OCULAR NUTRITION

COMPARISON CHART



 
PRODUCTS =>

NUTRIENTS
COMPLETE
Plus
FortifEye
2 tabs, 1 cap/day
OCUPOWER
Nutraceutical Sciences Institute
(6 capsules/day)
MAXIVISION
Whole Body
MedOp
(4 capsules/day)
OCUGUARD
Plus
Twinlab
(2 capsules/day)
OCULAR
NUTRITION Hi-Health
(4 capsules/day
PreserVision
AREDS 2 formula

Baush & Lomb
(2 tabs/day)
CENTRUM SILVER "w/ Lutein"*  Whitehall Labs
(1 tablet/day)
LUTEIN/
Standardized?
15 mg
10 mg
Yes
20 mg
Yes
10 mg
Yes
10 mg
Yes
10 mg
1/4 mg
Yes
ZEAXANTHIN 3 mg 0.5 mg 4 mg .4 mg
0.5 mg 2 mg NONE
LYCOPENE
2 mg
.6 mg
elemental
1 mg
elemental
NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE
BILBERRY
Yes
(Proprietary amt.)
160 mg
(25% Std)
300 mg
(25% Std))
5 mg
(25% Std)
Negligible
NONE
NONE
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
133 mg
150 mg
40 mg
NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE
CAROTENOIDS
NONE
15,000 IU
(Betatene Mixed)
NONE
2500 IU
(Betacarotene)
NONE
NONE
NONE
QUERCETIN
13 mg
100 mg
20 mg
50 mg
100 mg
NONE
NONE
TAURINE
166 mg
900 mg
300 mg
100 mg
200 mg
NONE
NONE
ACETYL L-CARNITINE
133 mg NONE 80 mg
NONE NONE NONE NONE
N-ACETYL
CYSTEINE
100mg
200 mg
100 mg
100 mg
40 mg
NONE
NONE
L-GLUTATHIONE
NONE
10 mg
5 mg
5 mg
Unknown
NONE
NONE
CITRUS BIOFLAVONOIDS
6 mg
(Hesperidin)
125 mg
NONE
215 mg
200 mg
NONE
NONE
RESVERATROL 20mg NONE 5 mg NONE NONE NONE NONE
BROMELAIN 13 mg
NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
RUTIN
NONE
100 mg
NONE
50 mg
100 mg
NONE
NONE
TURMERIC 20 mg
NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
TOCOTRIENOLS 10 mg
NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
OMEGA 3 EPA/DHA
430mg/290mg
(Triglyceride form)
NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
VITAMIN A
(preformed)
NONE
2500 IU
(Palmitate)
2500 IU
(Palmitate)
NONE
NONE
NONE
5000 IU
VITAMIN C
300 mg
1500 mg
(buffered)
500 mg
Ascorbic Acid
750 mg
Ascorbic Acid
1200 mg
Calcium Ascorbate
500 mg
Ascorbic Acid
60 mg
AscorbicAcid
VITAMIN E
30 IU
(Mixed Tocopherols and Tocotrienols)
500 IU
(Natural Mixed Tocopherols)
400 IU
(Mixed and Natural d-alpha)
200 IU
d-alpha succinate
440 IU
d-alpha Succinate
400 IU
Synthetic dl-alpha tocopherol
45 IU
Synthetic dl-alpha
VITAMIN B1
12 mg
50 mg
10 mg
NONE
NONE
NONE 1.5 mg
VITAMIN B2 6.5 mg
10 mg 10 mg
25 mg
60 mg
NONE
1.7 mg
VITAMIN B3
26 mg
70 mg
40 mg
NONE
NONE
NONE
20 mg
VITAMIN B5
40 mg
50 mg
25 mg
NONE
NONE
NONE
10 mg
VITAMIN B6
16 mg
50 mg
10 mg
NONE
NONE
NONE
3 mg
VITAMIN B12
250 mg
500 mcg
100 mcg
NONE
NONE
NONE
25 mcg
FOLIC ACID
200 mcg
800 mcg
300 mcg
NONE
NONE
NONE
400 mcg
BIOTIN
350 mcg
300 mcg
300 mcg
NONE
NONE
NONE
30 mcg
VITAMIN D
1500 IU
(cholecalciferol-D3)
400 IU
(cholecalciferol-D3)
1200 IU
(cholecalciferol-D3)
NONE
NONE
NONE
400 IU
BORON
133 mcg
2 mg
NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE .15 mg
CALCIUM
80 mg
(dicalcium phosphate + citrate)
256 mg
(as citrate malate, ascorbate)
45 mg
(dicalcium phosphate)
NONE
242 mg
(carbonate
& ascorbate
NONE
200 mg
CHROMIUM
100 mcg
(dinicotinate glycinate)
200 mcg
(ChromeMate)
50 mcg
(Amino Acid Chelate)
100 mcg
(ChromeMate)
200 mcg
(ChromeMate)
NONE
150 mcg
COPPER NONE  1 mg
(chelate)
1.6 mg
(chelate)
NONE
NONE
2 mg  2 mg
IODINE NONE 75 mcg
(Kelp)
150 mcg
NONE
NONE
NONE 150 mcg
MAGNESIUM 33 mg
(Oxide)
300 mg
(as taurate,citrate)
100 mg
(Oxide)
NONE
NONE
NONE 100 mg
MANGANESE 1.34 mg
(chelate)
2 mg
(chelate)
2 mg
(chelate)
NONE
NONE
NONE 2 mg
MOLYBDENUM NONE 75 mcg
(chelate)
80 mcg
(chelate)
NONE
NONE
NONE 75 mcg
PHOSPHORUS 45 mg
(dicalcium phosphate
NONE NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE 48 mg
POTASSIUM NONE NONE 80 mg
(chloride)
NONE

NONE

NONE NONE
SELENIUM 67 mcg
(Selenomethionine)
200 mcg
(Selenomethionine)
70 mcg
(chelate)
50 mcg
(Selenomethionine)
120 mcg
(chelate)
NONE 20 mcg
MALIC ACID NONE 90 mg NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
SILICA NONE NONE NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE 2 mcg
ZINC 27 mg
(L-Optizinc)
25 mg
(L-OptiZinc)
25 mg
(chelate)
12.5 mg
(Picolinate)
80 mg
(Sulfate)
80 mg 15 mg
VANADIUM
6 mcg
(chelate)
NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE
10 mcg
CHOLINE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
INOSITOL NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
CoQ10 40 mg
NONE 20 mg NONE NONE NONE NONE
L-GLYCINE NONE 100 mg NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE NONE
GINKGO BILOBA NONE NONE NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE NONE
GREEN TEA EXTRACT
Yes
(Proprietary)
NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
GRAPE SEED EXTRACT Yes
(Proprietary)
NONE NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE NONE
CHOLINE NONE NONE NONE
NONE
NONE
NONE NONE
BLACK PEPPER EXTRACT NONE 5 mg NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES NONE 50 mg
(plant)
NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE
CHEMICAL FILLERS NONE NONE NONE
NONE
NONE
YES YES
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100 caps
(25 days)
$34.95
120 tablets
$12.99
150 tablets
NOTES:

Has 512 mg of Bio Active High ORAC Antioxidant Blend, incl. berries, spinach, kale, Goji, green tea, cocoa, pomegranite, mangosteen,and cinnamon bark extracts. Has convenient daily packs.

Also available without zinc.

Not Available in stores.  Proven beneficial in Macular degeneration study (LAST Study).

Kosher Gelatin Capsules


Also available now in powdered form.  Not Generally Sold
In Stores

Gelatin Capsules

Available at most healthfood stores.
Limited Availability
Not Sold In Stores, lower doses of bilberry & taurine than recommended

Gelatin Capsules

Widely available.
Unsafe zinc levels may cause blood dyscrasias.

Soft Gels
Widely available.  Hard waxy tablets and nonchelated minerals may hinder breakdown and absorption. *Contains way too little lutein.
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IMPORTANT DISCUSSION:

In spite of the recent media publicity questioning the value of multivitamins, it is now well documented that NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION, along with adopting a healthy lifestyle, is the ONLY PROVEN WAY to slow the progression of blindness-causing eye disease.   Lucentis and Avastin injections and laser surgery is widely used to treat the wet form of macular degeneration, but they are only STOP-GAP measures to temporarily halt the hemorrhaging/leaking of blood vessels, and don't prevent the leaking of other ocular blood vessels in the future!  You must shore up the blood vessels from within to effect a long term healing response.  Don't lose your eyesight because of the ignorance of your eye specialist  of the studies you've read here!  You MUST take some responsibility for your own health, starting today.

While not technically an "eye vitamin," Centrum Silver was included because it is the most popular multiple taken by adults in the U.S.  Although "with Lutein" is prominently displayed on the label, most researchers feel that 6 mg of lutein is the absolute minimum one should take to prevent macular degeneration, so at 1/4 milligram you'd have to take 24 Centrum Silvers each day to obtain that level (this would overdose you on vitamin A and zinc, among other nutrients, however).  Millions of us are getting a false sense of security, believing they are protecting their eyesight by taking Centrum Silver!   (We have to wonder what legal implications this will have for the makers of Centrum Silver in the future.)

Another important carotenoid, zeaxanthin, is included in all lutein supplements, even though it often isn't listed separately and is very low dose.  Additionally, the retina is capable of converting lutein into zeaxanthin, in most cases.  Bilberry has been shown to be of great importance in supporting capillary health, which is critical for both macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.  Let's face it, treating just the eye in diabetes is like putting the fire out in the garage of a burning house, but not addressing the fire in the rest of the house!

A caution on some of the products above.  High doses of zinc may be dangerous to take.  Most experts believe that 80mg used in the AREDs 1 Study were counterproductive.  Also high doses of beta carotene and vitamin A are generally considered counterproductive, as well.  The Complete Plus product eliminates it altogether. 

Only one of the products above contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which also are very important for macular health (as well as vascular health, cholesterol control, joint health, etc...).  We recommend the FortifEye Complete Plus product if you do not consume cold water fish at least three times a week.  Also, reducing the consumption of trans fats (margarine, store purchased baked goods) and eliminating Nutrasweet (aspartame, in diet sodas and drinks) is highly recommended for optimum health.  High intake of Omega 6 and trans fats is related to increased risk for macular degeneration.

While at this time no curative claims may be made for nutritional supplementation until further studies are completed, we feel that the first three products above are the best we've found on the market, while the last two are included only because they are so popular due to many unaware eye doctors giving out free samples, advertising and widespread availability.  The nutrients generally considered most important for the eyes are listed at the top of this chart.

If anyone is aware of ANY eye product superior to any one of the first three,
PLEASE INFORM US so we can include it in this comparison chart!

It's clear from the ingredients list and the studies at http://www.i-care.net/eyeresearch.html that the most popularly prescribed products (Ocuvite Extra and Centrum Silver) are woefully inadequate to offer much protection to the eyes.  In fact, what few nutrients many once-a-day vitamins include may not even get absorbed at all, due to the inability of many older citizens' digestive systems to break down the rock hard tablets into which they are compressed.  In fact, the government's own studies showed NO measurable health benefits in over one million people who took commonly advertised multiple vitamins regularly for several years!  (For many adults these pills enter the mouth and exit in the bowel movement intact!)  Certainly the WORST thing about this situation is the false sense of security provided to the people who most desperately need the supplements and who are trying to do what's best for their health.

The I-CARE Network believes the ingredient information above is correct, but we appreciate being notified if there are any formulation changes of the above products.

Complete Plus, Ocupower and Maxivision do have advantages over other eye nutrition products which we've evaluated, such as OcuGuard, Ocular Nutrition and others.  At full strength they double as superior multiple vitamin/mineral supplements. OcuPower has both the amounts and forms of the nutrients found to be most efficacious in preventing cancer, heart disease and other degenerative health conditions, as outlined on the GENERAL HEALTH RESEARCH webpage.  (This is important, since what good is perfect eyesight if you suffer a stroke, Alzheimer's, heart attack or cancer and become too incapacitated to enjoy life to it's fullest?)

If cost is a factor, taking even half of the recommended dose of Maxivision or Ocupower above is likely to provide significant benefit.  They are a bargain when you consider that it is estimated that it would cost a minimum of $10-20/month to consume enough vegetables just to obtain  the recommended 10 mg of lutein daily.  Taking supplements is more economical, convenient and provides a more consistent dosage than diet.

(It's shocking to me that many folks will pay over $700 each month to own the average new car (according to government sources), yet balk at spending a tiny fraction of that amount to protect their vision so they can maintain their eyesight so they can continue to drive that car!  Once your vision is gone, it rarely returns, so timely intervention is critical!  Those who have gone blind from macular degeneration would gladly pay anything  to get their vision back, but sadly it's too late.)

If you have a serious eye disease, it is important that you be monitored regularly to determine if supplements are being helpful.  Don't be surprised if your present doctor doesn't believe in nutritional supplements, most doctors are still unaware of the research posted on this website!  Please note that all the doctors listed on our RECOMMENDED EYE DOCTORS webpage are free to prescribe whichever products they feel would best benefit their patients.  Some dispense supplements, some don't.  While we encourage you to support these doctors since they are at least aware of the research and have committed to us that they will keep abreast of new research that may benefit their patients, we obviously cannot endorse their work.  We hope our visitors will inform us of both positive and negative experiences with them, so we can remove any which have too many negative reviews.

At this time, few healthfood stores carry the recommended products above because of their potency and relatively high retail prices (it's much more profitable for them to sell the individual nutrients separately).  Maxivision has been available through a few select optometrists and ophthalmologists offices. 
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