Macular pigment is comprised of Zeaxanthin and Lutein, which are found in the center of the macula. MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) is important for three specific reasons:
- Low macular pigment is a key risk factor for Age-related Macular Degeneration
- Macular pigment absorbs harmful blue light, protecting the photo-receptors from damage
- Macular pigment improves visual performance, including visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, light sensitivity, and glare recovery
How can Restore or AREDS 2 Plus Zinc-Free help?
EyePromise Restore and AREDS 2 Plus Zinc-Free replicate the natural level of Zeaxanthin and Lutein found in a healthy macula to help rebuild macular pigment, preserve and enhance healthy vision, and fight against age-related eye health issues.
- Highest level of dietary Zeaxanthin available
- Macular health formula designed to be taken with a multi-vitamin
- The only brand guaranteed to increase MOPD
- Highest-quality, natural ingredients
- Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Why are there two formulas?
Based on the data in a new study published by the Journal of Ophthalmology, it has been found that in certain eye formulas will actually speed up the progression of their eye disease Whether or not this happens is based on each individual’s genetic makeup. Without genetic screening, there is no way for patients to know which supplements to take to slow the progression of their eye disease.
If you have a family history of Age Related Macular Degeneration or have otherwise been told you are at risk for the disease, talk to us about the MaculaRisk PGX genetic testing. With this technology, we can recommend the eye formula that is appropriate for your genetic makeup.
Omega-3s and Fish Oils
Studies suggest omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration and Dry Eye syndrome. Essential fatty acids may also help decrease eye pressure and reduce the risk of glaucoma. Your body does not produce Omega-3s so they must be consumed and can be found in cold water fish such as Wild Salmon, Sardines, Rainbow Trout, Tuna, and Mackerel or a safe Fish Oil supplement can be taken. Omega-6s, which are very plentiful in our diets, need to be limited for Omega 3s to be properly absorbed and used by our bodies. The ideal ratio is 1 Omega 3 or every 4 Omega 6s. For most Americans the ratio is closer to 1 Omega 3 for every 30 Omega 6s. The easiest and safest way to achieve the proper ratio is through a combination of proper diet and supplementation.
How much should I be taking?
For Omega-3 deficiency: 500mg EPA + DHA
For proactive support: 1g EPA+DHA
For high-intensity support: 2-4g EPA+DHA
Beware: Product labels can be confusing. For instance a 1000mg soft gel refers to the size of the soft gel, not the levels of EPA+DHA. Make sure you read the supplement facts to confirm how much EPA+DHA you are getting.
How to Choose a Fish Oil Supplement
Quality varies widely among fish oil supplements. Use the guidelines below to ensure you are purchasing a high quality product.
- Purity: Purified of mercury, lead, and other toxins
- Freshness: Minimized oxidation for no fishy taste
- Taste: Fishy smell or taste indicates low quality fish oil
- Triglyceride Form: Offers optimal absorption and results
- Third-Party Testing: Ensures quality, freshness, and purity.
Things to remember when shopping for supplements:
Quality supplements will be in capsule form, never a hard tablet.
Dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Companies can claim that products improve health as long as they have supporting research and include a disclaimer that the FDA hasn't evaluated the claim.
Many well known supplement include ingredients that are also found in hair dyes, glues, resins, cement, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and laxatives. Some of these substances are known to cause cancer and/or birth defects.
If you would like recommendations, we offer superior supplement products in our office. Many of these products offer guaranteed nutrient absorption.