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Information about nutrients and eye health.

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  • What Your Diet May Be Missing
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  • Nutrients and Eye Health

    Did you know as you age your eyes can lose vital nutrients?
    Just as you may take calcium and Vitamin D to help build strong bones, there are nutrients you can take to help protect your eye health.* These nutrients include:

    Lutein and Zeaxanthin
    (Pronounced loo’teen and Zee’-a-zan-thin)

    • Powerful antioxidants naturally present in the macula - the part of the retina responsible for central vision.1
    • Critical for helping filter out harmful blue light, which can damage the macula.1
    • Cannot be produced by our bodies on their own, so they must be obtained through diet and/or supplements.

    Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    • A family of fatty acids that help protect eye health.2
    • Important structural lipid in the retina.2
    • Help support proper function and health of your eyes as you age.2
    • Help promote healthy tear production necessary for healthy and comfortable eyes.3

    Other Nutrients

    • Antioxidants Vitamins C and E, Zinc and beta carotene help protect eyes from oxidative stress.
    • Vital for eye health.
    ?Macula: The region of the retina responsible for central vision

    What Your Diet May Be Missing

    Eye healthy foods
    Many dark leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables are rich in Lutein?Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Powerful antioxidants naturally present in the macula. Critical for helping filter out harmful blue light. and Zeaxanthin?Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Powerful antioxidants naturally present in the macula. Critical for helping filter out harmful blue light., vital nutrients for eye health.4

    Oil-rich fish such as tuna and salmon along with nuts and fortified eggs are an excellent source of omega-3s?Omega-3s: A family of fatty acids that help protect eye health., another important nutrient for your eyes.5

    Unfortunately, many of us do not consume enough of these eye-healthy foods in our daily diets.6

    How much would you have to eat per day...

    ...to equal the amount of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in 1 Ocuvite Adult 50+ soft gel?7
    • BROCCOLI
      broccoli
      5 cups / day
    • CORN
      corn
      6 cups / day
    ...to equal the amount of Omega-3 in 1 Ocuvite Adult 50+ soft gel?6
    • SALMON
      salmon
      1 Ounce / day
    • TUNA
      tuna
      4 OUNCES / day

    Other Resources

    References +

    1. SanGiovanni JP, Chew EY, Clemons TE, et al; for Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. The relationship of dietary carotenoid and vitamin A,E, and C intake with age-related macular degeneration in a case-control study: AREDS Report No. 22. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(9): 1225-1232
    2. Hodge W, Barnes D, Schachter H, et al. Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Eye Health. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 117 AHRQ Publication No. 05-E008-2. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2005.
    3. National Eye Institute: Facts about Dry eye available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/dryeye/dryeye.asp (accessed 3-13-13)
    4. Sommerburg O, Keunen JE, Bird AC, van Kuijk FJ. Fruits and vegetables that are sources for lutein and zeaxanthin: the macular pigment in human eyes.Br J Ophthalmol. 1998 Aug;82(8):907-10.
    5. Office of Dietary Supplements. National Institutes of Health. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health available at: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth
    6. Cordain L, Eaton SB, Sebastian A, Mann N, Lindeberg S, Watkins BA, OKeefe JH, Brand-Miller J. Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Feb, 81(2):341-354
    7. US Department of Agriculture. What’s In the Foods You Eat Search Tool. Available at: http://reedir.arsnet.usda.gov/codesearchwebapp/(frjdk0yboj4mv455uy0sxfrd)/codesearch.aspx. Accessed March 16, 2012.
    8. Supplement Facts Label: Centrum Silver, One A Day Women's 50+ Advantage, Nature Made Multi 50+, and Ocuvite Adult 50+ Formula. Not a complete list of ingredients contained in each product. Comparison based on supplement facts from product labeling.
    9. SanGiovanni JP, Chew EY. The role of Omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in health and disease of the retina. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2005;24(1):87-138.

    *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.