Vision Optimizer 180 capsules - lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry, eyebright, grapeseed, ALA, quercetine | Jarrow Formulas

Vision Optimizer 180 capsules - lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry, eyebright, grapeseed, ALA, quercetine | Jarrow Formulas

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Jarrow Formulas Vision Optimizer 180 capsules supports visual function and ocular antioxidant status. It contains the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry,eyebright, grapeseed, alpha lipoic acid, selenium, riboflavin and quercetine.

who benefits from Vision Optimizer?
Declining vision and eye health are often accepted as a product of old age or the unavoidable daily strain on the eyes. However there are multiple actions one can take to promote eye health.
Vision Optimizer is for those who wish to help protect their eyes from UV radiation, oxidation, deterioration and eye strain associated with modern life

what distinguishes Vision Optimizer?
• comprehensive eye health formula
• 15+ vitamins, phytonutrients and herbs (lutein, alpha lipoic acid, Swedish bilberry,  grape seed, quercetin and eyebright)

how do the major active ingredients function in Vision Optimizer?
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are critical antioxidant carotenoids for the macula of the eyes. Dark green, leafy vegetables are good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin reduce age-related increase in the lens’ density and protect the retina by absorbing UV-radiation from all types of screens, LED lighting and the sun as well as neutralizing free radicals.
Mirtoselect® is a full spectrum Bilberry Extract rich in antioxidant anthocyanins and Grape Seed Extract is rich in antioxidant proanthocyanidins that support healthy blood flow to the eyes.
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Selenium and Vitamin B2 support levels of the body’s master antioxidant, glutathione, and cellular antioxidant defenses to protect the eyes’ lenses from oxidative stress.
Quercetin is an antioxidant that protects lens architecture.

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Often described as the window to the soul, the eyes can also be an indicator of health. Circulatory deficiencies undetected in the body can sometimes be glimpsed through inspection of the eyes. Similarly, the antioxidant status of the aging body can affect eye health.

Lutein and zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in dark-green, leafy vegetables and egg yolks. Though less common than their carotenoid relative, beta-carotene, they offer greater benefits to the eye. Clinically, lutein and zeaxanthin support visual function and protect eye tissue as we age. Lutein and zeaxanthin contribute to the density of macular pigment, which absorbs and filters out 40-60% of damaging near-UV blue light striking the retina. Lutein also protects the inner retina by neutralizing free radicals.

Considerable evidence suggests the importance of lutein in promoting lens health with aging. A study published in the British Medical Journal examined changes to lens’ opacity among 50,000 women over an eight-year period. The results clearly showed that the consumption of spinach, an excellent source of lutein, led to a much lower level of lens changes than did consumption of other vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash, which contain primarily beta-carotene and very little lutein. Research indicates that $2.5 billion in U.S. healthcare costs could be saved over five years if older adults received at least 6-10 mg of lutein daily.

Grape seed & botanicals
Both grape seed extract and Swedish bilberry are purported to enhance the circulatory health of the eyes. The oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) in grape seed extract have been studied for their ability to promote capillary strength and integrity. They also improve recovery from glare, an important aspect of night vision that complements blackcurrant’s benefits.

These nutrients are complemented by the flavonoids, quercetin, and the botanical eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis).
Quercetin is an antioxidant that protects lens architecture and helps neutralize sugar by-products that can damage the eyes.
Eyebright is a wild plant native to Europe. The name comes from its use as a traditional folk remedy for eye irritation and general disorders of the eyes. The herb’s tannins are thought to be the active ingredients.

Alpha Lipoic Acid, vitamins & minerals
As is true of the nerves, the eyes can be damaged by oxidative byproducts of sugar metabolism.
Vision Optimizer contains alphalipoic acid, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin B2 to help support the body’s glutathione antioxidant system that assists in protecting the eyes’ lenses.

Jarrow Formulas’ Vision Optimizer provides a comprehensive combination of nutrients that support various aspects of eye health, including protection from UV radiation and free radicals, support for critical eye components like the lens and photoreceptors and the promotion of healthy eye circulation.

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Are eggs good or bad for diabetes?

Outside COVID-19 very little health news catches the attention of newspapers, unless it is something out of the ordinary.

One such news item was the result from an observational study among Chinese citizens of whom it was reported how those eating more eggs had a higher risk of diabetes 2.

Oh boy, here we go again was my first thought. First eggs were vilified due to their cholesterol content, and now that nonsense has been put to rest [link], they try to come up with another BS research. Yes, calling it BS.
Imagine, you are a notorious smoker and decide to give up smoking because your lungs are suffering and have developed COPD. Yet, it is too late and a lung tumour has been detected. Guess what? The clickbait headlines would go like "people that give up smoking, will develop lung cancer!".

That's how it works! Time and again we have to repeat: correlation is NOT the same as causation. This was an observational study, in which people were asked about their habits.
A much better research method is a clinical study in which people are meticulously followed after treatment.
Or a meta study in which several studies are lumped together and analysed.

Particulate matter and your health

As the Dutch government decided to move away from natural fossilized energy sources, we are moving towards solar and wind energy.
Because solar and wind energy cannot provide all energy and a decision to also move away from natural gas, biomass plants seemed to be the perfect solution.

Biomass is plant or animal material used for energy production (electricity or heat). It can be purposely grown energy crops, wood or forest residues, waste from food crops (wheat straw), horticulture (yard waste), food processing (corn cobs), animal farming (manure, rich in nitrogen and phosphorus), or human waste from sewage plants.

Burning plant-derived biomass releases CO2, but it has still been classified as a renewable energy source in the EU and UN legal frameworks because photosynthesis cycles the CO2 back into new crops. In some cases, this recycling of CO2 from plants to atmosphere and back into plants can even be CO2 negative, as a relatively large portion of the CO2 is moved to the soil during each cycle.

However, over the past few months it has become clear how a lot of biomass comes from trees, that were previously pristine forests in the USA or the Baltics.
While in the best case, the use of biomass could even be CO2 negative, burning biomass will result in excessive CO2 output locally as well as of particulate matter.
This is why almost overnight, due to negative public opinion, politicians changed their mind. Too late though, there are already few hundred biomass plants that are being constructed due to substantial subsidies that were handed out, so we can expect a substantial worsening of air quality in the upcoming decade(s) because of the increased amount of particulate matter.

What causes night blindness?

People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments, for which the medical term nyctalopia is used.

Although the term “night blindness” implies that you can’t see at night, this isn’t the case. You may just have more difficulty seeing or driving in darkness.

Some types of night blindness are treatable while other types aren’t. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to correct your vision.

Six reasons why eggs are awesome superfoods

Eggs are so nutritious they can be nicknamed nature's oldest superfood.
Eggs are abundant in essential vitamins and minerals as well as unique antioxidants and brain nutrients many people are lacking in their nutrition when they don't eat eggs regularly.

Here is a breakdown of the six reasons why eggs are such an awesome food choice

Pigmentation spots : why do we get them when we age?

Do you sometimes look down onto your arms and notice they are covered with white spots that resemble freckles in reverse?
Especially when arms get tanned in summer, these white spots tend to stand out more than ever.
This led me to the idea to look up what can be a cause of this weird pigmentation.

Mine turns out to be one called idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis (IGH), in other words, an unexplained teardrop-shaped lack of pigmentation, which is apparently very common among most people of over 40 years , but may also happen at a younger age. These white spots appear on the shins, legs, arms, and other sun-exposed areas of the body like the face, neck, and shoulders.

Apparently the body experiences a gradual reduction of melanoyctes and skin cells no longer produce pigment, a similar process that causes the graying of hair. The condition is also increasingly being seen in both sexes and darker skinned individuals with a history of long-term sun exposure, which has lead scientists to believe that excessive sun exposure and sun damage is another cause of these white spots.
They are generally 1 to 3 mm in size and commonly show up on the legs before progressing to other parts of the body.
These white spots are not caused by trauma or infection, nor do they indicate an increased risk of skin cancer.
Hereditary factors may be involved because this skin problem seems to run in families.

IGH is not related to vitiligo, in which melanin-producing cells called melanocytes die or are unable to function properly and no longer form melanin.

Other common causes of skin discolorations are

LASIK eye surgery, is it safe?

In the past decade, LASIK eye surgery has boomed in popularity. It is easy to understand why: instead of wearing contacts or glasses, after surgery your eyes are corrected to result into (almost) perfect vision. However, sometimes we also hear horror stories: late 2016 Dutch television showed a program in which a house physician laments he's suffering from horrible neuralgic pains after having undergone laser surgery. Experts claim this is an extremely rare side effect from a specific type of LASIK surgery that nobody needs to worry about.

What to wear: a pair of glasses or contacts?!

A short while ago, yours truly went back to wearing eye glasses after having worn contacts for over 30 years. My eyes had 'run dry' and as a result an inflammation snuck in, causing an inability to wear (hard) contacts. Despite having worn glasses as a kid and young adult, it took me longer to adapt to them than expected. This has much to do with the fact I now need two pairs of glasses: one for reading and another one for further away. With two pairs it seems as if you are always wearing the wrong pair and.. where did I put them down again?

recommended use
Take 3 capsules per day with food, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.

contains per daily serving (3 capsules)
vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 200mg 220% RDI
vitamin B1 (as thiamine mononitrate) 12mg 1000% RDI
vitamin B2 (as riboflavin) 10mg 770% RDI
vitamin B3 (as niacinamide) 16mg 100% RDI
vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 2mg 120% RDI

selenium (as methylselenocysteine) 10mcg 20% RDI
taurine 500mg †
quercetin (from Dimorphandra mollis) 200mg †
Swedish bilberry fruit extract 100mg †
- 36mg anthocyanosides from Vaccinium myrtillus
R-alpha lipoic acid (R-ALA) 50mg †
- from 62.5mg sodium R-alpha lipoate
grape seed extract 100mg †
- 95% polyphenols from Vitis vinifera
eyebright leaf (Euphrasia officinalis) 100mg †
lutein 10mg †
- from marigold petal extract (Tagetes erecta)
zeaxanthine 2mg †
- from marigold petal extract (Tagetes erecta)

RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = RDI not established

active ingredients (vitamins, herbs and extracts), filler (cellulose, maltodextrin, vegetable magnesium stearate), anti coagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)

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If you have a medical condition, (especially diabetes or coagulopathy), are pregnant or lactating, are under the age of 18, or are taking medications (especially glucose-control or blood thinning), consult your health care practitioner before using this product.

allergy information
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks

suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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