I wrote in a previous post here at betterdistancevision.com that when selecting a supplement, we need to be looking out for ones that contain lutein, zeaxantin and meso-zeaxanthin.
Because they are the compounds needed to support the macular at the back of the eye. The macular provides your central vision. So vital to keep this part of the eye in good condition.
So when I looked out for the best supplements for eyes, my shortlist criteria was:
⇒They must have the optimal amounts of these compounds (10mg of lutein, 2mg of zeaxanthin and 10mg of zeaxanthin. This is following a study by the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland)
⇒And additionally, they must be as natural as possible (so I prioritized those that were GMO free, gluten free and 100% vegan).
The ones I have shortlisted are found on the Amazon.co.uk. I have done an additional post for supplements on Amazon.com (click here). For the supplements you can purchase there are different.
What Are The Benefits of Supplements Again?
Just a short recap on why supplements can be a real boost to your eye health.
Firstly, you may not be getting all you need from your diet. The body does not produce these compounds itself. So it needs to get them from what you eat. Eggs contain lutein. Greens like kale and spinach will provide you with some lutein together with zeaxanthin. However, meso-zeaxanthin is harder to come by. It is found in some fish such as sea bass and trout (especially in their skins). But the levels of the compound found there are small.
Secondly, as explained above, if you take a daily supplement, you know that you are taking the optimal amount of these compounds consistently so building up a good anti-oxidant line of defense. You can just take one supplement a day rather than having to keep remembering to eat certain foods.
Thirdly, perhaps more than ever we need to take extra care of our eyes given what we subject them to. These days it seems we are never far from our mobiles, PC monitors and TV screens which are constantly subjecting our eyes to harmful blue light. These special compounds could help prevent the degradation of the macular over time. If you want more information on ways to block out blue light, check out my post on anti-blue light monitor filters. Also remember to block out UV rays from sunlight by wearing UV blocking sunglasses.
Fourthly, the research suggests taking a supplement is more effective that eating foods that we know to be rich in these compounds. The Waterford Institute of Technology found marked improvements in macular pigments and eyesight after a study of 100 volunteers taking a supplement over a period of a year. However, following a more limited study of volunteers drinking a smoothie rich in foods containing lutein and zeaxanthin, it was found there was no marked increase in these areas.
So which supplements are the best?
Eye Complex 7 By Time Health
This is my preferred supplement.
It has all three compounds lutein (10mg), zeaxanthin (2mg) and meso-zeaxanthin (10mg) contained in each capsule.
What’s more it contains powerful eye proven antioxidants, flavonoids, anthocyanosides and polysaccharides from Bilberry, Goji and New Zealand Blackcurrants. If that wasn’t enough, it also contains Eyebright, a herb which has anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve sore eyes and eye fatigue.
So a real powerful combination to keep your eyes in good health.
There are 120 capsules in each pack so that’s four months supply on the recommended 1 capsule a day dose. The capsules are small so easy to swallow.
In addition, they contain natural ingredients; they are GMO free, gluten free and 100% vegan. So none of that bovine gelatin mixed in there!
They are also good value too.
I’ve nearly used up my first batch of these supplements (though the ones I purchased contained just the lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin only) and I have noticed that my eyes do feel more lubricated. I can’t say that has cured my dry eye. There are times when I still get this. Nevertheless, there has been a noticeable difference in a relatively short period of time I have been taking these supplements and that does encourage me to keep taking them long term.
Vision Defender Mac By Intelligent Formula
These supplements contain the same formula: 10mg of lutein, 2mg of zeaxanthin and 10mg of meso-zeaxanthin.
The pack states they are suitable for vegetarians and they contain no added sugars, starch, coloring, flavorings and preservatives. So a supplement without unnatural fillers as well.
Again a good choice of supplement and the price is reasonable too.
Best Of The Rest
Macu Pro Advanced contains the essential carotenoids but not at the levels of the two supplements mentioned above.
Macu Pro only contains 8mg of lutein, 2.5mg of zeaxantin which provides only 0.118mg of meso-zeaxanthin. So quite a smaller dose in these. However, each capsule does contain Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Copper and Blueberry Extract so vitamins and minerals to help maintain good eye vision. The capsules are vegan friendly too.
The Macushield Capsules do contain the right amount of the essential carotenoids (10mg of lutein, 2mg of zeaxanthin and 10mg of meso-zeaxanthin) but are not vegan or vegetarian friendly. They come with bulking agent, bovine gelatin and coloring (beeswax yellow). So these may not suit those looking for a supplement containing all natural ingredients.
There Is A Winner
Eye Complex 7 then comes out on top in this shortlist. It contains all the essential carotenoids. Also, it has additional nutrients contained in each capsule and has all natural ingredients. Vision Defender Mac comes a close second and there are other supplements (while not fitting the criteria I had set at the top of the page) that are still worth considering such as Macu Pro and Macushield.
These supplements will get these essential carotenoids to your eyes. Research suggests this could provide vital protection to the macular and so your eyesight. I think supplements therefore are a worthwhile investment.
Obviously, it goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) this post is not to be taken in any way as medical advice in relation to eyesight or eye disorders. Please consult your eye doctor, optician or ophthalmologist about these matters.
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