Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Today, I want to focus on eye health and what you can be doing to make sure that you’re getting adequate exposure to the nutrients to really help support your eyes the best that you possibly can in this new digital world that everyone lives in. We know that our exposure to things like blue light has gone up exponentially over the past two decades and we have to recognize the potential harmful impact of that blue light, how it can potentially be aging our eyes a bit faster. I want to talk about different things that we can make sure that we’re doing to try to offset or mitigate that.
We have all heard that having foods that are high in carotenoids is very beneficial. Things like carrots are packed with wonderful amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that our eye requires. But it goes well beyond just trying to load your diet up with carrots. We have to make sure that we are getting that comprehensive approach to really complete eye nutrients. When we think about the spectrum, it’s not just carotenoids.
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There are also minerals that are required. We can look at zinc. Many times people are not aware of the role that zinc plays when it comes to maintaining the health of our eyes and for our vision throughout our lives. We know zinc deficiency is something that is increasing and common with magnesium deficiencies in this country. For many people, you’re not getting a really comprehensive exposure to both magnesium, as well as to zinc.
What is blue light and why is it harmful?
Most people are continuously looking at their phones throughout the day. Maybe you sit in front of a computer all day. Maybe you’re working from home, so you’re on your computer more than you maybe would be. Perhaps you’re doing your schooling all online now, so there’s a lot of different reasons as to why our exposure to blue light is just much greater than it used to be.
Blue rays that we are exposed to can penetrate into the retina. When this happens, this can really induce what is known as this phytochemical stress that can damage the retinal cells. Indirectly, this can lead to apoptosis, or a self-destructive ability of those retinal cells. Once that happens, that’s a big issue.
Vitamin C is really so important when it comes to the health of your retinal cells, to be able to fend off that oxidative stress. Making sure we are getting adequate amounts of Vitamin C in our dietary intake, as well as supplementation, is really essential.
We know that blue light is harmful. We can look at UV radiation. We know that from the sun, we are getting about 25% blue light. To contrast that, when we look at our computer screens or any of the things that are powered through LED, this can go upwards to 35% in terms of that retina-threatening blue light that is being emitted from those screens. This is why we have to take this seriously and recognize that if our diet is not high enough in the powerful carotenoids and Vitamin C, that we’re going to have to figure out a way to incorporate them in.
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Supplementing with a Multivitamin
We have to make sure that we have this comprehensive exposure to all of the appropriate nutrients. This is why we look at just the basics of supplementing with a multivitamin, especially if we can find a multivitamin that includes enhanced eye support.
If you look at our Core Multivitamin, the Men’s Multivitamin, the Women’s Multivitamin, and the Performance Multivitamins, they have a comprehensive eye health nutrient added right in. It’s not just a complete and wonderful multivitamin, multimineral formulation, it also is enhanced with a complete eye health nutrient. This is a wonderful way just to cover the bases.
To learn more about how InVite® Health multivitamins and other nutrients can help support your eye health, be sure to tune into the full podcast episode.