Your sight is precious – but as you get older, it can start to deteriorate. The Royal National Institute for the Blind estimates that one in five over-75s in the UK have some degree of sight loss.
Seemingly minor eye problems could mean changes are already taking place that could lead to sight loss later, so you should never ignore them. And the importance of getting regular eye tests to spot any potential problems can’t be emphasized enough, especially as some eye conditions don’t always cause symptoms in the early stages.
JNHS is pleased to announce that there is now a safe, natural solution for several worrying eye conditions: Life Extension Eye Pressure Support. The formula is designed to support eye health and could help to prevent or reverse ocular hypertension (increased fluid pressure in the front of the eye, which left untreated can cause glaucoma and permanent vision loss) and dry eye syndrome (a deficiency in the production of tear fluid, which lubricates the outside of the eye… if it becomes a chronic problem, dry eye syndrome can cause inflammation and scarring to the front of the eye, leading to vision loss).
Life Extension Eye Pressure Support contains Mirtogenol, a patented mixture of a special bilberry extract (called Mirtoselect) and the French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol. The antioxidant compounds in these two natural plant extracts may help protect against several eye problems, including preventing ocular hypertension from developing into glaucoma.1
Studies show Mirtoselect bilberry extract is better absorbed and more effective than others on the market
The European bilberry is packed with valuable, natural compounds, but most attention has focused on a group called anthocyanins. Animal studies have shown that bilberry anthocyanins protect the retina of the eye from damage by bright light and help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataract formation.2,3 In addition, human clinical trials have concluded that bilberry anthocyanins help prevent eye fatigue in workers who have to look at computer screens all day.4
Most bilberry extracts used in supplements are standardised to contain 36 per cent anthocyanins. However, important though they are, there is a lot more to the bilberry than its anthocyanin content. Mirtoselect is a bilberry extract that uses a special process to ensure not only the standard 36 per cent anthocyanins but also the full range of other compounds present in the bilberry fruit. Research shows those other compounds can make a big difference when it comes to protecting your eyes from damage.
Scientists at Chieti-Pescara University, in Italy, carried out a clinical trial with 140 people suffering from various kinds of retinopathy. This condition involves damage to the retina, at the back of the eye, which can lead to vision loss. Compared with a generic, commercially available bilberry extract, Mirtoselect led to significantly greater improvements in all of the clinical signs and symptoms of retinopathy measured in this study.5
In another recent study, scientists dosed rats with Mirtoselect or ordinary bilberry extract. Those given Mirtoselect had a 55 per cent higher level of active compounds in their blood than those given the ordinary bilberry extract. The researchers then conducted a double-blind clinical trial with 21 dry eye syndrome patients, 11 of whom took Mirtoselect and 10 a placebo. After four weeks, tear secretion and dry eye symptoms improved significantly in the Mirtoselect group, while there was no change in the placebo group.6 This is a promising finding as dry eye syndrome is a common problem, especially after the age of 50.
The antioxidant power of Pycnogenol lowers pressure within the eyes as effectively as standard medication
French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol also has powerfully protective and damage-reversing effects in the eyes. Two independent studies involving patients with diabetic retinopathy show Pycnogenol helps prevent the deterioration of retinal function, can dramatically improve visual acuity and boosts blood flow in patients’ eyes.7,8
Given the incredible ability of both Mirtoselect bilberry extract and Pycnogenol pine bark extract to improve eye health, it is no surprise that when combined together as Mirtogenol, in Life Extension Eye Pressure Support, the result is nothing short of remarkable. As its name suggests, this supplement could, at the very least, help to prevent glaucoma in people with ocular hypertension.
In fact, two clinical trials have shown just how effective Mirtogenol is in lowering ocular hypertension. In the first of these, 38 patients with ocular hypertension but symptom-free were either given Mirtogenol or were not treated. Researchers measured their visual acuity, fluid pressure and blood flow within the eye at baseline and again at two, three and six months.
Nineteen of the 20 patients taking Mirtogenol had significant reductions in their ocular hypertension within the first three months, so lowering their risk of developing glaucoma. There was no improvement in the untreated control group. Blood flow within the eye was also significantly better in the Mirtogenol group after three months, compared with baseline values and the control group.9
In the second clinical trial, a larger group of patients was given Mirtogenol or latanoprost eye drops (a standard anti-glaucoma medication), or both treatments combined. Results showed Mirtogenol lowered ocular hypertension almost as effectively as latanoprost, although it took longer to do so. The combination of Mirtogenol and latanoprost was more effective than either treatment alone, and both treatments improved blood flow within the eye.10 But Mirtogenol comes without the distressing drug side effects of latanoprost eye drops, which include stinging or burning of the eyes, changes in eye colour and blurred vision.
What to take for best results
The recommended dose of Life Extension Eye Pressure Support is one capsule a day, in the morning, with food. If needed, you may take one additional capsule in the evening, with food.
You should consult your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or being treated for any medical condition.
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