l PE) 10mg, Omega 3 Flax Meal (partially defatted) 500mg, Beta-Carotene (pro vitamin A) 25,000IU, Vitamin A (palmitate) 5,000IU, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 1000mg, Natural Vitamin E (D-Alpha Succinate) 200IU, Citrus Bioflavonoid 250mg, Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) 40mg, Rutin NF (bioflavonoid) 100mg, Selenium (selenomethionine) 100mcg, Pantothenic Acid (d- Calcium Pantothenate) 40mg, Chromium (GTF) 200mcg, Zinc (citrate) 25mg, Lutein 5mg. For more on each of the ingredients in SEE, scroll down this page.
Why Eye Vitamins?
As we age, the importance of vitamins increases drastically for a couple of reasons. Our body starts to naturally get tired from working for so many years, and needs more vitamins and nutrients to keep it working healthily and properly. Second, our body tends to have a harder time digesting and processing the vitamins that we do get in our regular diet. This is why people over the age of 50 need to take vitamins even if they have healthy eating habits. Lastly, there are some vitamins and nutrients that help prevent the eye from certain age-related eye diseases, and that are not found in many common foods. This is why you should consider taking vitamins for eye health well before you reach middle age.
The eyes are probably the most important organ connected to the senses - we use our eyes everyday for literally every task our body performs. Eyes, like all other organs, need certain vitamins to stay healthy and work well into your later years. The importance of vitamins for eyes cannot be understated - certain eye vitamins can literally decrease your chances of getting an age-related eye disease by 25%. Only now are medical research teams starting to understand the role of vitamins and how they integrate with the intricacies of the eye. Here are a few of the major age-related eye diseases (AREDs) where taking certain eye vitamins can significantly reduce your chances of vision loss:
- Macular Degeneration - This disease affects about 2 million people in the United States alone. It is a disease where certain deposits or blood vessels under the macula can damage the rods and cone cells of the eye, causing central vision loss and in some cases leading to legal blindness. The National Eye Institute has conducted research that shows certain vitamins can greatly reduce your chances of getting macular degeneration (more on how vitamins work below).
- Cataracts - Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and are considered an age-related eye disease. Cataracts affect over 40% of people between 52 and 64, over 60% of people over the age 65 and up to 90% of people over the age of 90. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens at the front of the eye, under the cornea. Clouding can be semi transparent or can be completely opaque, causing complete blindness. The chances of getting cataracts can be greatly reduced by taking certain eye vitamins before cataracts start to appear.
- Glaucoma - Glaucoma is an age-related eye disease that affects about 1 in every 200 people. Glaucoma is the damaging of the optic nerve due to increased intraocular pressure (IOP) in and around the eye. Glaucoma usually goes undetected until it is fairly advanced, and loss of at least some vision is almost guaranteed if preventative measures and comprehensive eye exams are not taken. Studies as early as the 1950’s showed that certain vitamins could decrease the IOP in the eye for a short time, and that taking certain eye vitamins regularly could help you keep a healthy IOP indefinitely.
- Diabetic Retinopathy - Diabetic Retinopathy is another major age-related eye disease where eye vitamins have shown to have a significant preventative effect. Diabetic Retinopathy (meaning damage to the retina) refers to weakened blood cells on and around the retina (due to unbalanced sugar levels) damaging the retina, causing loss of vision. Loss of vision can literally happen overnight with this disease, and can subsequently go away on its own in a day, week or even months. In almost every case, if left untreated, damage to the retina can be permanent, causing permanent vision loss or blindness. Taking eye vitamins for eye health is one way in which you can decrease your chances of getting Diabetic Retinopathy.
How Eye Vitamins Work
Since almost a century ago, scientists have known that Vitamin A has a beneficial affect in the eye as well as the rest of the body. Vitamin A was the first vitamin studied in detail, hence the name Vitamin A. Beta Carotene, a pigment compound found in orange colored or deep green leafy fruits and vegetables, is probably familiar to you (remember being told to eat carrots, they’re good for your eyes?). Beta Carotene is converted into a form of vitamin A called retinols. Retinols have numerous functions in the body, including assisting the bio-electrical process of vision (preventing loss of night vision) and eliminating damaged cells from the body (thus helping to prevent dry macular degeneration for example).
Other cartenoids found in leafy green vegetables, namely lutein, has only recently been shown to play a significant role in eye health and is one of the most aggressively studied eye vitamins today. Lutein and beta-carotene are also antioxidants consisting of free radicals that help the eye in numerous ways, most importantly regulating cell health and ridding the body of extra-cellular growths, a key trigger of age related macular degeneration (ARMD). Antioxidants have also been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts.
Other minerals and vitamins also play a major role in eye health. For example, bilberries play a significant role in both eye health and in preventing age-related eye disease. Among its eye health benefits are anthocyanoside, antioxidants that strengthen blood vessels (reducing the chances of blood vessel haemorrhaging in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy). Zinc and selenium have positive effects on the eyes and also help your body to absorb both Vitamin A and Vitamin E, key vitamins in eye health.
Recent medical studies and clinical test performed by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have found direct links between these vitamins and minerals and eye health. The most common question people have after learning about the preventative effects of these vitamins and minerals is "do I get enough of these eye vitamins in my daily multivitamin?" According to the NEI, the answer is no. For complete eye health, and to significantly reduce the chances of age-related eye diseases and vision loss, you must take extra supplements specifically engineered for your eyes, such as SEE. Below we will go into detail about how each eye vitamin helps your eyes stay healthy.
Ingredient Descriptions For See
Although studies on lutein are fairly recent, the ones performed by the National Eye Institute and researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown a direct link between lutein and preventative eye health. Lutein is a cartenoid which is now thought to have more preventative properties than Vitamin A. In particular, researchers have already found a direct link in lutein and the prevention of Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Bilberry Extract (4:l PE) 10mg:
As early as the 1940’s, RAF pilots were eating bilberries before they conducted night missions: they claimed that the bilberries significantly increased their night. Since then, many studies linking bilberries to eye health have been conducted, and their findings relating to eye health have been astronomical. Bilberries contain natural antioxidants called anthocyanosides, which among other properties; strengthen blood cells, significantly reducing the chances of blood vessel hemorrhaging in the eye which can result in both macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Bilberries are also a good source of chromium which helps control blood sugar levels which helps preserve the strength of smaller blood vessels, particularly important for people with diabetes who are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy. Further, bilberries contain both Vitamin A and Vitamin C, two vitamins which are vital to eye health. Recent studies have shown that bilberries also help in stabilizing and preventing the deterioration of the collagen in eye tissue, thereby helping to prevent intraocular pressure issues such as the devastating eye disease Glaucoma.
Citrus Bioflavonoid 250mg:
Also found in bilberries and bilberry extract, citrus bioflavonoids help to increase blood flow in small blood vessels, particularly the blood vessels on the retina, increasing blood flow to the macula and significantly reducing the chances of ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Omega 3 Flax Meal (partially defatted) 500mg:
Essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly Omega-3, are not only critical for the development of vision in infants, but plays a key role in the health of the retina. Further studies have shown that Omega-3’s play a key role in the drainage of eye fluids, regulating affecting intraocular pressure (which can lead to glaucoma if not regulated properly by the body). Recent studies have shown that people who ingest the highest levels of Omega-3 have approximately a 39% lower risk of developing ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration).
Beta-Carotene (pro vitamin A) 25,000IU:
For years, beta carotene has been known to have several positive effects on the eyes. When we consume beta carotenes, our body converts them into forms of Vitamin A called retinols. Vitamin A plays a key role in the bio-electrical process of vision. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant which helps to eliminate free radicals (caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation or the sun) and damaged cells within the eye.
Vitamin A (palmitate) 5,000IU:
Vitamin A palmitate (or Retinyl palmitate) is another form of Vitamin that helps with day to day vision. Clearer vision and better vision at night are direct result of getting enough Vitamin A palmitate into your system.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 1000mg:
Studies have long suggested that Vitamin C reduces the risk of cataracts. Further studies now show that the antioxidants in Vitamin C (as with Vitamin A) may help in preventing or delaying Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Vitamin C also helps regulate intraocular pressure (as does Omega-3), thereby reducing the chances of optic nerve damage and Glaucoma.
Natural Vitamin E (D-Alpha Succinate) 200IU:
Studies show that taking Vitamin E in combination with other antioxidants can help in the prevention of cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. In a large clinical study by the National Eye Institute, findings suggested that people who take Vitamin E along with other antioxidants have as much as a 25% less chance of developing advanced macular degeneration.
Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) 40mg:
Riboflavin is important to overall body health. For eyes in particular, Vitamin B2 has been used for years in helping to strengthen the cornea through a process called collagen cross linking. Riboflavin has been shown to stop the onset of the eye disorder keratoconus.
Rutin NF (bioflavonoid) 100mg:
Rutin NF is an antioxidant that is made from quercetin, and plays a significant role in tracking down and eliminating free radicals in the body. Other benefits of Rutin NF are its anti-inflammatory properties and its role in helping to strengthen certain capillaries in the body.
Selenium (selenomethionine) 100mcg:
Selenium is a mineral that helps the body absorb Vitamin E. Further, selenium also helps in converting vitamin E into its antioxidants which play a key role in eye health and in overall body health.
Chromium (GTF) 200mcg:
Chromium is an element that plays a key role sugar metabolism and blood sugar levels. By reducing blood sugar levels, chromium helps preserve the strength of smaller blood vessels, particularly those in the eye and on or around the retina. Chromium deficiencies are one of the major causes of adult onset diabetes (Type II).
Zinc (citrate) 25mg:
Zinc is an essential mineral that helps the body absorb and convert Vitamin A, arguably the most important Vitamin relating to eye health. Along with helping the body absorb Vitamin A, zinc is also a key part of an enzyme that helps reduce the number of free radicals in the body (and eyes). In some studies, zinc has been shown to protect against ARMD and night blindness.