You know how important “eating right” is for your general health and well-being, but you might not realize how your diet plays a critical role in maintaining healthy eyes. Getting the right nutrients every day can help protect your eyes, improve your visual performance and reduce the risk of certain eye conditions as you age.
Lutein (LOO-teen) and zeaxanthin (zee-uh-zan´-thin) are essential nutrients that are deposited as a protective layer in the macula, a small spot in the back of the eye responsible for central vision. They are powerful antioxidants that work like internal sunglasses, protecting your eyes from damaging light from the sun, indoor lighting and even computer screens.
Your body doesn’t make lutein and zeaxanthin, so it’s essential that you consume these nutrients daily through your diet and eye vitamins. Science suggests that you should get at least 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily to protect your eyes and keep them healthy. Eating green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale provides the best dietary sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, but it’s difficult to get the amounts your eyes need from diet alone. For example, most Americans get less than 2 mg each day.
Knowing the level of lutein and zeaxanthin in your eyes helps you take safe and easy measures to protect them and keep them healthy. This level is measured as macular pigment optical density or MPOD. It is estimated that nearly half of Americans have a low level of lutein plus zeaxanthin in their eyes (low MPOD).
Clinical research shows daily supplementation with products containing FloraGLO® Lutein increases lutein and zeaxanthin levels (MPOD) in the eye for optimal protection, so it’s no wonder why FloraGLO is the lutein brand trusted and recommended by more doctors for eye health in the U.S.*
*Based on the results of the National Disease and Therapeutic Index syndicated report among physicians who recommend a dietary supplement with lutein for eye health – Dec. 2011 – Dec. 2012 (USA data)
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