Omega-3 fatty acids support healthy vision and lower inflammation seen in a number of eye conditions, while antioxidants provide protection to our eyes. The key actives providing these health benefits are DHA found in fish and krill oil, ALA found in flax oil, astaxanthin found in krill oil and vitamin A found in cod liver oil.
DHA: This omega-3 fatty acid promotes healthy retinal function. Studies show that DHA slows the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a condition that arises from the wear and tear of the retina, usually affecting individuals over the age of 50. DHA also lowers inflammation surrounding the eye and provides relief to the dryness experienced in a number of eye conditions.
ALA: When we take ALA supplements it gets converted into DHA in our body, providing us all the eye health benefits offered by DHA.
Astaxanthin: Antioxidants neutralize harmful free radicals that are constantly produced in different parts of our body. As these free radicals are capable of damaging our cells, it is important for us to consume antioxidants. However, not all antioxidants have access to our eyes. Astaxanthin has the unique ability of being able to cross the blood-retinal barrier to provide this protection to our eyes.
Vitamin A: Supplementing with this vitamin can lower the risk of night blindness, a condition making it difficult to see clearly in dim light. This condition can occur due to a number of reasons but the most common reason is due to the deficiency of vitamin A.