Don’t let your smartphone leave you blind

Don’t let your smartphone leave you blind

How many hours each day do you spend on your computer, smartphone, tablet or watching your TV?

For that matter, how many hours a day are you surrounded by the light from LED bulbs?

Did you know that all of those things emit what’s called blue light?

And that the wavelengths of that blue light could cause you to lose your vision?

That’s because blue light has a very short wavelength, and so it produces a higher amount of energy, reaching deep into your eyes and damaging your retinas and even contributing to age-related macular degeneration.

That’s right… not only can blue light damage your eyesight leaving you unable to read the small print on a label, drive at night or maybe even legally blind, but it’s also almost impossible to escape from.

Yet, studies show that 60 percent of people spend more than six hours a day in front of a digital device. In fact, I’m one of them, and I’m betting you are too.

Let’s face it… blue light is everywhere, and one way or another you are probably exposed to it at all hours of the day.

That’s why you’ve got to protect your eyes.

And, I’m not talking about wearing sunglasses… I’m talking about using a natural compound, one that’s already found in your eyes, that’s been shown to actually protect against blue light exposure…

Lutein.

Patented blue light protection

Lutein is a type of carotenoid, a yellow pigment found in plants that gives them their color. In nature, lutein absorbs excess light energy to prevent damage to plants from too much sunlight, especially from the high-energy light rays of blue light.

In addition to being found in many green leafy plants and colorful fruits and vegetables, lutein is also found in high concentrations in the macula of your eye, giving the macula its yellowish color. In fact, the macula is also called the “macula lutea” (from the Latin macula, meaning “spot” and lutea meaning “yellow”).

The lutein in your macula blocks blue light from reaching the underlying structures in your retina, reducing your risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to macular degeneration (AMD), so it stands to reason that increasing your daily lutein intake could help protect your eyes and preserve your vision.

In fact, researchers at Harvard University have found that supplementing with as little as 6 milligrams daily of lutein can lower the risk for macular degeneration by an average of 43 percent.

The best sources of lutein

There are two ways to get more lutein in your diet: food and a high quality lutein supplement.

The best natural food sources of lutein are green leafy vegetables and other green or yellow vegetables. These include kale and spinach, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnip and collard greens and green beans. For a non-vegetarian source of lutein, you could also eat more egg yolks.

My favorite lutein supplement is Peak Vision Support because each serving offers 20 mg of FloraGlo lutein — the “gold standard” when it comes to lutein that’s been proven effective in over 80 human clinical trials.

You’re not going to give up your computer, smart phone or flat screen television or live your life in the dark. And you shouldn’t have to…

Instead, protect your eyes from the damage caused by blue light and preserve your vision with the power of lutein.


Sources:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4734149/

reviewofoptometry.com/ce/the-lowdown-on-blue-light-good-vs-bad-and-its-connection-to-amd-109744

preventblindness.org/blue-light-and-your-eyes

bluelightexposed.com/#bluelightexposed

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