2017 New Hope Network’s NEXTY Award for Best Condition-Specific Supplement
2018 Taste For Life Essential Supplements Award, Eye Health
While we are young, our eyes generally serve us very well. As we grow older, our eyes can metaphorically stab us in the back (I specify metaphorically because this is physically quite impossible, mostly because the shape of the human eye prohibits effective stabbing motions, though location proves problematic as well) as they can become subject to a host of normal, age-related conditions which may cause deterioration in our vision. Additionally, some of the most significant threats to vision are consistent exposure to UV and blue-light from screens. Other factors that may affect eye health:
- poor nutrition
- eyedrops that could decrease blood flow to the capillaries in the eyes
- certain chemicals (such as chlorine in a pool)
- poor lighting while reading
While UV light from the sun reaches only the front parts of the eye, blue light reaches the more complex and delicate parts of the eye. Blue light comes from many sources in modern society. It is emitted from energy-efficient light bulbs and various electronic devices most of us use daily, such as TVs, computers, tablets, and cell phones. As our lives revolve more and more around technology (she says as she types on a computer screen) it is increasingly crucial that we take active steps to protect our eyes from the potential effects of blue light.
Rehmannia Raw Root
Part of TCM, this herb was traditionally used to nourish Yin. Containing over twenty kinds of amino acids, Rehmannia root also consists of alkaloids, phosphoric acid, Vitamin A, and polysaccharides, along with numerous other components.
Wild Yam Root
A herbaceous twining vine, wild yam contains steroidal saponins, which studies have shown may help protect the body from free radicals. This can be beneficial for the eyes as blue light damage can increase free radicals. In TCM it was used to promote positive bile flow and to support the digestive system.
Asiatic Dogwood Fruit
Used in TCM for thousands of years, modern science has confirmed that this herb contains many beneficial compounds. Popular traditionally as a base for jams and fermented alcoholic beverages, this fruit is gaining popularity as a supplement because of its tonic, hepatoprotective properties. Like most fruit, it is rich in antioxidants, which have beneficial effects on eye health, as lower antioxidant levels in the eyes may be linked to age-related vision decline.
Poria Fungal Body
Poria, which contains multiple vitamins and other nutrients essential to healthy cardiac function and blood circulation, is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to rid the body of excess "dampness." In the process, it helps balance electrolytes and revitalizes the spleen, which is responsible for storing half of the body's white blood cells (monocytes). This supports the immune system and helps it function properly.
Tree Peony Root Bark
Found in the earliest TCM texts, tree peony bark was said to tonify Qi and promote longevity. A symbol of prosperity in Asia, peony has spiritual traditions in Greek, Buddhist, and American Hoodoo culture. Named after the Greek physician god Paeon, peony has now been shown to contain many beneficial compounds that can support the body in dealing with a variety of issues.
In TCM, Alisma root is often used to promote urination and remove dampness. Originally found in the Fujian, Sichuan, and Jiangxi provinces, the traditional uses of this tuber first appear in the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica, written around 4,500 years ago. Some modern scientific evidence exists that Alisma root may have properties that help support the urinary tract.
Cinnamon has been used since the beginning of civilization, mentioned in Egyptian texts, the Bible, and other ancient works. One of the 50 fundamental herbs in TCM, cassia cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, which has been extensively studied and found to have antioxidant properties and the potential ability to support the immune system and the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation.
(from omniactives.com:) Award-winning, globally-recognized Lutemax 2020 is a naturally-derived marigold extract providing all three macular carotenoids - lutein and enhanced levels of both zeaxanthin isomers (RR-and RS [meso]-zeaxanthin) - at the same 5:1 ratio as found in nature to optimally support eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are not produced by the body and their specialized locations and functions emphasize the need to consume all three macular carotenoids through diet or supplementation.
Zeaxanthin Isomers (RR-zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin from Lutemax 2020)
There are hundreds of carotenoids, but only two located in the human eye - lutein and zeaxanthin. These are not produced by the human body and need to be ingested, but the Western diet is severely lacking in this area. Carotenoids help the body filter blue light and defend the eye from oxidative stress. Lutemax 2020 is a trademarked product containing these essential carotenoids and has won several quality awards in the industry.
Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native refers to bilberry as "black hearts" and these berries were common in Native American medicine, used to create a dark blue cloth that was extremely popular in Europe. A story from WWII claims that pilots experienced better dim-light vision after eating bilberry jam, but the scientific backing for this anecdote is still lacking. However, more evidence does exist that one compound found in bilberry, anthocyanosides, may help support retina health.
Also called Euphrasia, which is Greek for "gladness," eyebright has been used for eye health since the 14th century and was popular as an ale in Elizabethan times. Today, we know it has alkaloids, tannins, volatile oils, and phenolic acids. This indicates it may have the ability to help support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, and it may have astringent properties.
Will EssentialEyes™ make me jittery or nervous?
No. EssentialEyes™ does not have any stimulants and will not make you feel jittery or nervous. If you struggle with these symptoms on a regular basis we recommend our Adrenal Fatigue Fighter™ Formula or Anxiety Free™.
Will EssentialEyes™ keep me awake at night/prevent me from sleeping?
No. There are no stimulants in EssentialEyes™ and it shouldn't affect your sleep. If you struggle with falling or staying asleep we recommend our product DreamOn™ Zen.
Are there any side effects from taking EssentialEyes™? (Risks?)
No. EssentialEyes™ has no known side effects and is made of gentle herbs that are not known to create any negative issues. However, as each individual is different if a reaction does occur we ask you to contact our customer service department so we can track it.
How long will it take to notice a difference with EssentialEyes™?
Lutein studies show that supplementation should create positive change in as little as 60 days but it can take up to 90, so it is recommended to consistently take EssentialEyes™ for at least three months. Because of this, RidgeCrest Herbals only guarantees this product if you have completed two full bottles and are still not seeing desired results.
As with all of RidgeCrest Herbals' formulas, there are certain lifestyle habits that can help address eye health and support the effectiveness of our EssentialEyes™ blend.
- Support positive blood flow: Improving circulatory health nourishes the eyes and removes metabolic wastes through the finest network of capillaries in the human body.
- Nutrition is also a crucial factor for eye health: Antioxidants such as those found in berries, dark leafy greens, nuts, etc. (such as lutein and zeaxanthin) will go far in supporting eye health. Nom nom nom.
- Reducing electronic screen time and using night settings whenever possible.
- Incorporating focused eye exercises into your daily routine - yes yoga for eyes is a thing!
- Wearing blue-light blocking glasses while using your computer - our marketing director does it and she looks bomb! #suckingup
Over the next year, RidgeCrest Herbals will be focusing on a transparency initiative to make our processes and sourcing more accessible for the curious consumer. Stay tuned as we work to bring you product-specific transparency information.
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