Of all our organs, it seems little attention is paid to the health of our eyes. As delicate as they are, you would think they would garner as much attention in keeping them healthy, like we do our heart, lungs and joints, for example.
The eyes are susceptible to damage from both the external and internal environments. With little to protect them, they’re easily damaged from influences on both of these fronts.
Ocular formula was created to protect the eyes on all levels. It contains a powerful array of antioxidants to protect the delicate blood vessels of the eyes and eye-specific nutrients that fend off damage from the ultraviolet light spectrum. This formula was created in partnership with opthalmologists in order to address the most commonly encountered eye conditions.
- Poor night vision
- Declining vision with age
- Diabetics, who need to be extra vigilant with eye health
- Macular degeneration
- Heavy outdoor exposure to wind, light and dust
Mixed Carotenoids are an important group of plant pigments that protect the eye from cataracts, macular degeneration and general wear and tear from free radical exposure. This group of carotenoids contains lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha and beta-carotene, and cryptoxanthin.
Lutein is one of two powerful carotenoids (zeaxanthin is its molecular ‘twin’) that are found concentrated in the human retina and macula. Studies show a strong association between high intake of lutein and a reduced risk of cataract formation and macular degeneration.
Bilberry contains an important bioflavonoid complex (anthocyanoside) which acts as a very powerful antioxidant in the eye. Bilberry has been shown to improve the health of the retinas in people suffering from diabetic and or hypertensive retinopathy (disease of the retina).
Alpha-Lipoic Acid is another important antioxidant and also serves as a cofactor in the production of ATP, our cells’ energy currency. People taking alpha-lipoic acid have shown definitive improvement in vision.
Grape Seed Extract Grape seeds contain a unique group of plant pigments (flavonoids) known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes. They’re closely related to the pigments found in bilberry (anthocyanadins) and have been shown to act as specific antioxidants in the blood vessels of the eyes - supplementing with them improves vision.
L-Selenomethionine is a form of selenium that works to combat free radicals and plays an important role in eye health as well.
Zinc is an essential trace element and has been shown to slow the progression of acute macular degeneration.
Copper is also an essential trace element that’s necessary for activating many of the enzymes involved in energy production; this is especially important in the eye as it operates as it’s own micro-environment.
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC) is an amino acid complex that serves as a direct precursor to one of our body’s most important antioxidants, glutathione. While glutathione cannot directly enter the cells of the eyes, NAC does and helps produce glutathione here.
Quercetin is a type of flavonoid derived from several plants. It acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and can disrupt cancer cell activity. It has also been shown to stabilize the tiny blood vessels in the eye (capillaries) and inhibits the production of certain compound (aldose reductase) in the lenses, protecting them against cataracts.
Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate) is included in this formula for its widespread antioxidant and immune-supportive effects.
DMG (Dimethylglycine) is a natural compound that improves how the cells use oxygen and metabolism of energy (sugar). It can also inhibit the development of cataracts, which are often the result of environmental and oxidative stresses.
Ginkgo Biloba is a botanical medicine that has been shown to repair damage to the visual field in people with glaucoma; it’s also been shown to improve color vision in people with early stages of diabetic retinopathy. The Ginkgo found in Ocular formula is a standardized extract containing 24% flavonoid glycosides and 6% terpenoids.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) has been used historically in the treatment of eye conditions like visual disturbances and eye fatigue.
Taurine is an amino acid found in animal proteins and to a lesser extent in the human body. Yet, it is found in quite high concentrations in the eyes where it contributes to retinal health and function.
Niacin and Inositol (from Inositol Hexaniacinate) is a specialized form of niacin attached to inositol. When taken, it slowly degrades into its respective compounds, inositol and niacin. This helps limit the common effect of flushing from niacin. Niacin supplementation has been shown to limit the development of cataracts.
Ocular formula was created to provide the eyes with the most important natural compounds to keep them healthy. Eye disease arises from internal, metabolic issues (a large one is a lack of the key micronutrients and antioxidants) as well as from external sources of oxidation like sun exposure and the long term degrading effects from exposure to wind and dust. Supplementing with Ocular formula is important if you suffer from any ongoing metabolic issues, have a family history of eye disease (macular degeneration, cataracts, etc) or you find yourself outside exposed to the elements.