Supplement Your Vision


What can you do to protect your eye health and eyesight using vision supplements?

First look at the multivitamin you are taking. The ideal multivitamin would contain the following nutrients for healthy eyes:
Vitamin C, 250 mg
Vitamin E, 200 mg
Beta-carotene, 5,000 IU
Zinc, 25 mg
Zeaxanthin, 500 mcg
Selenium, 100 mcg
Lutein, 10 mg
Calcium, 500 mg
Thiamin, 2 mg
Folic acid, 800 mcg
Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flaxseed oil), 2,000-3,000 mg
N-acetyl cysteine, 100 mg
Alpha lipoic acid, 100 mg

According to studies done by the the National Eye Institute, high doses of antioxidants vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 IU), and beta-carotene (15 mg/25,000 IU), along with zinc (8 mg), reduced the risk of vision loss from advanced age-related macular degeneration in some, but not all, people with this disease. The only patients who benefited were those with Intermediate AMD or Advanced AMD in just one eye.

In another example, studies have shown that deficiencies of antioxidants contribute to the development of chronic dry eye syndrome. Nutritional supplements containing the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 are available to help restore and maintain tear formation and eye lubrication.

And keep this in mind: Supplements are called that because they supplement your overall nutrition; they don’t take the place of it. So to get the full benefits of vision supplements, be sure to eat a balanced diet of healthy foods.

Your doctor is your first resource for information about your health. Regardless of dosage, supplements are not a cure for health problems or a substitute for medication your doctor has recommended. Always check with your doctor before beginning to take any dietary supplement, including vision supplements.