Our Ocular Health Formula is based off the science of AREDS/AREDS2 with the addition of some of the best antioxidants for the eye. While carotenoids like Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Astaxanthin are important and clinically beneficial, an additional dose of key antioxidants is also beneficial. Here is what our scientific advisory panel requested we put in our formula:
1) Euphrasia officinalls – Typically used as a homeopathic remedy for inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause for many ailments and plays a role in AMD.
2) Astaxanthin - Its free radical scavenging activity is more potent than the antioxidant activities of similar carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene, and lutein. Astaxanthin has a long list of health benefits, including protecting you from eye diseases like AMD.
3) Alpha Lipoic Acid - Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant. Alpha lipoic acid is used for diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. High doses of alpha lipoic acid are approved in Germany for the treatment of these symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid is also used to treat eye related disorders, such as damage to the retina, cataracts, etc.
4) Vaccinium myrtillus (Anthocyanidins from Bilberry fruit extract) – Bilberry contains anthocyanosides which are potent antioxidants which strengthen capillary walls, improve red blood cells and have cholesterol lowering affects. The herb is also a vasodilator that opens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. It is used to treat age-related eye problems including night blindness and macular degeneration. Scientific studies have shown improvement in ocular circulation.
5) Vitus vinifera (Proanthocyanidins source from Grape seed extract) – Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant, classified as one of the bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids have the ability to strengthen vessel walls within a short time after ingesting them.
6) L-Glutathione – Is another powerful antioxidant shown to protect the sulfur-containing proteins within the eye's natural lens from free radical damage which clouds the lens and inhibits light from entering. Researchers have found that AMD is correlated to low glutathione levels within the body.