New Year, New You in 2018

The holidays are over, a new year has begun, and if you are like many of us, you are setting new goals to be healthier in 2018.  Getting more exercise, eating better, and taking a daily multivitamin are great ways to help achieve your wellness goals.

Ask any doctor, and they will tell you that ideally, we would get all our nutrients from the food that we consume. But unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, or SAD, is seriously lacking in many of the micronutrients essential to our health. FoodAccording to criteria set by The Institute of Medicine, more than 90% of Americans get less than the estimated average requirement for Vitamin D, E and A from food. And many seniors are unable to fully absorb the necessary amount of B12 from food. Deficiencies in many micronutrients can lead to damage to DNA causing or accelerating age-related conditions such as certain types of cancer, heart disease and vision loss.

Some of the most commonly deficient micronutrients and the consequences of those deficiencies are: Continue reading New Year, New You in 2018

What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

According to a survey conducted by the Vision Council, 70% of U.S. adults have experienced symptoms of Digital Dry Eye at some point in their lives with 60% having symptoms daily. Unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. What used to be a condition predominantly seen in adults working desk jobs is now also affecting a much younger demographic due to advancing technology. Every year more than 10 million patients visit eye doctors with complaints related to Digital Dry Eye.

So, what is Digital Dry Eye?

DryEye-500pxDigital Dry Eye (or DDE) is the temporary discomfort felt after two or more hours of electronic device use. Devices include computer screens, phones, tablets and tv’s. It is known by other names as well; Digital Eye Strain, Computer Vision Syndrome; but it all amounts to essentially the same thing. Too much screen time. Blinking helps the eye stay lubricated by spreading moisture over the entire surface area every 4-6 seconds. Staring at any kind of technology too long can lead to not blinking as frequently as needed, sometimes as little as every 13-15 seconds, producing uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Continue reading What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Can Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Improve Memory?

It’s estimated that someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. There are an estimated 50 million people worldwide living with dementia. This number is projected to double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. These figures are truly frightening.

shutterstock_292698929Although no cure has been found yet, scientists and doctors agree that early detection and treatment are critical to managing the disease. One area receiving a lot of interest is nutritional supplementation. While much research remains to be conducted, several recent studies are beginning to paint a picture for the role that omega-3 fish oil may play in cognitive health. Continue reading Can Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Improve Memory?

Are You Suffering From Dry Eye?

If your eyes ever sting, scratch or feel like there’s a piece of stand stuck in them, you may be suffering from dry eyes, one of the most frequent vision problems seen by Eye Doctors. In fact, it’s estimated that over 20 million U.S. adults experience symptoms of dry eye.

Dry eyes naturally occur with age but can also impact people who wear contact lenses, have allergies, undergo LASIK surgery, live in dry climates or spend long hours in front of the computer screen.

Treatments for dry eyes typically focus on increasing tear production, adding artificial tears or conserving tears.  Some people find relief by blinking more frequently, staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Are you experiencing signs of Macular Degeneration?

Are you experiencing signs of Macular Degeneration?

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can present itself differently in different people and may not be obvious in early stages. In some individuals, only one eye loses vision while the other eye continues to see well for many years making the condition hardly noticeable until both eyes are affected. Making detection even more difficult, our well-intentioned brains often learn to compensate and fill in missing parts of the picture.

What is AMD?

AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.

In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be.

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Have You Heard About All The Benefits of Omega-3?

17 Science Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Article Courtesy of: Authority Nutrition

Omega-3 acids are an important part of your daily nutrient intake and they have a range of beneficial effects on your brain, body and eyes.

Did you know that Omega-3 fatty acids are one the most thoroughly studied nutrients and as a result a number of key benefits have been discovered:

1. May improve eye health, including lessen dry eye symptoms

omega3-500pxDHA, a type of Omega-3, is a major structural component of the brain and retina of the eye. Vision problems may arise in people who do not have enough DHA. Getting enough omega-3 has been linked to a reduced risk of macular degeneration which is one of the world’s leading causes of permanent eye damage and blindness.

(Research courtesy of National Center for Biotechnology Information)

The Bottom Line: An Omega-3 fatty acid called DHA is a major structural component of the retina of the eye. It may help prevent macular degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness.

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Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affecting You?

Lutein + Zeaxanthin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Randomized Clinical Trial 

This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication authored by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Research Group. Doctor’s Advantage Products, LLC has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.

older-business-womanAge-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, accounts for more than 50% of all blindness in the United States. Although intraocular drugs that inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor are currently available for treatment of neovascular AMD, no effective therapies are proven for atrophic AMD. 

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) demonstrated that daily oral supplementation with antioxidant vitamins and minerals reduced the risk of developing advanced AMD by 25% at 5 years. Observational studies suggest that higher dietary intake of lutein + zeaxanthin, omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid, or both are associated with a decreased risk of developing advanced AMD.  Continue reading Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affecting You?

EyeRelief For Dry Eyes

How is EyeRelief different from other Omega-3 Products?

EyeRelief contains Omega-3 fatty acids, Flaxseed oil, Borage oil and Turmeric root. These 4 key ingredients have all shown to have anti-inflammatory properties making EyeRelief an excellent choice to relieve your dry eye symptoms.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are vital players in eye health. First, Omega-3’s help to inhibit the inflammation that results in dry eye. These fatty acids allow your body to contain inflammation thus averting the occurrence of dry eye. Omega-3 fatty acids also help the glands in your eyes make the healthy oil that coats your tear film and helps reduce evaporation. This healthy oil supports healthy tear function. 

Flax Seed Oil: Flax seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, particularly the beneficial type known as Omega-3. These fatty acids work throughout the body to protect cell membranes. A recent study has found that flaxseed oil may be as effective as a commonly used dry eye medication (doxycycline) for the treatment of dry eye. Continue reading EyeRelief For Dry Eyes

Are You Showing The Symptoms Of Cataracts?

Cataracts are an extremely common eye disease. Starting around age 40, the risk of developing cataracts increases with each passing decade. By the age of 75, 50 percent of Americans will develop a cataract.

Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing ‘halos’ around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

Continue reading Are You Showing The Symptoms Of Cataracts?

We’ve Updated Our Formula

Doctor’s Advantage Products, LLC, (“Doctor’s Advantage”) would like to update you regarding product modifications with two of our products, Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin.  As you know, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (“AREDS 2”) showed that a daily nutritional supplement containing a unique formulation of high-dose ingredients can possibly slow the progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (“ARMD”) and may even reduce the risk of developing advanced ARMD.
Our macular degeneration products, Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin both contain AREDS 2 ingredients.  The AREDS 2 study also analyzed the ingredient zinc between dosages of 25 mg and 80 mg.  Currently, our products contain 80 mg of zinc.  The AREDS 2 study revealed that 25 mg of zinc may be as beneficial as 80 mg of zinc.  Other studies suggest that certain side effects may occur with high dose zinc supplementation, which include the following: Continue reading We’ve Updated Our Formula