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Dr Karol Recommends: New Nordic Blue Berry for Eyesight

Dr. Karol M.D Article by: Dr. Karol M.D
Date: Oct 17, 2014 · Posted in: Antioxidants, Dr. Karol Recommends
Dr Karol Recommends: New Nordic Blue Berry for Eyesight

This week’s hot product is the New Nordic Blue Berry Eyesight Formula. New Nordic Blue Berry is composed mainly of a blueberry extract, lutein and grape seed extract. And it’s on sale: 50% off this week — a welcome bonus.

Blueberry extract is one of the richest sources of antioxidants. It contains compounds called anthrocyanins (a mouthful, I know). Essentially these are pigments that give fruits, vegetables, flowers, leaves and berries their color. Their main role is to attract pollinators and animals to feed on the plant material to promote the dispersion of seeds. They also play important roles in plant cellular processes. But most importantly, they are powerful antioxidants, which means that they are also anti-aging. As mentioned in my previous blog on anti-aging, oxidative damage to our cells, (by way of our normal metabolism as well as exposure to pollutants, toxins and excessive sunlight), causes our cells to age quicker. Antioxidants, like the ones found in blueberries, protect our cells from this damage and promote cellular health.

Lutein And Eye Health

Lutein is a carotenoid compound, from the family of compounds that gives carrots its orange color. Just like anthrocyanins, carotenoids are also antioxidants and protect from cellular damage. Lutein’s benefits the retina to a large extent. The retina is located in the back of our eye and it captures light from the world that we see around us. Once captured, the image is transmitted to the back of the brain where it is interpreted again to produce the image that we see. So what we see is actually not the original picture, but an interpretation of that picture after it has been converted to an electrical signal. Unbelievable — but true.

As we age, dead cellular debris (or engorged blood vessels) accumulate behind the retina and lift it away from a structure called choroid. The choroid supplies the retina with oxygen and nutrients. When the retina lifts away this can cause progressive blindness or Age-Related Macular Degeneration, a very common condition, especially in people over 50. Simply put, lutein protects the retina from developing this condition via its antioxidative quality. It is believed that the dead cellular debris or the engorged blood vessels that lift off the retina are caused by oxidation and more particularly free radicals that cause oxidation.

Grape Seed Extract

Finally we have grape seed extract, which is rich in Vitamin E, flavonoids, procyanidins and linoleic acid. These are all good for you. They protect the eyes from damage caused by sunlight. They also protect the eyes from aging and protect the rest of our bodies overall. This is particularly true of flavonoids, procyanidins and vitamin E. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid required by our cellular membranes. In the absence of healthy membranes, aging accelerates.

The bottom line: New Nordic promotes this product as protecting the eye  from macular degeneration.  But a closer look reveals this to be a great anti-aging product that not only protects the eyes from damage, but our entire organism.

See you next time.

Dr. Karol