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The Gift Of Sight
As the saying goes, our eyes are our window to the world or even to our soul. Most of us consider sight our most cherished sense. It allows us to interact and engage with the world all around us in a vibrant and animated way. Understandably, more than 80% of people say that vision, of the five senses, would be the one they would most fear losing.
Our Vulnerable Eyes
Even with these deep concerns about vision loss and lifelong eye problems, most of us don’t think much about what it takes to really feed and nourish our precious and vulnerable eyes. Our eyes take a significant amount of abuse day in and day out without us even realizing it. We are continuously deciphering the world around us through the stimuli coming into our eyes that then gets interpreted via nerve signals to our brains. Our eyes are directly interfacing with the outside environment at all times (except when we rest and sleep). This means that air pollutants, environmental assaults, blue light from computer screens, UV light, smoke, and dust all invade the delicate layers of the eye and cause damage and strain. It’s no wonder our eyes get worn out and unhealthy.
Combine these factors with the many others we all face — nutrient deficiencies, the natural aging process, blood sugar issues, medication side effects, stress, genetics — and it’s no wonder that so many of us face progressive eye issues as the years tick by. In order to stay healthy, our eyes are constantly fighting these onslaughts and the resultant damage. The plain and simple truth is that without the precise support, our eyes don’t always win these battles. They need some very real “reinforcements” if they are going to have a real chance at winning the fight.
Eye Health At Risk
On top of the millions of people facing all kinds of general eye health challenges, a recent estimate from the National Eye Institute (NEI) put the number of Americans over the age of 40 suffering blindness or very low vision at 3.3 million, with an expected increase to 5.5 million by 2020. Among the related causes include macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathies. The aging process plus various other lifestyle factors, such as poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, smoking, and sun damage, put us all at increased risk for such life-changing eye disorders. When we start to lose our eyesight, our world inevitably changes and things we once loved to do may pose a new and very difficult challenge. It can be tragic and heart breaking.
Along with these more devastating conditions, so many of us are dealing with what might be called “modern eye syndrome.” That is, all the time spent in front of computer screens, TVs, and other electronic devices of one sort or another has led to chronic eye fatigue, blurriness, strain, or dryness. Our eyes need a well-deserved break and lots of nutritional support at this rate.
Behind The Eyes: What’s Happening?
Our eyes are made up of a vast number of intricate and truly miraculous parts all working in healthy unison to help us see. Our retina, the surface at the back of the eye where photons (light particles) are focused, is particularly sensitive and susceptible to damage. It’s continuously bombarded by light and oxygen, two of the biggest free radical producers. When what’s known as oxidative stress gets out of control, cells start to succumb and blood vessels can become inflamed and leaky. The same kind of imbalances can affect other parts of our eyes as well. This, along with nutrient deficiencies, is what is at the root of most eye problems.
Feed Your Eyes
Fortunately our eyes, with their 2 million working parts, have a built-in system for healing and protection. This system bathes our eyes in nutrient-dense fluids via a network of blood vessels carrying good stuff in (and bad stuff out).
But what exactly do our eyes require for this optimum nutrient flow? This is precisely what Synergy spent 3 years researching and developing, identifying and creating all of the special phytonutrients that are indispensable to optimal eye health. All of the many studies point to a genuine and potentially beneficial effect stemming from the right kinds of nutrients in the right amounts. It is a promising field of study and reassuring to know we can have a real impact on something as precious as our sight and eye health through the choices we make.
Powerful Plant Protectors
A unique set of plant-based nutrients hold incredible potential for deeply nurturing and restoring our eyes. Nature has given us some truly powerful eye restorers. Nutrients like carotenoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, antioxidant enzymes and more. And although some of these can be obtained in our daily diet, many studies show that the more potent and concentrated extracts of these special plants and botanicals in supplement form are where the true promise resides.
By now, we’ve probably all heard about lutein and maybe bilberry for eye health. As wonderful as these are, what you may not realize is that there are a dozen others that are far less known, but that are equally and, in some cases, even more beneficial. Purple berries, goji berries, sea buckthorn, marigold flower, pine bark, grape seeds, kale, tomato, watercress, melons, saffron, gardenia fruit – each of these, both the common ones and the more obscure, carry within them special gifts for our eyes.
Set Your “Sights” On A Better Future
The bottom line is that nutrition plays an absolutely indispensable role in keeping our eyes sparkling with health and clarity. While we can’t avoid the ravages of time and our environment, we can do something very real by nourishing our baby blues (or greens or browns!) from the inside out with a comprehensive, high caliber supplement that brings together the best of nature. Dwindling eyesight and chronic eye issues aren’t inevitable. Your future can be bright (and so can your eyes!)