The science of nutritional supplementation is advancing rapidly. What was state of the art just five years ago is now old science, and is eclipsed by the clinical support of hundreds of studies that have published their results over the last few years. The outcome is a very exciting time for your health, if you choose the right formula and the right quality standards in a nutritional supplement.
As the pharmaceutical industry searches for new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and macular degeneration, ample research is demonstrating the positive benefits of nutritional supplements such as antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, as an adjunct to support and maintain the body’s major health systems.
As an ophthalmologist and clinical researcher, Nugevity’s Ocular Support Solution (OS2®) piqued my interest. At first glance, it appeared to be the right choice for the support of eye health and the embodiment of current clinical evidence. Looking more closely and after some important due diligence, I realize that the formula was developed by a company dedicated for over a decade to setting new standards in quality for nutritional supplementation. OS2® is simply the most innovative science-based eye formula on the market today.
At the heart of this formula are the carotenoids; lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that protect our cells from damaging fee radicals. This is particularly important with the eye’s exposure to sunlight and other sources of oxidative stress.
A unique feature of OS2® is the inclusion of Alpha Lipoic Acid. This strong antioxidant is unique in that it can work both in water and fat, while Vitamins E and C work only in fat or water respectively. Alpha Lipoic Acid’s versatile and strong antioxidant properties also have the potential of benefiting the Carotenoids synergistically as it has been shown to help regenerate other antioxidants that have been used up. Much of the research on Alpha Lipoic Acid has centered on its potential ability to help preserve normal vision and the normal structure of the retina in healthy patients, as well as those afflicted with diabetes. The result is a perfect compliment of major antioxidant properties in the OS2® formula.
The etiology age-related concerns such as decline in vision, dry eyes, and other structural or functional circumstances affecting the eyes appear to be multifactorial. But inflammation likely plays a major role. Essential fatty acids are natural modulators of inflammatory activity via their interaction with eicosanoids. Typical dietary fats such as those found in cooking oil or meat contain omega-6 acids. These fats are considered pro-inflammatory. On the other hand, omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil, help regulate and decrease inflammation.
Quality of omega-3 supplementation is the key factor in its absorption and effectiveness. OS2® contains one of the richest forms of the valuable oil which has been molecularly distilled to ensure the highest purity and potency.
Since the release of the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) in 2001, nutritional supplementation has been a part of the accepted science in the support of eye health. And for the last 15 years, the science has progressed to what I would now consider the new standard of care: OS2®. Nutritional supplements pose little risk, yet the possible benefits of a product such as this in terms of maintaining independence, preserving vision, health care and personal cost savings, and easing the burden on family caregivers are positive beyond measure.
For my family and my patients, OS2 is truly the only “Ocular Support Solution.”
Dr. Timothy Schneider is a Mayo Clinic- and Johns Hopkins-trained ophthalmologist. As a clinical researcher, Dr. Schneider has authored or co-authored over a dozen publications.
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