Bilberry Lutein supplement for eye health and better vision, treatment of age related macular degeneration
The benefit of bilberry lutein nutritional supplements in reducing the onset or progression of age related macular degeneration is not being taken advantage of by the medical profession. Nutritional supplements are not without risks, but their benefits are underused. Bilberry extract has proanthocyanidins and anthocyanosides which have been found in research studies to improve vision. Lutein supplements also improve vision. It may be a good idea to take a combination of bilberry, lutein and other supplements for eye health a few times a week.
Bilberry Extract, 80 mg, 60
Bilberry Extract, also referred to as blueberry, is a potent extract yielding key bioflavonoids and antioxidants called anthocyanosides, anthocyanins, ellagitannins, and proanthocyanidins. A controlled extraction process guarantees at least 25% anthocyanosides.
Bilberry Fruit Standardized Extract - 80 mg
Yielding 20 mg anthocyanosides
Suggested Use: 1 bilberry capsule daily, or as recommended by your health care professional.
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Bilberry and Lutein benefit
The benefits rest mostly on their ability to provide substances that are beneficial for eye health. Bilberry and lutein may benefit those who have macular degeneration or are predisposed to a cataract.
Protective Effects of Bilberry Extract against Endotoxin-Induced Uveitis in Mice.
J Agric Food Chem. 2010. Yao N, Lan F, Kurihara H. Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Products, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.
Endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU), a useful animal model of ocular inflammation, is induced by injection of lipopolysacharide (LPS). These experiments showed that the nitric oxide (NO) level significantly increased in the whole eye homogenate of BALB/C mice 24 h after footpad injection of LPS at a dosage of 100 mg/mouse. However, the elevated NO level was significantly reduced by oral administration of bilberry extract (containing 42.04% anthocyanins) at dosages of 50, 100, and 200 mg/kg/day for 5 days before the LPS injection. In addition, bilberry extract decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) level and increased oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) level, glutathione (GSH) level, vitamin C level, and total superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities. Moreover, bilberry extract increased expression of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), and GPx mRNA. Taken together, bilberry extract showed protective effects against EIU, whereas the effects of bilberry extract (100 and 200 mg/kg/day, 5 days) were dose-dependent. In conclusion, these results provide new evidence to elucidate the beneficial effects of bilberry extract on eye health.
If I take a bilberry supplement, how much lutein can I take along with it?
Much depends on the bilberry dosage you are taking, your diet, and your overall health condition. If you take a bilberry supplement and with to add lutein, it is preferable to stop the bilberry for a couple of days, then start with the lutein supplement. Once you know the dosages of the bilberry and lutein that works for you, then, if you wish to combine them, take about half your usual amount of each.
One combination product that has bilberry, lutein, and several other herbs is Eyesight Rx. It works quite well to improve vision.