February 27, 2012 V6 N09
A WORD FROM DAVE:
Joni Mitchell sang, "you don't know what ya got til it's gone;" this may never be more true than with your eyesight...
Declining vision can be a tremendous handicap - whether it be having to be prescribed glasses or contacts and the added daily burden of maintaining them, or having trouble reading a menu in a restaurant, close calls while driving, or simply no longer being able to participate in favorite activities like reading your crossword puzzles or bowling with friends.
Up until now there has been no real solution other than glasses for improving your vision, and I emphasize up until now because recent clinical research shows that you can actually strengthen your eyes, stop the progressive decline in vision and even improve your eyesight when you combine proper nutrition and proper exercise.
Yes, it is true that you must approach your failing eye health the same way as you approach any other health ailment - most people don’t think about needing to feed their eyes nutrients or to exercise the eye’s muscles, but a holistic approach to improving eyesight requires both!
Our eyes are both the window to our soul and our window to the outside world, so in honor of next month's designation as "Save Your Vision Month," Purium Health Products would like to bring attention to this worldwide issue and the little known solution, our amazing Astaxanthin Advantage – which has been clinically proven to help repair damaged nerve endings and degeneration. (Read the article below for more about Astaxanthin's advantages!)
Part 2 of our naturopathic solution is Spirulina which contains beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin - each proven to be vital to eye health.
Part 3 includes Purium's Heart Aid because of its significance in increasing circulation which is required for nutrient transport and delivery.
Lastly, we would like you to print out and use the attached eye exercise chart.
Tibetan Eye Chart
This chart was developed by Tibetan monks after they had spent countless hours as scribes taxing their eyes. A serious toll had been taken on their sight which led them to research and design a series of exercises - that when combined with proper nutrition create a synergistic and increased benefit for our vision.
Keep reading for more information about the wonders of Astaxanthin.
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~ David Sandoval
Owner/Founder/Chief Science Officer
|ARTICLE OF THE WEEK |
Astaxanthin Relieves Tired Eyes and Improves Visual Acuity
June 25, 3:49 AM Phoenix Alternative Medicine Examiner Deborah Mitchell
Tired eyes, eye strain, irritated eyes, and sensitivity to glare—if you suffer with any of these problems, then an antioxidant called astaxanthin may help. Research shows that astaxanthin can provide relief for these and other symptoms associated with the eyes and vision.
What is astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid in the class of plant compounds called xanthophylls. It is found naturally in the alga Haematococcus pluvialis, which is consumed by marine life such as lobster, shrimp, and salmon and gives them their reddish color. The carotenoid seems to work by improving blood flow to the muscles that control accommodation in the eye, as well as to the small blood vessels in the retina. Astaxanthin also has anti-inflammatory properties. This antioxidant has an unusual structure that allows it to trap free radicals and prevent damage from oxidation.
Astaxanthin, eye fatigue, and eyestrain
Eye fatigue, also known as asthenopia, is a major complaint of people who spend hours in front of a computer or who spend time outside in the sun. Asthenopia is characterized by eye weakness, irritated eyes, sensitivity to glare, poor depth perception, and poor accommodation, which is difficulty focusing the eyes on objects at different distances, as when you shift from distance vision to close work and back again. The results of several studies show that astaxanthin is highly effective in relieving symptoms of asthenopia. In one randomized, placebo-controlled study conducted in Japan, researchers found that people who work on computer monitors had a 54 percent reduction in eye fatigue and experienced improvements in accommodation when they took 6 mg astaxanthin per day for four weeks compared with individuals who took a placebo.
Several other studies have looked at the impact of different doses of astaxanthin on accommodation. Any improvement in accommodation means people experience less eyestrain and thus better eye health. Investigators found that accommodation improved when patients took either 4 mg or 12 mg daily for four weeks. Their studies also indicated that astaxanthin is better at preventing eye fatigue than in treating it, although it does offer treatment benefits as well.Astaxanthin may also be helpful for other eye conditions. Studies show that xanthophylls are associated with a lower risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, as well as a form of eye inflammation called uveitis.
|FOCUS ON - ASTAXANTHIN ADVANTAGE|
Purium’s Astaxanthin Advantage
- In a very exciting human study, Astaxanthin showed benefits for immune enhancement, oxidative stress & inflammation reduction and also decreased damage to DNA (Park, et al, 2010)
- In another promising human study, Astaxanthin reduced triglycerides and increased good cholesterol (HDL) in patients with mild hyperlipidemia (Yoshida, et al, 2010)
- A study on Astaxanthin’s abilities as a sunscreen reinforced earlier studies demonstrating positive benefits for skin health and its capacity to prevent damage from UV light (Suganuma, et al, 2010)
- Eye health benefits for Astaxanthin were further validated in a rat study which found a protective effect for Astaxanthin in ocular hypertension (Cort, et al, 2010)
- Astaxanthin was found to protect against damage from ischemia (blockage of arteries) through its intense antioxidant activity (Curek, et al, 2010)
- Astaxanthin was found to be a potent agent against neurodegenerative disorders (Chan, et al, 2010)
- Astaxanthin displayed an ability to improve the profileration of neural stem cells (Kim, et al, 2010)
Click here to learn more about Purium's Astaxanthin Advantage
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