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Can you guess what has recently popped up as one of today’s most concerning health hazards?

Hints: We are all exposed to it every day. It’s not a contagious virus but is more frequent than the common cold.
It’s called “blue light.” And scientists are warning us that it poses very serious risks to our eyesight.

What is Blue Light?

Blue light is that ubiquitous aura that constantly emanates from the screens of our various electronic devices. We are bombarded with it. Our cell phones, tablets, TVs, laptops and interior LED lights emit this perpetual glow that we now know, with absolute certainty, wreaks havoc on our eyes and vision.

What are the Dangers of Blue Light?

Even more prevalent than sunlight exposure, blue light has emerged as the foremost threat to our vision by penetrating and damaging the retina and other parts of our eye.

Our cumulative daily exposure to blue light is often far greater than we realize. Blue light exposure significantly increases our risk of developing age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in older adults.

How Does Ocu-Blue Protect Against Blue Light?

Healthy eyes have their own protective layer of pigment-saturated cells called the retinal pigment epithelium. These pigmented cells are naturally rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, and other carotenoids provided by an antioxidant-rich diet.

Recent scientific research shows that daily supplementation with the specific antioxidant phytonutrients used to formulate Ocu-Blue prevents and mitigates the damaging effects of blue light. The three super-potent, natural source carotenoid antioxidants in Ocu-Blue act synergistically as cellular protectors and rejuvenators for our eyes. Encapsulated in an easy-to-swallow soft gel, the antioxidants in Ocu-Blue are suspended in a base of olive oil for optimal absorption.

What are the Ingredients in Prairie Naturals Ocu-Blue?

Astaxanthin

Scientists have found that astaxanthin, a red-hued member of the carotenoid family, crosses the blood barrier of the brain and defends our cells from every potential assault. Derived from the marine microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, its versatile and all-encompassing antioxidant properties particularly benefit our eyes and vision. 

Age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, neuropathy, and inflammatory eye diseases — all respond to the positive effects of astaxanthin’s cell-protective properties, making it the most powerful eye nutrient known! 

Its natural red colour comes from xanthophylls, a carotenoid pigment that colours salmon, crab, krill and lobster with their distinctive vivid red hues. In particular, these xanthophylls deposit in the macula of the eye, protecting our eyes from the damaging risks of blue light.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

From the Latin word “luteus” which means “yellow”, lutein and its sister nutrient, zeaxanthin, are naturally occurring pigments in the carotenoid family. While every part of our body benefits from the intake of these two fat-soluble antioxidants, our eyes probably benefit the most from lutein and zeaxanthin. 

These pigments (derived from marigold flowers) literally deposit in the retina and macula to protect eye cells from oxidative damage and the effects of blue light. Recent published human studies show that supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin boosts visual function in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

More About Protective Carotenoids in Ocu-Blue

Certain carotenoids, including astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin, have a unique molecular structure that enables them to soak up intense blue wavelengths. They, hence, can prevent damage to the delicate rod and cone cells in our eyes that convert light energy into electrical impulses. These protective carotenoids provide early prevention against age-related macular degeneration and promote retinal health.

5 Tips to Prevent Blue Light Eye Damage

  • Take one Ocu-Blue softgel daily with a meal.
  • Eat more antioxidant-rich superfoods every day.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Turn off all your electronic devices two to three hours before bedtime.
  • If you work at night or use electronic devices at night, wear blue-blocking glasses.

RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc. Pharm is a holistic consultant with more than 40 years of experience in both conventional and natural medicine. Currently, she counsels and lectures on holistic health and mind/body vitality, formulates new health products, as well as offers group workshops in community-building. Know more here!

References

  1. Nutrients for Prevention of Macular Degeneration and Eye-Related Diseases Antioxidants (Basel). 2019 Apr; 8(4): 85.
  2. Clinical Applications of Astaxanthin in the Treatment of Ocular Diseases: Emerging Insights Mar Drugs. 2020 May; 18(5): 239.

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