When it comes to your eyes, you absolutely want to do everything you can to help support your health.
That’s why Eye Support is formulated with some of the most powerful ingredients out there for supporting your eye health—lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, bilberry, and black currant.
Antioxidants Are Key to Supporting Your Eye Health
The job of an antioxidant compound is to neutralise dangerous free radicals in your body. Free radicals that are formed in the fat or lipid sections of the body are handled by the fat-soluble antioxidants. Those that are formed in the watery or aqueous sections of your body are handled by the water-soluble antioxidants.
Both water- and fat-soluble antioxidants should be taken together to protect yourself from free radicals generated from fat or aqueous portions of your body.
Fat-Soluble Antioxidants Help Your Vision
Fat-soluble antioxidants find their way into the fat or lipid-based tissues in your body. Unspent amounts of these antioxidants are stored in your body's fat. High amounts stored in your body can become toxic and therefore some fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, should not be taken at extremely high dosages.
Fat-soluble antioxidants are important to protect the photoreceptor membranes (stacks of membranous disks that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA's) from lipid peroxidation.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in the macula lutea and believed to serve two primary roles: to absorb excess photon energy, and to quench free-radicals before they damage the lipid membranes.
Dr Mercola's research takes all the guesswork out of finding a supplement that supports your eyes now and into the future.
Water-Soluble Antioxidants Help Protect and Enhance Vision
Water-soluble antioxidants are those that are soluble in your cell’s cytoplasm and blood. Your body cannot store water-soluble antioxidants, unspent or excess of these are simply excreted from the body through the urine so a person cannot theoretically be overdosed. Most dietary antioxidant compounds are water-soluble.
The majority of dietary antioxidant compounds are water-soluble, such as vitamin C, catechins from green tea, and anthocyanins from red, blue, and purple plants.
The most noted water-soluble antioxidants for the eye are the anthocyanins found in black currant. They are important for eye health because they are soluble in the aqueous humour, the thick watery substance filling the space between the lens and the cornea. The aqueous humour maintains the intra-ocular pressure, provides nutrition for other ocular tissues and serves to transport antioxidants.
Anthocyanins can also reduce intra-ocular pressure and help in maintaining collagen, which is the main component of the lens and is the connective tissue that supports your eye.