Wintertime – which is rapidly approaching — is often fraught with annoying issues such as eye fatigue, irritating skin dryness and low mood due to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Spending more time indoors means spending more time on screen devices like smartphones, tablets, computers and watching TV – causing eye strain. Astaxanthin added to vision support for tired eyes and computer vision syndrome (CVS) will be smart to market for wintertime. Clinical studies have shown that astaxanthin, a carotenoid derived from an alga, improves eye fatigue through its antioxidant abilities. In fact, astaxanthin, which is part of the same xanthophyll group as lutein and zeaxanthin (the dominant “eye carotenoids”) is approximately 10 times more antioxidant power!
We can also recommend European bilberry powder extract, which is also loaded with antioxidants, such as anthoycanins. Bilberry has been extensively studied for its vision support activity, and has also been shown to help improve circulation; the eye contains numerous capillaries.
In the winter, skin becomes dry and as such can exacerbate a tired, aged look. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is great for skin support. HA is a glycosaminoglycan, found naturally and abundantly in healthy skin. One of its attributes is that it is highly hydrophilic, it retains moisture, adding plumpness. It has been shown that one gram of HA can retain as much as six liters of water.
Winter blues – or SADs – affects millions of Americans do different degrees; the loss of available sunlight (or lengthy darkness) tends to affect the “feel good” neurochemicals, making sufferers feel loss of interest, listless, unable to concentrate as well, and often, want to eat carb-heavy foods, “comfort foods.”
The adaptogen Panax ginseng helps support against SADs by helping the body regain balance through the ability to better withstand stress. Panax ginseng can lessen physical and mental fatigue; and it has an energizing effect, which is attractive during times of stress, when stress saps energy – and can support mood. In some studies, researchers have suggested that Panax ginseng may elevate neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, all which are linked to sustained healthy mood.