Lead­ing MD warns: Popular vi­sion sup­ple­ments of­ten fall short

Los Angeles Times - - PARADE -

Lutein can be a pow­er­ful way to im­prove mac­u­lar health, vis­ual acu­ity, and glare tol­er­ance, but it’s just one of over a dozen nu­tri­ents that can help main­tain op­ti­mal eye health. Oth­ers in­clude bil­berry and black cur­rant— clin­i­cally shown to im­prove the eyes’ abil­ity to adapt from light to dark within just 30 min­utes—zeax­an­thin, beta-carotene, tau­rine, vi­ta­min C, and herbs like eye­bright and schisan­dra. “It is crit­i­cal that you take a com­pre­hen­sive vi­sion sup­ple­ment for long-term eye health. Your eyes are far too pre­cious to skimp by tak­ing a sup­ple­ment with two or three in­gre­di­ents in measly doses. Any eye health sup­ple­ment you take should de­liver no­tice­able re­sults you can SEE!” says Dr. Whi­taker. “Sup­ple­ment mak­ers must think con­sumers are blind and can’t clearly see the fraud that ex­ists in store brand sup­ple­ments,” says lead­ing eye health ex­pert Ju­lian Whi­taker, MD. “They make claims of im­prov­ing vi­sion with nu­tri­ents like lutein, but then only give you 5–10 mg, when the clin­i­cal stud­ies de­mand much more.” Are you one of the mil­lions of Amer­i­cans tak­ing an eye health sup­ple­ment hop­ing for sharper fo­cus, bet­ter night vi­sion, less eye­strain, and anti-aging pro­tec­tion—but you haven’t “seen” any real dif­fer­ence? There’s a rea­son.

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