10 Essential Vitamins for Promoting Eye Health

Add in more of these for healthier vision for life

Our eyes have a big job, which is why taking care of them is extremely important. Without proper care, we risk the overall health of our eyes.

To make sure your eyes are on the road to good health, make sure you aim to increase you daily value of the following vitamins:

1. Beta-Carotene- Is a red/orange pigment that provides necessary support for eye health. You can find beta-carotene naturally in carrots, beets, red and yellow bell peppers.

2 & 3. Lutein & Zeaxanthin- Lutein and zeaxanthin, both carotenoids, are found to be highly concentrated in the macula. These carotenoids are found in foods such as egg yolks and dark, leafy green vegetables (e.g. spinach and broccoli). Lutein and zeaxanthin cannot be made by the body; therefore, they must be obtained from food or dietary supplements.

4. Lycopene– Another important carotenoid for good vision, lycopene is the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color. Tomatoes are full of lycopene and are great for supporting healthy eyes.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids- Fatty acids, a component of fat molecules, are important in keeping our eyes healthy. Omega-3’a are used by oil glands in the eye lid to make a healthy tear-film oil layer.

6. Grapeseed- Is a potent flavonoid and antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage and aids in proper circulation of blood flow to the eye.

7. Vitamin B6- Vitamin B6 aids in the proper absorption of magnesium. Magnesium helps the body produce the hormone prostaglandin E-7, which is necessary for tear production.

8. Vitamin C- A powerful antioxidant that helps to shield from free radicals in the normal aging process.

9. Vitamin E- Vitamin E plays an important role in protecting certain parts of the eye, which are particularly susceptible to oxidation.

10. Zinc- Zinc is an essential trace mineral.Zinc helps bring vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.

If you are not confident that your daily diet is providing enough nutrition for your eyes, a supplement may be necessary.

Viteyes® is proud to provide quality supplements to support eye health. Before adding any supplement to your regimen, speak to your doctor to see which is right for you.


NEW! Viteyes® AREDS 2 Supplement Provides Support for Vegan & Food Allergy Patients

NEW!  Viteyes® AREDS 2 Supplement Provides Support for Vegan & Food Allergy Patients


Viteyes® is introducing an allergen-friendly, 100% vegan AREDS 2 formula. Viteyes® AREDS 2 Advanced is now free-from the top 8 common allergens:  Soy, Egg, Dairy, Peanuts, Wheat, Shellfish, Fish, and Tree Nuts.

This formulation utilizes natural Vitamin E for higher absorption and also boasts enhanced nutritional support from bilberry, alpha-lipoic acid, and grapeseed extract in just twoveggie capsules per day. The following ingredients provide these additional benefits in addition to a classic AREDS 2 supplement:

· GRAPESEED EXTRACT- Aids in proper circulation of blood flow to the eye.

· BILBERRY- Flavonoids from bilberries have antioxidant properties to help protect cells by fighting free radicals.

· ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID-  A powerful antioxidant that also regenerates glutathione, giving cells a double dose of antioxidant protection. This ingredient can be vital for promoting healthy eyes.

· SELENIUM – Helps protect against free-radicals from normal exposure to UV light.

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research And Education), food allergies are on the rise. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.” Along with food allergies becoming more prevalent, people across the world are also adopting specialty diets to support their “Free-From” lifestyles, such as the gluten-free and vegan diets.

These recent trends are one of the many propelling forces that continue to drive the innovation at Viteyes®. Foresight and innovation keep Viteyes® updated with clinically studied ingredients and unique formulations to support the diverse needs of your patients. Viteyes® is the only leading AREDS 2 based brand with an AREDS 2 Advanced supplement that 100% Allergen-Free and Vegan.

Vitamin Health, Inc. is the parent company and maker of Viteyes®, Vital Nutrients for Healthy Eyes™. Viteyes® is a leading brand of AREDS 2 based and other premium eye health supplements.

Super Herb Spotlight: Ginko Biloba

The Ancient Herb That Does it All


Ginkgo Biloba – Have you heard of it? If you think you haven’t heard it, you may very have already consumed it without even knowing it.

What is Ginko Bilobad? Ginko Biloba is an ancient plant extract that comes from the Ginko tree and is included in many of today’s most popular nutritional supplements, including Viteyes® Complete.  

Why it is considered so powerful is due to its natural terpenoids and flavonoids, which protect our eyes from harmful free radicals. Ginko Biloba has been shown to maintain eye health and help fight against major eye disease, as it is said to help maintain healthy blood circulation and promote healthy vein tissue.

This plant extract is also popular for boosting brain performance, memory and energy. Though Ginkio Biloba is used by all ages, it appears to be the most heavily by adults ages 55 and up for the above stated health benefits.

Where can you find Ginko Biloba? Ginko Biloba is most commonly found in nutritional and herbal supplements. If you’d like to see if Ginko Biloba is right for you, check with your doctor.

The Science of Fiber and Our Health


Why Eating More Fiber is More Important than Ever
Fiber has always held importance when it comes to nutrition.  Recently, new studies are showing fiber to play an even larger role in our health that we knew before, with a major focus on our digestion.

It is said that the majority of our immune system is harbored in our digestive tract, meaning that that health of our gut determines the outcomes of overall health. Fiber has always been a good way to speed up our digestion to get things moving, but now this new shift in research and focus shows fiber to significantly impact our gut flora, or healthy bacteria.

The more fiber we consume, the more it feeds the healthy bacteria, causing a healthy and balanced digestive system. Healthy fiber intake also helps fight inflammation and bad bacteria entering the body, by serving a digestive enzymes and antioxidants.

The recommended daily amount of fiber is said to be around 20-35 grams per day.  How can you increase your daily value? Just one pear has 5 grams! Other fiber rich foods include apples, oats, kale, broccoli, brussels, strawberries, avocado and beans.

Refrence: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/science/food-fiber-microbiome-inflammation.html

“Beet” Unhealthy Eyes

Eat More Beets For Better Eye Health?



Beets are enjoyed in many parts of the world, like the Mediterranean for example, and have made their way onto the list of one of the healthiest foods to eat. Greek salad, anyone?

Beets are a root vegetable that boasts rich nutrients such as iron,B vitamins, manganese, potassium, and copper.  This super food may also have a few super benefits for your eye health. The rich dark red color of beets contains powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids and beta-carotene. Beets are also known to help stabilize blood pressure, which can help prevent major eye problems, such as glaucoma.

This root is also exceptionally high in vitamins A & C, which is said to help protect the eyes against developing or progressing AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration). Consuming beets may increase and improve our ability to take in more oxygen, which increases stamina and energy.

To reap these healthy benefits, try adding beets into your daily diet. Beets make a great addition to a salad, soup or roasted vegetable platter. You may also find beet juice at stores already prepared.

7 Things That May Harm Your Eyes


Why your eyes may be negatively affected


A number of things can interact with our health on a daily basis, but what about the health of our eyes? Are there certain things that can interact with our eyes?

We know that too much UV light, screen time, smoking and unhealthy habits can affect our vision, but what about otherwise normal regimens, like your daily prescription or the use of some over the counter medicines? Turns out, there are. Some drugs or medicines can have a negative affect on our eye health as well.

The below 7 drugs and OTCs have been shown to show some negative effects to eye health.

1. Antibiotics- Some antibiotics can increase light sensitivity, contribute to dry eye syndrome and risk of glaucoma.  The antibiotic linezolid can contribute to optic nerve damage.

2. Antidepressants- Some antidepressants may alter both neurological function and affect vision and cause changes in the cornea, optic nerve, lens, macula and retina.

3. Antihistamines-  It is said that some antihistamines can be strong enough to make your eyes potentially more susceptible to cataracts and macular degeneration.

4. Asprin- Aspirin, may exaggerate bleeding of the eye, and usually surgeons recommend discontinuing aspirin for at least a week before eye surgery.

5. Birth control pills- Oral contraceptives can lead to many eye problems by increasing pressure of the fluid around the brain causing headache, vision changes, and swollen optic nerve.

6. Blood pressure medications- Prolonged use of some types of blood pressure medications can cause irreversible damage to the retina.

7. Anti-Diuretics- Anti-diuretics are overprescribed and overused and can also unbalance the chemistry of the eyes as well as the fluid balance of the eyes.

If you have any concerns about your prescriptions or over the counter medicines affecting the health of your eyes, talk with your eye doctor and general practitioner. There may be a better alternative to help keep both you and your eyes health.

Reference: http://www.naturaleyecare.com/FAQ/questions-about-drugs-that-harm-eyes.asp

10 Unhealthy Habits to Kick for the New Year

The 2018 healthy body and healthy mind makeover

With the New Year here, the focus is all on health.  Whether you’re starting over or beginning new rituals for the first time, it’s important to think beyond the gym.

Here are 10 unhealthy habits to kick for the New Year:

1. Sugar- It’s easy to over do it on sugar, because it’s somehow sneakily added to so many things. Stay mindful of your sugar intake and try making small swaps, like carbonated water versus soda, fruit instead of sweets.

2. Excessive alcohol- Try not to have more than 1-2 beverages a day or ask your doctor how to safely quit alcohol all together.

3. Lack of exercise- Not exercising or getting enough physical activity is unhealthy. Start small and with the help of you doctor for a healthier year ahead.

4. Fast foods- Fast food does more harm than good, make it your new goal to quit fast food all together or at the least cut your intake in half.

5. Unhealthy snacking- Keep the empty calories like chips, candy and cookies to minimum and focus instead on adding in more healthy foods, like fruits and veggies.

6. Caffeine overload- Too much caffeine is hard on the body, especially our adrenal glands. Try cutting your consumption in half, or switching to decaf or green tea instead.

7. Smoking- This is obvious, but if you’re still a smoker, there’s no better time to quit than now. Seek help with your doctor as soon as possible to take charge of your health.

8. Negative self talk- A positive mind is a healthy mind. Start your day with repeating a positive mantra with a smile. A good attitude is also contagious, even if you have to “fake it until you make it.”

9. Chemicals and additives- Ditch the sugar-free snacks and pay attention to the labels to look for artificial sugars, colors and flavors.

10. Lack of sleep- Sleep is vital for healthy brain and body function. Aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

Before making any extreme dietary or lifestyle changes, make sure to always check with your doctor to see if any changes are right for you. The health of your mind and body are so important.

Mindful Eating for the New Year

Healthier swaps for old-time favorites

The holidays are notorious for over indulging for everyone. It is so easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon and stay off, especially this time of year.

With the heart of the holiday season here, we have provided some healthier swaps for keeping holiday cooking and treats much healthier.

Good health is all about balance. It is perfectly fine to indulge every now and then, but if you can make an old favorite taste as good as the real deal with a healthier swap, why not have the ultimate win-win? Try these swaps for a delicious and healthier recipe.

Healthier Swaps:

1. Oil >> Apples sauce = use a 1 to 1 replacement

2. Sugar >> Stevia = 1 to ¾ replacement

3. Butter >> Coconut oil = 1 to ¾ replacement

4. Dairy milk >> Unsweetened almond milk = 1 to 1 replacement

5. Milk chocolate >> 70% Dark chocolate = 1 to 1 replacement

6. Heavy cream >> Full fat coconut cream = 1 to 1 replacement

These swaps will save you from the added sugar, fat and calories that the holidays bring. Try them out and see for yourself! Before making any extreme dietary changes, make sure to always check with your doctor to see if any changes are right for you.

Lutein & Dietary Fat

Why the Fat in Your Diet Matters

Lutein (pronounced LOO-teen) is a major carotenoid that is essential and well known for promoting healthy eyes. Naturally, lutein is found in leafy green vegetables, like spinach and kale. Lutein can also be found in corn and eggs. The majority of us do not consume enough lutein in our daily diets, which is why supplementation of lutein is so common, especially for eye health.

Did you know that to boost absorption of these nutrients you need to consume with dietary fats? The recommended dosage of lutein is 6 mg to 30 mg daily. What kind of fats do you need? Try to avoid saturated fats found in cheese, meats and chips. These cause more harm than good. You should start by increasing your daily intake of healthy fats from foods like avocado, salmon, nuts and seeds. Not only will these nutrients help boost overall eye health and lutein absorption, they may also stave off symptoms of dry eyes.

At Viteyes, we offer several general eye health supplements, including our Omega-3 supplement and Essentials (Lutein & Zeaxanthin). Ask your eye doctor to see if this supplement combination would be right for you.

Cool as a Cucumber

8 Benefits of The Newest Trendy Superfood

Cucumber in smoothies? Consider it one of the hottest trends in health right now. Not just for topping salads or crudité dipping, cucumbers are now making their way into the smoothies, elixirs and more.

The main reason cucumber is so cool right now are the following 10 health benefits.

1. Gut Health– The natural calming properties of the cucumber offer major digestive support to aid in gut health.
2. Hair, Skin and Nails– Boosts hydration for healthy hair, skin and nails.
3. Blood Pressure– Cucumber has been said to promote healthy regulation of blood pressure.
4. Head Ache Relief– With 90% water making up its contents, the additional hydration from cucumbers may help kick a head ache.
5. Heart Burn Blaster– Cucumbers may calm and soothe symptoms of heartburn.
6. Hydration helper- Cucumber may help boost water levels in the body, keeping us well hydrated.
7. Kidney and Bladder Support– This gentle vegetable is said to help promote bladder health.
8. May Fight Cancer– Cucumber is packed full of healthy antioxidants, so it may even help fight against cancer cells.

If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of cucumber, try adding them into your smoothies, a refreshing cucumber-mint water, eat them plain as a snack or even get creative by incorporated them in your cooking.