Well-Fed Eyes

If you are what you eat and the eyes are the windows to the soul, nutrition can affect just how clearly you see through your windows.

The cornea of the eye can be likened to a window letting in light that is transformed into vision, images produced on the retina.

As the inner lining of the eye, the retina contains around 127 million light receptors: cones that produce colors and rods that adjust the contrast between light and dark.

Looking at the cellular level of the retina reveals the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a very thin layer of cube-like cells beneath the cones and rods. RPE cells channel oxygen and nutrients to these light receptors as well as recycle nutrients and remove waste.

The relationship between RPE cells and light receptors is crucial to eye health. And the right kind of nutrition is vital to keeping this relationship healthy.

Poor Nutrition Can Lead to Vision Loss

A 2019 study published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal determined that unhealthy diets can result in oxidative stress and impaired function of the retinal pigment epithelium. In other words, the wrong food can negatively alter vision at the cellular level.

Just like a clogged colon lined with impacted waste from poor nutrition, a similar effect can happen in the retina as a result of not eating well. The retinal pigment epithelium becomes unable to effectively detoxify the visual center of the eye.

A leading cause of vision loss is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), affecting the central part of the retina. AMD onset is caused by damage to retinal pigment epithelial cells. But there is nutritional protection from such eye issues.

A Few Eye-Healthy Nutrients

According to the American Optometric Association, a variety of antioxidant compounds that include beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin can help to prevent AMD or slow its progression. These carotenoids build and maintain the thickness of the retinal pigment epithelium, so they should be a regular part of a healthy diet.

A 2017 study found that although RPE cells consume a number of different nutrients, the amino acid proline tops the list. It seems that this nonessential amino acid—meaning the body can produce it—is essential for the retinal pigment epithelium. Besides, if you are sick or under stress, your body may not be able to produce enough.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to provide vision protection, and flaxseed oil delivers a plant-based source.

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The key ingredient for a healthy body is wholesome food because that is where you get the bulk of the nutrients your cells need to maintain physical and mental well-being. And so it follows that what’s good for the body is healthy for the visual system.

Healthy Vision AIM

AIM has always promoted the fine idea of eating well, along with providing whole-food concentrates and targeted supplements to further increase the intake of natural nutrients that support overall body health, including the visual system.

The finest natural nutrients come from food that grows out of the earth. AIM harnessed a concentration of that goodness in whole-food powders. For example, Just Carrots and LeafGreens support eye health with nutrients such as beta-carotene and lutein.

One of the many amino acids in ProPeas is proline, the preferred food of the RPE cells that literally feed and detoxify the eyes.

As a targeted supplement, GinkgoSense supports blood flow to the extremities and contains the antioxidant compounds lutein and zeaxanthin.

For plant-based omega-3, AIMega delivers an organic source of this essential fatty acid from flaxseed oil.

Supplementing a healthy diet with AIM products such as these helps to ensure a steady supply of eye-healthy nutrients.

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Improving Vision with Nutrition

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is when a person has difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses, contacts lens or after having eye surgery. It affects one out of six adults over age 45 and one out of four adults over age 75. Low vision can be caused by conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Prevention

Nutritional intake plays a major role in preventing diseases, and this includes conditions that affect vision. Eating foods and taking supplements that provide nutrients that the body cannot produce, such as lutein and zeaxanthin—carotenoid pigments found in the macula—and beta-carotene, give the eyes nutritional support for staying healthy.1 All three plant-based micronutrients are structurally related to vitamin A.

Vitamin A helps to maintain clear corneas. Consumption of lutein and zeaxanthin has been shown to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration.2 Along with a diet that provides these micronutrients, the age-related eye disease studies (AREDS) recommends sup­plementing with nutrients that include beta-caro­tene, lutein and zeaxanthin to prevent macular degeneration.

AIM Eye Nutrition

Among the many healthy nutrients found in carrots, the juice powder in Just Carrots provides a concentrated source of beta-carotene that the body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage that can cause eye issues.

GinkgoSense contains both lutein and zeaxanthin, which are also powerful anti-
oxidants that protect the eyes from oxidative stress. And there are more eye-healthy ingredients in the GinkgoSense formula, including Ginkgo biloba and bilberry.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food3 revealed that Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) and the anthocyanins in bilberry fruit could be effective for improving visual function in patients with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), which damages the optic nerve.

February is Low Vision Awareness Month for good reason. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, around 3 million Americans have it.

The study determined that eye health benefits of GBE and bilberry anthocyanins are likely to include improved circulation and protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with improved cognitive function. The brain-boosting effect puts the sense in GinkgoSense.

The right nutrients can help to prevent low vision, and Just Carrots and GinkgoSense are just two of several AIM supplements that deliver eye-healthy nutrition.

References accessed November 16, 2018

1 https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/lutein-and-zeaxanthin-protection-against-macular
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15604618
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3429325/

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Carrots: Orange You Glad You’ve Lowered Your Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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It’s pretty well established that carrots and their inherent nutrients are good for your eyeballs. In fact, a complete lack of vitamin A will devastate your corneas, and just a little bit of vitamin A deficiency will dry your peepers out. Beta carotene can also help improve your night vision because vitamin A assists the eyes in converting low light into “easy-to-think” brain signals.

But a study released earlier this month, found that carrots may significantly lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the most common and severe cause of vision loss in people over sixty.

Researchers from the hallowed halls of Harvard U followed 100,000 people over the age of fifty for twenty-five years and learned that folks who chowed down on the highest levels of the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein had a forty percent lower risk of developing the advanced form of ARMD than those who ate the fewest carotenoids. They also found that people who were getting alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin in great amounts lowered their risk of AMRD by twenty-five to thirty-five percent when compared to people who didn’t eat that stuff so much.

Researchers accredit lutein and zeaxanthin for these positive benefits due to their ability to protect the macular of the eye by acting as antioxidants that filter out damaging blue light and defending cells from free radical damage.

You’ll find plenty of carotenoids in Just Carrots.