Vision Optimizer 180 capsules - lutein, zeaxanthin, blackcurrant, eyebright, grapeseed, ginkgo, ALA, quercetine | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas Vision Optimizer 180 capsules supports visual function and ocular antioxidant status. It contains the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, blackcurrant, eyebright, grapeseed, ginkgo, 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, deterioratin and eye strain assocated with modern life
what distinguishes Vision Optimizer?
• comprehensive eye health formula
• 15+ vitamins, phytonutrients and herbs (lutein, alpha lipoic acid & ginkgo, grape seed, quercetin and eyebright)
• New Zealand blackcurrant extract
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 and neutralizing free radicals.
• New Zealand Blackcurrant Fruit Extract (Ribes nigrum) contains powerful polyphenol antioxidants that reduce eye fatigue and promote eye comfort. Restores rhodophsin which is essential for night and dim light vision
• Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera) supports the strength of capillaries and other blood vessels in the eyes.
• Alpha Lipoic Acid, Selenium and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) support the antioxidants glutathione and glutathione peroxidase, which protect the eyes’ lenses.
• Ginkgo Biloba Extract promotes circulation and contains potent free radical scavenging flavonoids known as ginkgoflavonglycosides.
• Quercetin is an antioxidant that protects lens architecture.
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.
New Zealand blackcurrant: unique for the eyes
Anthocyanins give blackcurrants their richly dark color and make blackcurrant stand out from other superfruits. Probably the most important feature of blackcurrants is their uniquely high levels of anthocyanins. In particular, delphinidin-3-rutinoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside account for more than 80% of blackcurrant anthocyanins. These anthocyanins are particularly prominent in the cultivars grown under the strong sunshine of New Zealand’s South Island.
Delphinidin-3-rutinoside appears to relax the ciliary smooth muscle of the eye. In nearsightedness, the ciliary smooth muscle cannot relax enough to allow focusing on distant objects. Cyanidin-3- rutinoside was found to assist in the regeneration of rhodopsin in frogs. Rhodopsin is the primary photopigment of rod cells enabling night vision and vision under low-light conditions in humans. There have also been two studies conducted in Japan that have suggested increased blood flow to the optic papilla and reduced susceptibility to eye fatigue and eye strain due to consumption of blackcurrant. Promoting eye endurance and protecting from eye strain can help computer-screen weary eyes.
Grape seed, ginkgo & botanicals
Both grape seed extract and ginkgo biloba extract 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.
Ginkgo biloba extract is often recommended for supporting memory, reaction time, circulation and protection against free radical damage; the last two are of great importance to the eyes. Its potential neuroprotective and microcirculatory actions may result from its flavonoid and terpenoid constituents acting in a complementary manner.
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 two major forms of natural vitamin E (both alpha and gamma tocopherols) 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.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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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 333% RDI
vitamin B3 (as niacinamide) 100mg 500% RDI
vitamin B1 (as thiamine mononitrate) 12mg 800% RDI
vitamin B2 (as riboflavin) 10mg 588% RDI
vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 12mg 600% RDI
vitamin E (as d-alfa tocoferyl succinate) 16iu 53% RDI
vitamin E (as gamma tocopherol) 100mg †
selenium (as methylselenocysteine) 10mcg 14% RDI
blackcurrant extract (Ribes nigrum) 20% polyphenols 100mg†
lutein and zeaxanthine 10mg † and 2mg †
- from marigold petal extract (Tagetes erecta)
ginkgo biloba leaf (24% ginkgoflavonglycosides), 60mg †
alpha lipoic acid (ALA) 100mg †
grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera) 95% polyphenols 100mg †
quercetin (from Dimorphandra mollis) 300mg †
taurine 500mg †
eyebright leaf (Euphrasia officinalis) 100mg †
RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = RDI not established
active ingredients (vitamine, herbs and extracts), filler (cellulose, magnesium stearate from palm oil), 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.
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