Do you find yourself squinting more often lately? Are you holding the menu a little farther away these days? You may be experiencing some level of vision loss, which is common with age. Over 60% of the population needs corrective eye wear. By age 55-65, there’s about a 90% chance you’ll need glasses. Presbyopia is a common occurrence in anyone 40 or older, which affects your ability to focus on objects close to you. You’ll find yourself holding reading material a little farther away. Part of you may wonder if there’s any hope of ever having better vision without annoying glasses or expensive surgery. 

Did you know that most of the time, good vision can be restored naturally through optimal nutrition and supplements?

The eyes are often called the window to the soul, but they can also be critical indicators of overall health. Our eyes have a “particularly high metabolic rate.” (1) This causes our eyes to be sensitive to inflammation, and a good indicator of inflammation levels. When your eyes start failing, it may be a sign that your oxidation and inflammation levels are rising as a result of exposure to unhealthy substances. Rather than being frustrated with your aging eyes, you may want to be grateful to your eyes for letting you know that your body needs more protection against inflammation and oxidation.

Simply put, toxins are to blame for most of your eye problems, and your eyes may be the first part of your body to start feeling the negative effects. Chemicals like toluene found in foam mattresses, formaldehyde in wood furniture finishing, styrene in your new car smell, and acetone in your makeup can all increase oxidation and inflammation. These are called volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, and your body needs to constantly detoxify from them in order to stay healthy and keep inflammation low. Lately in Houston, we’ve had consistent air quality alerts which would make it even harder to keep inflammation low. Your eyes are susceptible to the harmful effects of chemicals and toxins, which can be bad news for your eyesight. However, with a high-quality, targeted nutritional supplement, you may be able to avoid further eye damage...and maybe even improve your vision.

There are specific nutrients that are more effective than others for lowering inflammation and improving eyesight. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), a nationwide clinical trial in 2001, showed that taking Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Vitamin A can reduce Age-Related Macular Degeneration by 25%. (2) These antioxidants neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage, which protects cells from future damage. The antioxidant protection also helps repair cell membranes, the formation of proteins and tissue formation. This improves overall health, but again…the eyes are great indicators of health, so as you increase your antioxidant intake, your eyes will reward you within a few months with better vision. 

Top 10 Nutrients to Improve Your Eyesight

Here are a few key nutrients and specific benefits for your eyes: 

1. Beta Carotene, or Vitamin A as it’s known after the enzymes in the small intestines cut it in half, is an orange pigment and fat soluble antioxidant that helps protect the surface of the eye and helps prevents age-related vision loss. It’s also important in the formation of rhodopsin, which is a protein found in the retina that supports night vision and seeing black and white images clearly.

2. Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables. In the eye, vitamin C may also be able to regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamin E.(3)

3. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, so it works in the fat-soluble parts of cells such as cell membranes and fatty acids such as are pertinent to the retina.

4. Zinc - Results from AREDS showed that high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration and its associated vision loss. Zinc is an essential constituent of many enzymes and is needed for optimal metabolism of the eye.

5. Selenium is a trace mineral that is a well-documented, very effective antioxidant. Replacing selenium can help boost natural glutathione levels which may help protect against cataracts. (4)

6. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a natural, potent antioxidant that helps recycle both vitamin C and vitamin E. For this reason it’s often called a “super antioxidant.”

7. Turmeric is a root that contains curcumin, which is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

8. Green Tea is full of antioxidants and has been used for centuries to lower inflammation and improve overall health.

9. Lutein  and 10. Zeaxanthin are found in the lens and retina of the human eye. (5) AREDS pointed to these carotenoids as being protective against developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

These are a lot of nutrients to consider, but thank goodness all of them are in a product we’ve designed called Eye Restore. We launched this formula a few years ago because our clients were asking for a formula for eye health, so they didn’t have to take so many separate supplements for their eyes. Due to the comprehensive, well-studied and proven formulation,  Eye Restore should help restore better vision within about 3 months. All you have to do is take it regularly or get it added to your My HotzePak.

How awesome would it be to go to the eye doctor later this year and be told that you need a weaker prescription, or even better…what if you needed no glasses at all? When your friends are squinting at the restaurant menu, will you be the one that helps them read their options? Seeing more clearly can help prevent accidents and reduces eye-related headaches. It can also help you see the beautiful world and creation all around you, from the birds and flowers to your grandkids’ precious faces.

Eyes are not just the window to the soul. They are a critical indicator of overall health. If you have been experiencing aging eyes, do yourself a favor and stock up on Eye Restore today. Not only will your vision improve, but with lower inflammation and increased antioxidant support, your whole body will be healthier.