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Eye Exercises & Eye Care Tips - Why Your supplement won’t improve your vision?
May 22, 2010

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Why Your supplement won’t improve your vision?

Vision Tip of the Month - Increasing Your Computer Font Size

Success Story of Eye Exercises - Robin Tang

Why Your supplement won’t improve your vision?

Eyes are a hot topic right now ... From Lasik to Lutein it seems everywhere you look there is a new product or procedure touting vision enhancement.

Why? Partly because people are finally discovering that they can improve and preserve their eyesight naturally through good diet, supplements, preventative habits, and a disciplined eye exercise program such as Rebuild Your Vision. More and more people are learning how to restore their vision naturally everyday.

From, you already know the tremendous benefit that eye exercises and good vision techniques and habits can have.

But, with many supplements on the market claim to enhance and improve vision, it can be downright confusing choosing which one is right for you. Now, let’s look at that each nutrient and their analysis.

Vitamin A
We all remember our mothers telling us to eat our carrots so we could have eyes like an eagle? But what do carrots really do for us?

Carrots contain a carotenoid called beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A which is an anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants such as vitamin A are essential to eye health.

Did you catch all that? Here it is again in slow motion ...

  • Carotenoids are pigments in plants and animals that provide red and yellow color.
  • Beta-carotene is a carotenoid. It is contained in carrots and other various food sources. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A.
  • Vitamin A is an anti-oxidant that is very important to the health of the eyes.
  • An antioxidant is any substance that prevents or impedes cell oxidation (destruction) by free radicals. A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to many problems, but this typically is not an issue in the U.S., more so in developing countries.

Vitamin A:

  • helps your eyes adjust to light changes
  • moistens the eyes, which can enhance visual acuity
  • has been shown to prevent the forming of cataracts
  • has been shown to help prevent blindness from macular degeneration - the leading cause of blindness in the world.

The recommended daily allowance for those over 11 years old is 1,000 retinol equivalents (RE) for men, and 800 RE for women. An average-sized carrot contains almost 2,000 RE, a sweet potato contains around 2,600, a mango has about 400, and for those iron-stomachs who can handle a dose of liver - 11,000 RE!

Lutein is another carotenoid that your body turns into an anti-oxidant. Lutein is the primary carotenoid located in the center of the retina, called the macula.

Six mg. of lutein has been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration by nearly 57%. A similar study showed that a diet low in lutein greatly increased the chance of developing cataracts. It benefits the overall health of the eye and has even been linked to reducing the hardening and narrowing of arteries.

There is currently no recommended daily allowance (RDA) for lutein, but the preventative effects stated above resulted from 6 mg. of lutein per day.

Lutein is found in food sources such as spinach, broccoli, and peas. One cup of raw spinach contains about 1.8 mg. of lutein, compared to 13.3 mg. contained in the same amount if it is cooked. One cup of cooked broccoli contains about 3 mg., and one cup of sliced green pepper contains around 1 mg.

With the busy lives we lead today, it is pretty hard to get 6 mg. per day from food sources, which is where a good supplement can come in.

Bilberries grow in the forest meadows of Europe, western Asia, and the northern Rocky Mountains. Bilberry is an herbal remedy that appears to have a very positive impact on vision. Its original use stems back to World War II when British pilots found that eating jam made from bilberries (a cousin to blueberries) helped to improve their night vision.

Researchers found that bilberry appear to fortify blood vessel walls, improving blood flow to the tiny blood vessels that keep eyes healthy and functioning properly, as well as to larger blood vessels that help maintain good circulation throughout the body. It also has been shown to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

There is no RDA for this herb, but studies suggest that 80-160 mg. of the standardized extract is the amount needed to obtain the above-mentioned benefits.

Vitamin C
It seems vitamin C is an important anti-oxidant for just about everything these days - and it deserves mention in the benefits it has in protecting your eyesight.

Vitamin C has been linked to the prevention of cataracts, the delay of macular degeneration, and eye pressure reduction in glaucoma patients. Add all these benefits to the seemingly endless other benefits that vitamin C has been linked to for our overall health: it is a Vitamin you do not want to be without.

The U.S. RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg. for both men and women. It does not stay in the body very long so it needs to be constantly replenished to obtain the benefits. One orange contains about 70 mg. of vitamin C, one cup of strawberries about 80 mg., and one cup of sweet red pepper contains a whopping 283 mg.!

Unfortunately, Americans tend to be more reactive than proactive. We typically don't start doing things that are helpful to our body until something goes wrong, at which time it is usually too late.

These four nutrients not only have preventative abilities, but I personally have found that there is a definite increase in my overall visual acuity when I am taking a good vision supplement that contains these four nutrients. Combined with the eye exercises, my vision becomes much sharper - especially at night, and my eyes tend to have more endurance, not becoming tired at the end of a long day.

I would recommend looking for these four nutrients in a good daily supplement. If you take a daily supplement already, you may be covering the vitamins A and C requirements, but it is not likely to include lutein or bilberry. The Ocu-Plus Formula is one supplement that provides all these nutritional support.

Studies have shown that the more often you take a supplement in small doses, the more effective. That means it is better to take three 20 mg. doses of vitamin C than one 60 mg. dose. Your body absorbs and excretes many nutrients quickly, so smaller doses ensure a steady flow.

As always, consult your doctor or a qualified medical professional before taking any supplement!

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Vision Tip : Increasing Your Computer Font Size

For those of you who can't read the words on your computer screen without wearing glasses, there's a quick and easy way to increase the size of the text on any web page you go to. The catch is that you need to have a roller wheel on your mouse that scrolls up and down the page. This type of mouse is available at any office supply or computer store. On any web page you visit, press and hold the "Ctrl" button while scrolling the roller wheel down as if you were scrolling down the page. Each roller wheel click will increase the text size by one font point. To reduce the text size back to normal, just hold the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard while scrolling the roller wheel upward!

*Note - This only works with Internet Explorer Browsers. For Netscape or Mozilla browsers, press the "Ctrl" key simultaneously with the + or - symbols to increase and decrease text size.

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Success Story of
Improving Your Vision Naturally Through Eye Exercises

"Starting 2 years ago my eyesight began to drop dramatically. I had to get new glasses every 6 months or so (nearsighted). My doctor said if my eyes continued to deteriorate at the current rate I'd be blind in 3 years. Luckily, I found these Rebuild Your Vision Programme. At first, I really didn't believe such a miracle could happen, and it sounded so simple. So it is, within 30 days my right eye improved from 20/345 to 20/220 (115 feet), and left eye from 20/380 to 20/260 (120 feet)! Only 25 minutes a day, no risk and not a high cost. This is truly amazing! Thanks again."

-Robin Tang, Norfolk, VA

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