Eye health is one of the most overlooked components of healthy aging. We spend a good deal of time thinking about our joint health, heart health and brain health but comparatively little time thinking about our vision. Today, I’d like to discuss how you can support your eye health and help combat common conditions like macular degeneration and night blindness.

It’s no secret that regular exercise, while necessary, takes a toll on the body. In much the same way, simply using your eyes can take a toll on your long-term vision health, especially if you are exposed to excess blue and ultraviolet light.

A special set of carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, make up the macular pigment (MP), a spot in the center of the macula that absorbs damaging light, protecting and maintaining its function. When we are young, the body synthesizes special forms of zeaxanthin from lutein creating a dense macular pigment. However, as we age, this density declines as can the ability to synthesize zeaxanthin. That’s where supplementing with lutein and zeaxanthin directly can help.

Another age-related vision problem is decreased night vision. One reason for this is a decline in the production of a compound that absorbs light called rhodopsin. With less light being absorbed, glare becomes a greater problem making tasks like nighttime driving difficult. Fortunately, research shows a unique preparation of European black currant berry extract can increase regeneration of rhodopsin making night vision better over time.

MacuGuard Ocular Support with Saffron & Astaxanthin from Life Extension is a comprehensive formula that contains all these nutrients in a single softgel. In addition, it includes complimentary nutrients to enhance absorption and utilization. Adding this formula to your daily regimen can help support your vision now and for years to come.

This information is not intended as personal medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.