Ocular discomfort characterized by an
itchy, irritated and burning sensation that may also be accompanied
by blurred vision that affects the tear film is a relatively common
eye complaint. To better understand this eye complaint, it is
important to understand that tears are composed of more than just
water, and in fact contain proteins, mucus, salts and certain types
of fat; all of these components work together with help of the
lacrimal gland to lubricate and protect the eye. Eyes that are dry
and irritated can result from living in certain climates, such as
those that are particularly dry, but also can occur in association
with other conditions, use of contact lens, eye surgery, medications,
nutrient deficiencies, and normal aging. Research has shown that
specific essential fatty acids found in certain plants and fish can
play a role in helping to support natural tear production and tear
film integrity. In particular, the omega fatty acids EPA, DHA and GLA
help to promote moisture retention and regulatory balance in the
eye.† EPA and DHA also promote healthy prostaglandin and cytokine
balance to help protect the secretory function of the lacrimal
Eye Moisture Support provides the
omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA
(docosahexaenoic acid) from Supercritical CO2 extracted triglyceride
fish oil, as well as GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) from organic borage
seed oil. Supercritical CO2 oil branded as QÜELL Fish Oil by Douglas
Laboratories, is unique among other fish oils for its critical
extraction, purity, bioavailability and high concentrations. This
extraction method of fish oil uses less heat and no chemical solvents
when compared to molecular distillation, resulting in fewer unwanted
isomer formations and “cleaner” oil. Heavy metals, PCBs,
peroxides and other contaminants are also exceptionally low as a
result of the extraction process levels. Recent data have
demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids delivered in a triglyceride
form may result in greater plasma levels and a higher omega-3 index
compared with omega-3 fatty acids delivered in the form of ethyl
esters. GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) is an omega-6 fatty acid and
precursor of prostaglandin PGE1, an eicosanoid with well known
beneficial properties. Clinical study results suggest that modulation
of fatty acid composition and prostaglandin production with GLA
supplementation supports the conjunctival epithelium of the eye.†
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant
and free radical scavenger, even more potent than lutein and
zeaxanthin, and is a carotenoid known to cross the blood-brain
barrier and the blood-retinal barrier. Animal research shows that
retinal photoreceptors of animals supplemented with astaxanthin
sustain less damage from UVlight and recover more quickly than
animals not supplemented with this carotenoid. Studies show that
astaxanthin supports healthy biomarkers such as nitric oxide synthase
(NOS), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α.
Additionally, astaxanthin suppressed NF-kB activation by free
radicals in a rat model to help improve eye fatigue.†
Vitamin C can help protect against
retinal injury from excessive light energy due to its antioxidant
properties. High levels of vitamin C are found in human retinal
tissues. Vitamin A is found in the tear film of healthy eyes and is
important for the production of the mucous layer of the tears.
Vitamin B6 is especially important because it aids in the proper
absorption of magnesium, and magnesium helps the body produce the
hormone prostaglandin E-7 which helps to produce tears. Vitamin D-3
plays a key role in immune regulation and may help protect against
the aging process. A recent study showed a significant improvement in
visual function after supplementation, suggesting that vitamin D3
supports the retina and age-related vision. †
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Eye Moisture Support is a dietary
supplement formulated for healthy tear production and ocular
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
For optimal storage conditions, store
in a cool, dry place. (59Ëš-77ËšF/15Ëš-25ËšC) (35-65%
relative humidity) Tamper resistant package, do not use if outer seal
statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.