Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans and millions more around the world. The disease attacks the macula of the eye, where our sharpest central vision occurs. Although it rarely results in complete blindness, it robs the individual of all but the outermost, peripheral vision, leaving only dim images or black holes at the center of vision.
There are several forms of macular degeneration, but the fastest growing form is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the number one cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in adults over 60 in the U.S. As our population ages, and the "baby boomers" advance into their 60's and 70's, we will see a virtual epidemic of AMD. Perhaps 14%-24% of the U.S. population aged 65-74 years and 35% of people aged 75 years or more have the disease.
Astaxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Black currant are key to total eye health and clear vision new and improved OCU-PLUS formula supports every part of the eye and is based on today's most cutting-edge nutritional science.
OCU-PLUS contain Astaxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Bilberry Extract ,Zinc, Copper, Carrot Root Extract ,Glycine, Black Currant Extract,L-Gltutamic Acid HCL, NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
Astaxanthin which concentrates in the iris-ciliary muscle of the eye, which is located at the very center of your retinas. It's the muscle that helps your eye adjust between close-up vision for reading, and distance vision for viewing movies, road signs, and the like. Astaxanthin helps absorb light and guard against free radical damage.
Other carotenoids have begun to attain a certain level of fame for having beneficial properties for the eyes. There is no doubt that lutein and zeaxanthin are wonderful products to support and protect the eyes, and there is credible evidence that they can help prevent age related macular degeneration and other degenerative conditions. But due to Natural Astaxanthin's superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, indications are that it will prove to be superior to all other nutraceuticals for eye and brain health.
Scientists believe that something may cause people's internal antioxidant defense system to malfunction or wear out as we age. Our bodies may lose the ability to produce high levels of the antioxidants that are normally produced internally such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Also, our bodies are now subjected to unprecedented levels of oxidation caused by environmental factors such as pollution, containments, processed food and the high levels of stress in modern life. All of these lead to an assault on our vital organs as we age, particularly our brains and eyes.
The eye, in particular is now subjected to much higher levels of oxidation than our ancestors' experienced. The depletion of the ozone layer is causing more intense sunlight than ever before, which directly affects the eyes and skin. Excessive exposure to sunlight and to the highly oxygenated environment cause free radicals to be generated in the eye. A condition called “ischemia” which is a type of blockage that deprives the eye of nutrition and oxygen is a common cause of increased oxidation in the eye. Another cause of increased oxidation in the eye happens when the ischemic blockages are removed. The reoxygenation of the tissue after blockage is called “reperfusion,” and the end result is another attack on the eye's normal oxidative balance. Even normal enzymatic processes cause increased generation of free radicals and singlet oxygen such as hydrogen peroxide, superoxide and hydroxyl in the eyes.
Free radicals and singlet oxygen oxidize the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the retina which leads to functional impairment of the retinal cell membranes, causing temporary and permanent damage to the retinal cells. Once the retina is damaged, it cannot be replaced. Antioxidants that can reach the inner eye by crossing the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers are essential because they protect the eye from these damaging conditions.
The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are normally found in the eyes. Astaxanthin is not. Some groundbreaking work was done by Dr. Mark Tso of the University of Illinois on Astaxanthin's benefits on the eyes. Dr. Tso was the first person who proved that Astaxanthin could cross the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers. He took laboratory rats and tested their eyes for Astaxanthin. As expected, he did not find any present. Then he fed the rats Astaxanthin and retested, this time finding Astaxanthin present in the retina. He proved that Astaxanthin could cross first the blood-brain barrier and get into the brain, and then once in the brain it could reach the retina and the macula by crossing through the blood-retinal barrier.
Astaxanthin Singlet oxygen quenching activity in a lipid and water soluble system (Nishida et al ., 2007)
6000 times stronger than Vitamin C
3000 times stronger than resveratrol and quercitin
800 times stronger than CoQ10
560 times stronger than epigallocatechin-gallate
500 times stronger than Vitamin E
75 times stronger than alpha-lipoic acid
zLutein shown to promote the health of your retina, macula, lenses, and optic nerves, as well as support visual acuity. A recent study examined subjects' tolerance to glare. The study showed that participants who took 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily for four months had a significant improvement in their glare tolerance. After six months, their recovery time for seeing clearly again after being “blinded” by bright light significantly decreased. 3 Plus, there's a new study, hot off the presses that reveals taking lutein, zeaxanthin, and black currant together—in the doses included in OCU-PLUS may reduce visual fatigue.OCU-PLUS provides 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of a xanthin blend, including zeaxanthin and astaxanthin—the optimal doses based on the latest research . This is important, especially when it comes to lutein. A new study published in Clinical Nutrition showed that the proper dose of lutein is critical for supporting optimal eye health. In fact, inadequate levels may prevent you from experiencing any benefits at all.
zAlpha lipoic acid, taurine, N-acetyl cysteine, L-glycine , and vitamin C to shield delicate eye cells from the damaging oxidative stress caused by UV light.
zZinc , a mineral which is highly concentrated in your retinas which helps them function properly.
avitamin A in beta-carotene form, which synthesizes a chemical needed for clear eyesight. Dr. Whitaker made this change based on the AREDS study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, pure beta-carotene , when combined with other eye-supporting nutrients, is what your eyes require for healthy vision.
zZeaxanthin — important for overall vision, especially critical for seeing color and detail and enhancing the eyes' ability to keep things in focus.
zAlpha Lipoic Acid ( ALA ), restoring them to their active forms after they have become oxidized.
zBlack currant , which also promotes the antioxidant defense mechanisms in your retinal epithelial cells, and supports blood vessels, which is critical to your eye health and night vision. Black currant , a natural cousin to blueberries and cranberries, has been shown in clinical studies to produce measurable improvements in night vision. Black currant contains anthocyanosides and other flavonoids, which also help improve circulation to and within the eyes. A balanced diet that includes supplementation with astaxanthin, black currant , lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin may improve night vision as well as put an end to dry, tired eyes and reduce the effects of glare. Studies show that within 30 minutes, black currant can significantly improve your night vision. In another study, participants were given a drink containing 40 mg of black currant anthocyanosides. As in the first study, participants could see significantly better in the dark—once again within just 30 minutes.
Suggested Usage: Take 2 Capsules 2 time daily.For best results, Use for at least 12 consecutive weeks. Please leave a 3-4 hour internal between taking OCU-PLUS and prescription medication.
For maintenance: Take 1 Capsule 2 time daily or whenever needed.
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