Lutein (FloraGLO®) (10 mg)
Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in many fresh fruits and vegetables. Of the more than 600 carotenoids found in nature, lutein is one of only two carotenoids specifically located in the macula of the eye. It acts as an antioxidant to protect the eye from free radicals and supports macular pigment density. FloraGLO lutein is sourced from marigold flowers and purified from marigold flower oleoresin. It naturally contains zeaxanthin and is the world's leading patented, purified lutein. FloraGLO lutein is used in more clinical trials than any other lutein and has been shown to support eye health and maintain healthy skin. Several studies have confirmed its effects on helping to maintain healthy visual function. Additionally, FloraGLO Lutein is the source of lutein chosen by the investigators of the AREDS2 study, sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. This ongoing clinical study being conducted in the USA is set to evaluate the efficacy of 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin alone and/or in combination with 1 g omega-3 fatty acids to promote eye health. Another recent study showed that lutein and zeaxanthin promote vision health in healthy young adults.*
Zeaxanthin (2 mg)
Like lutein, zeaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in many fresh fruits and vegetables and is one of only two carotenoids concentrated in the eye. Zeaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant carotenoid found in the retina. As an antioxidant, it serves to protect the eye from free radicals. Much scientific evidence suggests that zeaxanthin is beneficial for eye health and may promote healthy macular density.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) (75 mg)
Vitamin C promotes healthy vision and macular density.
Vitamin E (d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate) (33 IU
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant which helps to protect the eye from reactive oxygen species (ROS). It helps maintain epithelial cell health. The function of the epithalamus, located in the brain’s thalamus, is to pass on nerve signals for the senses and movement. Also, supplementation with antioxidants, such as vitamin C or E, and zinc appears to promote healthy macular density.
Zinc (Lactate) (7 mg)
Zinc plays a key role in the maintenance of healthy vision. It is present in high concentrations in the eye, particularly in the retina and choroid. Supplementation with antioxidants, such as vitamin C or E, and zinc, appears to promote healthy macular density. Zinc, in combination with vitamin A and other nutrients, appears to support normal plasma membranes in the photoreceptors, support the body’s regulation of the light-rhodopsin reaction within the photoreceptor, promote normal modulation of synaptic transmissions, and serves as an antioxidant in both the RPE and retina.
Copper (Gluconate) (100 mcg)
Copper-containing enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase, have been shown to be highly effective in neutralizing oxygen radicals, which promotes eye health. Studies have shown that high levels of superoxide dismutase promote eye health.
Bilberry (Mirtoselect® 36 percent anthocyanosides) (50 mg)
The active components of bilberry, flavonoid anthocyanosides, are powerful antioxidants with a particular affinity for the eye and vascular tissues. Bilberry supplementation supports healthy vision. Bilberry's effectiveness for promoting night vision is contradictory, though some research has suggested that bilberry supplementation promotes healthy night vision. Bilberry acts as an antioxidant. It appears to promote healthy circulation, particularly to the small capillaries that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the eyes.