Eyes bring in more than 90 percent of the information entering the average human brain. From books, computers and television to sunsets and landscapes, it is clear that vision plays a major role in your life.
With today's ever-accumulating pollution and diminishing nutrient quality of foods, nutrition for your eyes is important to retain proper vision. Studies show that improved nutrition may reduce vision loss associated with aging and be particularly helpful in the prevention of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and other diseases that affect your eyes. New Roots Herbal ForSight provides a unique synergistic blend of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, carotenoids, nutraceuticals all standardized to provide valuable support for vibrant healthy eyes and eyesight. New Roots ForSight combines traditional knowledge and experience with current cutting-edge products. High-quality nutrient complexes are specifically designed to sustain important eye functions. New Roots ForSight is a virtually sideeffect- free option to fighting the progression of several very serious eye diseases that could affect your sight.
This formula is especially important for people who work at a computer, frequently drive at night, or focus on detail-oriented tasks.
So what's in New Roots ForSight?
Lutein 10%, Zeaxanthin 20%, Astazanthin 2% and Lycopene 5%
Carotenoids extracted from plants have shown to reduce the risk of vision problems. The most common problem is age-related macular degeneration. The macula is a spot in the eye that processes details in the center of everything we see. It is protected from the damaging effects of light by pigment, which is comprised mainly of lutein. Light exposure causes oxidative damage and macular degeneration, which causes spots blocking out the center of our vision. A lack of lutein in the diet or in over-farmed produce today can lead to low levels of macular pigment, which is what contributes to macular degeneration. Lycopene is found in high concentrations in ocular tissues, with the exception of neural retina and the lens.At the International Scientific symposium, Frederick Khachik, from the University of Maryland presented new preliminary information that suggests that carotenoids, particularly lycopene, may protect the eye against oxidative damage and thereby play a critical role in visual function.
Dr. Khachik's research review builds on the well established knowledge that lutein and zeaxanthin are also the two main dietary carotenoids in ocular tissues and may provide protection against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in those 65 and older. Astazanthin protects the eyes from UV A and UV B damage by quenching singlet and triplet oxygen molecules.
Anthocyanidins are a group of bioflavonoids that contain especially powerful antioxidant capabilities. They are derived from many different fruits including strawberries, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, elderberries, grapes and raspberries.Multi- Anthocyanidins derived from flavonoid-rich fruits are powerful-free radical scavengers, which protect the eye's retina.
A lack of vitamin A, in rare conditions, may cause blindness. It may also cause dry eyes, eye infections, skin problems, and slowed growth. In the body, Beta- Carotene is converted into Vitamin A and has been reported to prevent cataracts from forming, as well as play a role in preventing blindness from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the world today. Our Beta-Carotene is a natural antioxidant that we source from algae that contain carotenoids. Carotenoids are simply red to yellow pigments in plants and animals that act as antioxidants.
Vitamin E (Non GMO)
Like vitamins A and C, vitamin E may reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. The mineral selenium and zinc help your body to absorb antioxidant vitamins and have their own protective effects as well.
Grape Seed Extract OPC 95%, Bilberry 25% and Ginkgo 24% / 6%
Grape Seed Extract has a strong affinity for the portion of the retina that is responsible for visual acuity. It prevents free radical damage and reinforces the collagen structures of the retina. The blood flow to your retina decreases with age. Ginkgo extract significantly increases blood flow to the ophthalmic artery by 23%and is used in treatment of glaucomatous optic neuropathy as well as other ischemic ocular diseases.
The anthocyanidins in bilberry, which have the ability to protect and regenerate retinal purple (rhodopsin) are the primary agents responsible for healing the eyes. These anthocyanidins also decrease vascular permeability and interact with blood vessel collagen in such a way as to slow down enzymatic attack of the blood vessel walls. This prevents leakage of capillaries, decreases ocular pressure and relieves painful edemas.
Vitamins B1, 2, 3, 6 and C
A full spectrum of B Vitamins and active B Vitamins helps maintain the health of eyes, nerves and skin. Conjunctivitis can be triggered by a vitamin B2 deficiency, but supplementing with the entire B complex can increase the availability of vitamin B2 without inducing deficiencies of the other B vitamins. Studies suggest that high levels of vitamin C can reduce the risk of cataracts, which are caused by a buildup of protein that results in cloudy vision. Antioxidant vitamins C and E also play a role in delaying age-related macular degeneration, which currently has no cure.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant, and is widely used in prevention of various diseases. Its main function is to increase production of glutathione, which helps dissolve toxic substances in the liver.As an antioxidant, it helps neutralize free radicals in our bodies and protects our cells from damage. Alpha Lipoic Acid helps maintain normal fluid pressure of the eyes, protects the lens and retina from degeneration and helps alleviate glaucoma. Diabetics have a much higher risk of developing a host of serious disorders affecting vision. Alpha Lipoic Acid has been used in Europe for over 30 years for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy and cataracts.
Zinc Citrate, Selenomethionine, Copper Gluconate
Recent studies from The National Eye Institute show some modest benefits from taking just the zinc or just antioxidants. But it is really the combination of the two that makes the difference. A zinc-antioxidant combination meets the statistical tests for reducing the odds of developing advanced macular degeneration. Zinc deficiency is often a cause of night blindness, which is concentrated in the retina. The essential minerals zinc and copper are crucial for general eye function and to produce the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). Copper gluconate also helps to reduce puffiness by promoting better microcirculation. Selenium is essential for the function of the antioxidant enzyme, glutathione peroxidase, which protects against damage to cells. Hydrogen Peroxide is neutralized by selenium, which is dependent on the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase.
Glutathione Reduced is a natural antioxidant present in all cells and in high concentration in healthy eye tissues. Glutathione levels and the synthesis of this antioxidant is reduced in the eyes of older individuals when cataracts are present, resulting in excessive free radical damage. Reduced Glutathione has been shown to counteract the progression of cataracts in some forms of lens opacities. Nutritional intervention to enhance the glutathione antioxidant capacity may provide an effective way to prevent or treat age-related macular degeneration.
Clearly, overall health, lifestyle and light exposure plays a crucial role in the development of lens opacities.With antioxidant protection, cataracts and macular degeneration can be prevented, delayed, slowed and possibly even reversed if caught in the early stages by aggressively addressing the underlying causes of the disease. The typical North American diet high in fat and sugar leaves deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Thus, supplementing, exercise, stress management, bloodsugar control and toxin avoidance contributes to help maintain one's vision.