390 – Protecting Your Vision and Eye Health

Exploring the nutrients that protect and support eye health

We have learned a lot about protecting our eyes over the past couple of decades. The conventional wisdom was that there is nothing we can do to change the course of eye issues. Medical professionals used to tell us macular degeneration could not be stopped, much less reversed. We didn’t know that UV (ultraviolet light) was harmful to the eyes and more recently we have discovered the concerns over blue light from computer and phone screens

Surprise, we now know that nutrition is critical to eye health. Those of us who believe and promote good nutrition for health now have clinical studies that reveal the important nutrients that support eye health.

In this interview Jolie Root discusses eye health and the specific nutrients that are beneficial. It all starts with a healthy diet and good nutrition. Your body can only function with the nutrients you provide through your diet. It also requires that you reduce or avoid those things which are detrimental. Jolie specifically identifies sugar as one of the most damaging foods. Smoking and not wearing eye protection are two additional risk factors. Quality sunglasses and blue screen filters are two important tools you should employ.

Jolie spends a lot of time discussing macular degeneration and the AREDS2 studies which showed which nutrients and potencies offered the best protection.

Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)

Here are the results of the AREDS studies conducted by the National Eye Institute. CLICK HERE for the study page.

“The NEI conducted the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and the follow-on AREDS2 to study cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Study researchers tested whether taking nutritional supplements could prevent or slow these diseases. The formulations tested in the trials are now sold as the AREDS and the AREDS2 formulas.

Taking AREDS or AREDS2 supplements reduces the risk of progression from intermediate to advanced AMD by about 25 percent. The AREDS2 formula contains the following:

  • Vitamin C – 500mg
  • Vitamin E – 400 iu
  • Copper – 2 mg
  • Lutein – 10 mg
  • Zeaxanthin – 2mg
  • Zinc – 80mg

Carlson Right for the Macula Formula

  • Helps protect our eyes, reduce eyestrain, and support glare tolerance from high-energy blue light and digital device use
  • Promotes macular health and healthy eye function
  • 1,000 mg of DHA; 20 mg of lutein; and 4 mg of zeaxanthin
  • Features Lutemax 2020, with nutrients clinically proven to support vision health
  • Potency and quality guaranteed

​Right for® the Macula blends Lutemax 2020® and the beneficial omega-3 DHA. Lutemax 2020® provides lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin – three carotenoids that help protect our eyes, reduce eyestrain, and support glare tolerance from high-energy blue light and digital device use. They also protect against oxidative stress and promote macular health.

The beneficial omega-3 DHA is more concentrated in our eye tissue than in any other part of our body and is clinically shown to promote vision health. The DHA in this formula is sourced from deep, cold-water fish using traditional sustainable methods.

Each serving of Right for® the Macula provides 1,000 mg of DHA; 20 mg of lutein; and 4 mg of zeaxanthin isomers.

Jolie Root

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Jolie Root

Jolie Root is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought heard Fridays at 10 am on AM 1490 WGCH in Connecticut and New York.

Carlson Laboratories

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Carlson Labs produces pure, quality, award-winning vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other nutritional supplements. The company began with a single vitamin E product in Founder Susan Carlson’s small Chicago apartment and quickly grew to offer the most complete line of all-natural vitamin E supplements in the world.

Today, the next generation of Carlson Labs leads the company—daughters Carilyn Anderson and Kirsten Carlson—and the innovations continue. Carlson Labs now offers more than 200 unique products designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind. ​


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