60% of Brits unaware of link with diet and eye health

in General 01 January 1999

Having good eyesight and vision is so important to all of us, yet 60 per cent of people living in the UK are unaware of the link between diet and eye health.* Research has shown that to promote optimum eye health and minimise the risk of age-related macular degeneration – the UK’s leading cause of blindness - it’s important to eat a low-fat and varied diet.

Key nutrients to promote eye health include Lutein, a carotenoid vitamin found in foods including broccoli, spinach, grapes and orange juice; Zeaxanthin, found in green leafy plants and colourful fruits and vegetables, and Bilberry, a berry native to Britain that is high in anthocyanoside, thought to help protect the retina. Lycopene, found in food such as tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit, is also a powerful antioxidant thought to promote good eye health.

Simon Bandy, nutritionist for natural supplements company Health Plus says: “Whilst eating a healthy diet is important, busy lifestyles can sometimes mean we buy food for convenience, rather than health reasons. Therefore, taking a supplement to promote healthy eyes and vision can be extremely beneficial.”

Health Plus Optim-Eyes is an innovative supplement containing key minerals and vitamins needed for good eye health, including lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene and bilberry.

Retailing at £11.95 for a 30 day supply, Optim-Eyes contains

· Tomato extract (provides 3mg lycopene)

· Marigold extract (equivalent to 3mg lutein and 2mg zeaxanthin)

· Bilberry extract (provides 12.5mg anthocyanosides)

· Beta Carotene - 5 mg of this powerful antioxidant

· A host of other important vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.

Remember that it’s also important to have regular sight tests (every two years, unless your optician advises otherwise), which can detect many eye and general health problems, as well as indicating early signs of eye conditions.

*According to Eyecare Trust Healthy Eyes Report

Stockists: www.healthplus.co.uk, www.amazon.co.uk and at all good independent health shops nationwide.

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