National Eye Health Week
This year’s National Eye Health Week runs from Monday 21st September to Sunday 27th September. It is aimed at promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
Some cases of sight loss that people develop and have to live with is avoidable. That is why it is so important that we learn how to look after our eyes properly.
Regular sight tests can detect the early signs of conditions like glaucoma. These can be treated if discovered soon enough. Sight tests can also detect other health conditions that can impact our lives, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
To maintain healthy eyes it is important that we eat a nutritious diet, don’t smoke, and remember to wear sunglasses in bright sunlight to protect the eyes from UV damage.
As well as eating a healthy and balanced diet to get plenty of the right nutrients, there is also the added option of supplements. Incorporating some of those that are beneficial for eye health into your daily routine can give you that added peace of mind, that you are doing everything you can, in caring for, and protecting the health of your eyes.
One such supplement is Lutein. One of the most commonly talked about supplements for the eyes. Lutein is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are a class of phytonutrients that are produced by plants, and lutein is found naturally in green leafy veg such as spinach and kale. Research shows that carotenoids are a vital key to healthy eyes and good vision. As mammals we cannot synthesise carotenoids in our bodies so we must consume them through our diets. Lutein is found in the macula (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye), which is the central area of our retina responsible for vision. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant that filters out high energy blue light, and research has found that carotenoids may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of blue light and reduce your risk of macular degeneration in later life.
At Hellenia we couple the lutein as a supplement with Bilberry. Bilberries are fruits that are closely related to the blueberry, they are native to Europe, and they are among the richest source of antioxidants called anthocyanins. These are the pigments that give Bilberries their vivid dark blue/purple colour. It has been suggested that anthocyanins may contribute to normal blood circulation and the maintenance of normal retina function.
Our Lutein and Bilberry tablets are available in a pack size of 90 tablets with a recommended dosage of 2 tablets per day.
Several other supplements are also considered to be beneficial to eye health:
- Omega-3 fatty acids such a DHA and EPA have been found in studies to benefit eye health. A number of clinical studies have shown the importance of omega-3 in normal vision development. Omega 3 supplements exist today which are even suitable for those with a vegan diet, as a convenient and alternative way of adding fatty acids into your diet.
- Zinc is a mineral that helps the maintenance of normal vision. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eyes, and plays a vital role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to product melanin, a pigment that protects the eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect from oxidative damage. Oxidative damage is a key factor in some common age-related eye conditions and their progression such as cataracts.
For further product information and to browse our other available vitamins, minerals and health food supplements visit www.hellenia.co.uk