“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes.” is a common phrase we often hear. There are also many kinds of nutritional supplements advertisements that we often see for eye care and health. You may also have heard about the nutrients that tend to prevent or delay eye-related diseases and problems. The debate is all about whether supplements really matter for your eye health and vision? Let’s plunge into discussing some important information regarding this topic.
Overview according to scientific discussion
Despite the fact that there are just a few researches the claim regarding the positive impact of supplements on eye health, plenty of claims are made about the positive impact of such supplements every now and then. One exception regarding these claims could be Age-related eye disease studies that were conducted by the National Eye Institute. The study greatly focused on two major conditions i.e., cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, that affect millions of Europeans every now and then. Supplements were given to the patients undergoing these conditions for some years, and the results were promising. There were great benefits of some supplements that helped those patients to recover from their condition to a great extent.
Supplements that are expected to help your eye health
According to research, the following supplements have shown to be beneficial for eye health:
Zinc is a powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in your eyes and protects your eyes against cell damage. Copper supplements are advised to be taken combined with zinc as copper absorption is lessened while taking zinc supplements.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin and Lutein are carotenoids. There are some pigments found in your retina and plants referred to as carotenoids. Supplements containing zeaxanthin and Lutein can help to increase the density of carotenoids in your retina. These supplements also absorb ultraviolet light or high-energy blue lights and prevent them from damaging your eyes.
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Large quantities of Omega-3 fatty acids are present in the photoreceptor cells of your retina. One type of Omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) helps in the development of the retinal cell. These nutrients also help in healing the cornea and retina and regenerate after damage because of aging and light exposure in addition to reducing the inflammation. Low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids can cause progressive damage to the retina with retinopathy or dry eye syndrome etc.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is greatly known for reducing the risk of developing some types of cataracts. Some of the studies also found the combination of vitamin E and C supplements are great for slowing the progression of cataracts and reducing the risk for cataracts.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Vitamin B1 is expected to be very beneficial for your eye health in addition to reducing the risk of cataracts. Vitamin B1 also reduces inflammation and is also known to be “anti-stress.” Initial researches also linked Vitamin B1 in helping to deal with uveitis that is an inflammatory condition of the eye leading to blindness.
The vitamins mentioned above are present in plenty amount of natural products, but unfortunately, we often don’t pay attention to a healthy dietary lifestyle, and hence, it leads to lacking nutrients in our body. However, the first resource that gathers all the information regarding your eye health has to be your doctor. Before taking any kind of supplements, it’s important to consult your doctor first who’ll devise the dosage given the status of your eye health.