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.

The “No Pill” Solution

The “No Pill” Solution

What to do if you can’t swallow pills

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Swallowing pills is not always as easy as it sounds. Swallowing involves the use of more than 50 different muscles to move food from the mouth to the stomach.

There are a number of reasons why people can’t swallow pills.  For some people, it could be caused from a narrow esophagus, medical condition, swallowing disorder or pill swallowing anxiety.

This is often an unfortunate disadvantage because many people rely on taking medications or supplements daily to maintain certain areas of health. For some medications and supplements, there are easy to open capsules that you can pour into soft food like applesauce or yogurt, or into a beverage to help make it easy to swallow.

These days there are plenty of alternatives available for pills and capsules. At Vitamin Health, we saw the immediate need for an easy-to-swallow solution for both our Viteyes ® AREDS 2 based line and Neoflex® line. We provide two powder options to mix in water or your favorite drink:   AREDS 2 based supplement, and our shell-fish free Neoflex glucosamine chondrotion powder. Both have a great tasting orange flavor!

Any of our capsules can also be easily opened and emptied into soft foods or into a beverage. Ask your doctor for more guidance to help you take your pills or powder each day with confidence.We are happy to provide solutions and options for everyone.

 

The “No Pill” Solution

What to do if you can’t swallow pills

Swallowing pills is not always as easy as it sounds. Swallowing involves the use of more than 50 different muscles to move food from the mouth to the stomach.

There are a number of reasons why people can’t swallow pills. For some people, it could be caused from a narrow esophagus, medical condition, swallowing disorder or pill swallowing anxiety.

This is often an unfortunate disadvantage because many people rely on taking medications or supplements daily to maintain certain areas of health. For some medications and supplements, there are easy to open capsules that you can pour into soft food like applesauce or yogurt, or into a beverage to help make it easy to swallow.

These days there are plenty of alternatives available for pills and capsules. At Vitamin Health, we saw the immediate need for an easy-to-swallow solution for both our Viteyes ® AREDS 2 based line and Neoflex® line. We provide two powder options to mix in water or your favorite drink: AREDS 2 based supplement, and our shell-fish free Neoflex glucosamine chondrotion powder. Both have a great tasting orange flavor!

Any of our capsules can also be easily opened and emptied into soft foods or into a beverage. Ask your doctor for more guidance to help you take your pills or powder each day with confidence.We are happy to provide solutions and options for everyone.

4 Simple Changes to Impact your Vision

Are you doing these things?        

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Vision is considered the most profound of the five senses.We should be willing to whatever we can to protect it.

Some forms of vision loss are out of our control, but there are some ways we can impact our vision health.

Below are 4 areas that directly impact the health of your eyes:

1. UV light- If you’re not wearing your shades, you need to! UV exposure negatively impacts our vision and may even cause cataracts or blindness.

2. Smoking- Smoking is bad for your health in general, but it is also bad for your eye health. Smoking had been directly linked to eye disease and vision loss.

3. Poor Diet- Our diets hold the key to our health. If we eat a healthy diet, our bodies function better, including our eyes. When our nutrition lacks, even our eyes can take a negative toll.

4. Use of Digital Screens- Living in a digital age, it’s nearly impossible to avoid digital exposure. It is possible though,to reduce our use or take breaks to give our eyes a rest.

By changing your lifestyle for the better, you may also see the health benefits with your own eyes. Always make sure to visit your eye doctor annually to make sure you are properly maintaining your eye health.

Pumpkin Spiced Health?

The Benefits to Fall’s Favorite Spice

 

Pumpkin spice is this star of the show right now. From pumpkin spiced lattes, to pumpkin breads, and even mixed into savory foods like pumpkin spice soup and casseroles.  During the season of fall, there is pumpkin spiced flavored everything.

Maybe you are wondering if consuming a higher daily value of pumpkin spice offers up any benefit outside of our taste buds.

Let’s take a look. Pumpkin in its natural form, whether it’s smashed or purreed, is a rather healthy vegetable. It has been used in many recipes for many years, but it also provides a wide variety of nutrients, such as high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin A.

Pumpkin is an excellent source of nutrition for healthy eyes and skin. And how about those spices? Well, without the added sugar,  butter or eggs, your standard pumpkin spice seasoning contains a blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Cinnamon helps regulate healthy blood sugar levels, ginger aids in healthy digestion, clove has been said to support a healthy immune system, and allspice may help boost circulation and nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties.

If you are on team pumpkin spice, you may be supporting your overall health. Don’t forget: the most healthy pumpkin spiced treats should be made at home with minimal ingredients.

5 Healthier Alternatives to French Fries

Ditch the Golden Arch and Try These Instead 

  A great American staple, contrary to its name: The French fry. Golden little sticks of salty, crispy potato.  Most commonly enjoyed alongside a hamburger with a side of ketchup for dipping. One of the hardest foods to kick when you’re adjusting to a healthy lifestyle is giving up fried food, especially French fries.

French fries are typically loaded with saturated fats and empty calories, which can promote heart attacks and heart disease. Below are heart-healthy alternatives that actually pack a nutritional punch.

Baked fries– Instead of frying in oil, baking is a better alternative for our health. You can bake in the oven with healthier oil, like coconut oil or avocado oil.

Avocado fries– Not just for guacamole anymore, the beloved avocado can be drizzled with oil, lightly breaded and used to make a savory “French” style fry.

Butternut squash fries– These are now commonly found in the iconic crinkle style cut, similar to crinkle potato based fries.  A much healthier alternative with key nutrients like beta-carotene and fiber.

Green bean fries– Having a hard time getting your veggies in? Turn them into fries! Green bean fries keep their crunch and crisp, just like the French fries we know and love.

Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be hard, especially when you feel like your sacrificing old favorites. Give these delicious and healthy French fry alternatives a try, and you might be convinced to switch for life.

Lovely Lycopene

Red-Hot Nutrients for Our Health

Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelons and guava all have something wonderful in common. No, it’s not just that they are juicy and sweet, or have vibrant red tones; it’s that they’re loaded with lycopene.

What is lycopene? Lycopene is a naturally occurring phyto-chemical that gives fruit and veggies their delightful red color. The red variety of fruits and vegetables are high in natural pigments and antioxidants called carotenoids. These carotenoids are important for our health, especially the health of our eyes. Lycopene is also said to help promote heart health and is currently being studied for it potential positive effects on cancer.

Unlike most antioxidants, lycopene is most absorbable when processed. Foods like tomato sauces, tomato-based soups and ketchup, are surprisingly higher in lycopene than eating a ripe tomato off the vine. Just be cautious of additional ingredients, like an excess of sugar or sodium, or harsh preservatives. So fear not, spaghetti for dinner isn’t entirely the worst thing you can eat- It may even have a few health benefits.

Some supplements, including Viteyes® Multivitamin AREDS 2 Companion, contain bio-available sources of lycopene that may help maintain eye health. Ask your doctor is this supplement is right for you in additon to your AREDS 2.

 

The Effects of Make Up on Eye Health

Best Practices When Talking Beauty and Eye Health
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For many women, putting on make up can be a part of their daily routine. Ever wonder if what gets painted on the eyes is ugly for eye health? Eye makeup, such as mascara and eye shadow may cause more harm than good, but with these best practices, your eyes can look fabulous while staying healthy.

1. Toss out old make up! After three months, the make up begins to collect excessive bacteria, which can lead to eye infections.

2.  Never share eye make up, as it can also lead to the spreading of serious eye infections.

3.  Avoid putting makeup too close to the eye, as it may block oil glands.

4.  Avoid flakey mascara or glitter shadows. These can cause irritation and potentially tear the film of the eyes. If you tend to have dry eyes, avoid glitter or other makeup that flakes.

5.  Remove eye makeup before sleeping, especially mascara. Keeping eye make up can lead to clogged tear ducts, infections and irritation.

In addition to hygiene best practices, it’s also important to check out the ingredients in your beauty products. Many brands can also contain harmful chemicals that can cause long-term damage or allergic reactions. It is best to try to avoid products containing the following toxic ingredients:

Carbon black– This ingredient has been linked to cancer and organ system toxicity. It may show up on the label as carbon black, D & C Black No. 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black and thermal black.

Prime yellow carnauba wax– Found in most water-proof mascaras, prime yellow carnauba wax clogs the oil glands in the eyes and can lead to Dry Eye Disease.

Parabens– Parabens can also make dry eye worse since they, too, block oil glands.

Aluminum powder– This ingredient has been linked to organ system toxicity. Makeup labels may say it contains “aluminum, LB Pigment 5 or pigment metal.”

The best way to avoid any harmful reactions from common makeup brands, is to search for a natural brand with ingredients you know and can pronounce, such as those naturally derived from plants or non-toxic ingredients. Speak with your eye doctor about which eye healthy brand they recommend for you.

Is Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safe?

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What You Need to Know to Protect Your Vision

A rare event, the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017 will captivate millions of viewers in North America.  The stunner in the sky is worthy of eyeball time, but is it actually safe for our eyes?

Many may think that because the sun is mostly covered during a solar eclipse, that it does not warrant the use of eye protection, but ophthalmologists warn otherwise. Staring directly at the sun is dangerous, and can even cause blindness. Due to the intensity of the light, you can permanently destroy your retinas.

Still want to watch the solar eclipse?

Here’s what you should do for safe viewing, according to the American Astronomical Society:

Never look at the sun directly without protective eye gear. During a solar eclipse, even sunglasses are not strong enough. Use special solar filters glasses made for safer viewing of the eclipse. (And still only a quick glimpse is recommend!)

Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. By doing this, you can cause blindness and severe damage to your retinas.

Don’t miss out on this sight of a lifetime. Talk with your eye doctor about the best way to view the solar eclipse based on your unique eye health needs. By using these safe-viewing strategies, you will help protect against any harm to your eyes.