Many vision scientists believe that sudden or repeated exposure to strong light, such as that from computer screens, causes more than just the temporary visual anomaly of “blue spots” floating in your vision.
Researchers from Japan feel that such exposure triggers apoptosis (cell death) in photoreceptor cells and thinning of the layer of photoreceptor cells at the back of the eye in nutritional biochemistry.
The researchers concluded although lutein has been applied as a dietary supplement to help prevent chronic diseases such as and it may have a chance to be involved as a preventative medicine that may assist acute diseases in the future”
The role of general and lutein (and its close relative zeaxanthin) in particular in the preservation of eyesight, has long been known to GNLD’s Scientific Advisory Board.
When the initial formulation was made, the SAB standardized the whole food ingredients to assure that each capsule delivered the equivalent of a whole serving of lutein-rich foods.
Today, this highly tested, frequently published, comprehensive, exclusive, and patented product (drawn completely from carrots, tomatoes, spinach, red bell pepper, peaches, strawberries, and apricots) continues to define the ultimate in whole food carotenoid supplementation
Data published in the April 2011 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology shows those women with the highest average daily Vitamin D intake (15.1 mcg or 604 IU) had a 59% lower risk for AMD than those with the lowest average intake (7.9 mcg or 316 IU).
Analysis of blood samples from 1,313 women aged 50 to 79 concluded that an inverse association existed between early AMD and blood vitamin D levels in women younger than 75 years. Those with the highest intake had the lowest risk, and vice versa.
Important practices for vision protection: In addition to assuring that your diet is abundant in vision health-promoting nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, and vitamin D a few simple, easy lifetime practices can also help greatly.
In addition to an overall healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, the avoidance of smoking, and maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, GNLD recommends a diet abundant in nutrients that promote healthy vision, including omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, and vitamin D.
When daily factors such as food choice availability and hectic schedules leave gaps in the diet, GNLD supplements can be trusted to fill the gaps.
Whole Food Nutrition
Food, it’s a simple word, but feeding your body is a complex process. Your body needs a consistent amount of whole food nutrients to perform the numerous biological activities occurring every second.
Early in human history, food was consumed, for the most part, in its natural nutrient-rich state.
However, over the last 50 years, much of that has changed as whole foods are replaced with highly processed foods stripped of their diverse bioactive nutrients. In return, the scales of chronic disease are tipping in an unfavorable direction.
Studying this relationship between food and life, and thus health and disease is the science of nutrition.
Though we have only managed to scrape the surface of this exceedingly deep subject, science is giving us new knowledge every day that will help all of us live long, healthy, and happy lives. Here are just a few of the latest findings:
Whole Food Antioxidants
Oxidation is a fact of life. It’s how we produce energy in our cells and how our immune system defends us against invaders amongst many other activities and processes.
It is also potentially dangerous when unchecked, accelerating aging and increasing the risk of disease. As the latest scientific research shows, antioxidants balance the risks of oxidation in amazing ways.
Presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in April 2011, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found an inverse relationship existed between whole food flavonoid intake and the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Using evidence derived from more than 130,000 people for more than 20 years the researchers concluded that a flavonoid-rich diet (including tea, berries, red wine, apples & oranges) offered a 35% lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease for those subjects consuming the most compared to those consuming the least. (Top 20% of men compared to the bottom 20%)6.
This builds further on similar evidence from 2007.
A research team from Harvard University and the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences, Uppsala joined forces to show women with the highest intake of a combination of 6 members of the whole food flavonoid family (flavones, flavonols, flavanones, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanidins, and polymeric flavonoids) had (modest) 11% lower inflammatory markers in their blood than those women who had the lowest flavonoid intake.
For anyone pursuing optimal health and well-being this information is good news since chronic inflammation is associated with an increased risk of chronic disease.
Delivers the Nutrients You Need
One of the founding principles of GNLD science is great respect for the complexities of human nutrition and the intricacies of how the wide array of foods and whole food nutrients in “Nature’s Blueprint” interact with each other, and our bodies.
Evidence from hundreds of studies large and small continues to show the importance of consuming whole food nutrients such as polyphenols, including flavonoids if one intends to truly supplement the body’s nutritional needs.
Throughout our history, GNLD has followed that guide and delivered complete families of nutrients from whole foods. Our vitamin C products always include their companion flavonoids.
Our unique and exclusive Neo-Plex Concentrate is a select mixture of whole-food flavonoids. Our proven powerful Flavonoid Complex delivers a complete array of whole-food flavonoids with the value of a whole serving of flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables in every tablet.
Family Health Matters
New benefits of the high protein breakfast
It has long been established that sending your kids off to school with a low-fat, glycaemic response controlled (low GI), protein-rich breakfast in their stomach is a smart move to avoid mid-morning droop and promote attention in class.
New research says it may help them fight obesity too. Publishing their work in the journal Obesity, researchers from the University of Missouri(USA) Department of Nutrition and
Exercise Physiology showed that a protein-rich breakfast helped promote a long-term sense of fullness (satiety) and improved resistance against snacking.
“Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don’t make it a priority,” said the corresponding author Heather Leidy. “These findings suggest that a protein-rich breakfast might be an effective strategy to improve appetite control and prevent overeating in young people.”