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Dr. Julian Whitaker

Vision Essentials Gold

Robust eye nourishment with 40 mg lutein + 16 comprehensive ingredients

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Comprehensive Formula for Macula, Retina, and Total Eye Health Support

Dr. Whitaker developed his original Vision Essentials formula over two decades ago with a revolutionary approach to eye health—a combination formula with ingredients at researched levels shown to support critical aspects of eye health. Updated throughout the years, this current formula in Vision Essentials Gold includes the latest advancements in eye health research with 40 mg Lutemax® 2020 lutein to support macular health and visual performance, plus 16 additional ingredients to shield your eyes from oxidative damage.

And it couldn’t come at a better time, as nourishing and supporting your eyes is as critical as ever due to the constant exposure to blue light emitted from digital devices like smartphones, computers, tablets, and e-readers. This bombardment is virtually everywhere nowadays—and no matter your age, it is vital to supplement with proper ingredients known to nourish your eyes.

The foreseeable future: Lutemax® 2020 Lutein

Vision Essentials Gold’s proprietary formula includes award-winning, clinically validated Lutemax 2020 lutein, which is comprised of all three carotenoids concentrated in the macula and retina: lutein (40 mg), zeaxanthin (8 mg), and meso-zeaxanthin (2 mg). These three carotenoids are some of the most beneficial ingredients to support eye health, especially when it comes to shielding your eyes from some of the negative effects of blue light and supporting the health of your macular pigment.

In addition, the powerful combination in Lutemax 2020 lutein has been shown to…

  • Reduce digital eye fatigue and eyestrain
  • Support normal macular pigment optical density (MPOD)
  • Support visual recovery after bright light exposure
  • Support visual adaptation to low-light conditions

Why is lutein so very important for eye health?

Lutein (from the Latin luteus, meaning yellow) is a naturally occurring carotenoid used by the body as an antioxidant and by your eyes to help shield against blue light absorption. Lutein supports the health of your maculas and retinas by helping to filter some of the negative effects of blue light and supporting your total eye health, which is critical to your vision. The macula—the central part of the retina—is the area that is most sensitive to blue light, the part of the visible light spectrum that can harm your eyes. If you compare the eye to a camera, the retina would be the film. It's where images are captured and then relayed to the brain. The macula is what allows for sharp, clear, central vision, and the ability to perceive colors. It is what gives us the sharp, crisp details that help us to read, watch TV, drive a car, or distinguish faces.

Unfortunately, to get the truly beneficial amount of lutein needed to support your maculas and retinas, the volume of lutein-rich foods you would need to consume would be highly impractical. For example, you would need to eat 180 eggs, nearly four pounds of broccoli, or over six pounds of peas to get 40 mg of lutein, the amount in Vision Essentials Gold.

With the inclusion of Lutemax 2020 lutein, Vision Essentials Gold goes above and beyond standard formulas to deliver an advanced form of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers plus 15 additional innovative ingredients for superior macula, retina, and total eye health support, plus protection from free radicals. Altogether, the combined ingredients in Vision Essentials Gold provide targeted support for…

  • Normal macular pigment optical density (MPOD), helping to shield eyes from some of the negative effects of blue light exposure
  • Visual acuity in bright light conditions
  • Visual recovery after bright light exposure
  • Visual adaptation to low-light conditions

And much, much more!

Alarming numbers

According to the Vision Council, more than 83 percent of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours per day and over 53 percent report using two digital devices simultaneously, with over 60 percent reporting experiencing symptoms of digital eyestrain.1

With alarming numbers like that, it’s no surprise that supporting eye health is rapidly becoming a major concern for people of all ages. And that brings us back to Lutemax 2020 lutein, formulated by OmniActive Health Technologies, which is leading the fight for eye health with their blue light research. Unlike generic lutein included in most supplements, Lutemax 2020 lutein is an advanced form of lutein plus zeaxanthin isomers, which is supported by groundbreaking research from multiple studies. Take a look…

Research indicates improvements in eyestrain, eye fatigue, contrast sensitivity

In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, healthy young adults with significant exposure to blue light were given a placebo or 20 mg Lutemax 2020 lutein with 4 mg of zeaxanthin isomers for six months. Supplementation with Lutemax 2020 lutein resulted in significant reductions in occasional headache frequency, eyestrain, eye fatigue, contrast sensitivity, disability glare, photostress recovery, and improved MPOD and sleep quality.2

Study shows advances in MPOD, disability glare, and photostress recovery

In another double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, participants aged 18–22 were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Placebo, 10 mg of Lutemax 2020 lutein with 2 mg of zeaxanthin isomers, or 20 mg Lutemax 2020 lutein with 4 mg of zeaxanthin isomers for 12 months. Supplementation for both Lutemax 2020 lutein dosages resulted in statistically significant improvements in MPOD, disability glare, photostress recovery, and serum lutein and zeaxanthin.3

Plus, Setria® Glutathione and N–acetyl L–cysteine

In addition to the robust nourishment of Lutemax 2020 lutein, Vision Essentials Gold includes Setria Glutathione, a patented form of glutathione—the body’s “master antioxidant.” A beneficial supporter of multiple processes in the body, glutathione works in tandem with other antioxidants to protect against free radicals and help support general health.

Importantly, the glutathione in Vision Essentials Gold is the most active form; so, in addition to the precursor, N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC), you get excellent support for healthy glutathione levels. These two ingredients are vital for fighting oxidative stress. Aside from helping increase glutathione levels, NAC is well absorbed in the gut and is easily converted into circulating cysteine, one of the three amino acid components of glutathione. Many researchers now feel it is the body’s premier antioxidant, essentially controlling free radicals that may contribute to damaged cells.

Stellar supporting cast includes more
robust antioxidant benefits

Vision Essentials Gold augments its powerful and unique formula with a 300 mg Berry Vision Complex, which combines the exceptional antioxidant firepower of bilberry, black currant, maqui berry, and goji berry for a powerhouse formula of comprehensive eye health support and protection from free radicals.

Taurine, vitamin C, lycopene, zinc, and copper

Vision Essentials Gold also includes taurine and vitamin C to provide antioxidant support. And, lycopene and zinc go even further to support your eyes from free-radical damage. Coenzymes like zinc need copper to function properly, so this mineral was also included in Vision Essentials Gold, plus copper is a co-factor essential for several oxidation-reduction reactions and acts as an antioxidant to scavenge free radicals.

Over 20 years ago, supplementation for the eyes simply wasn’t on the radar of most eye doctors, let alone MDs. Now, two decades later, eye health supplements are everywhere. However, only a select few offer the high quality and robust eye nourishment that Vision Essentials Gold provides with 40 mg of Lutemax 2020 lutein plus 16 more ingredients for powerful support. It’s never too late to start focusing on your eye health.
2Stringham JM, et al. Foods. 2017;6(7):47.
3Stringham JM, et al. Eye Vis (Lond). 2016;3:30.

Ingredients and Dosage

Doctor's Suggested Use: Take 4 capsules once daily with a meal.

Serving Size: 4 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30

IngredientAmount Per Serving% DV
Vitamin A (as beta carotene)1,500 mcg RAE167%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)100 mg111%
Zinc (as zinc oxide)25 mg227%
Copper (as copper chelate)2 mg222%
Taurine600 mg*
Berry Vision Complex
Black Currant Extract (fruit), Maqui Berry Powder (Aristotelia chilensis, fruit), Goji Berry Extract (Lycium barbarum, fruit), Bilberry Extract (fruit)
300 mg*
Carrot Powder (root)260 mg*
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine260 mg*
Schisandra Extract (berry)160 mg*
Lutein (from marigold flower)(Lutemax® 2020) 40 mg*
L-Glutathione (from fermentation)(Setria®)20 mg*
Zeaxanthin Isomers (from marigold flower; containing a minimum of 2 mg of meso-zeaxanthin)(Lutemax® 2020)8 mg*
Lycopene (from tomato fruit)3 mg*
*Daily Value (DV) not established

Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, gelatin, magnesium stearate, silica

Precautions: Consult a health care practitioner before use if you are pregnant or nursing, have a serious medical condition, or use any medications.

Keep out of reach of children.

  • Gluten Free

Setria® is a registered trademark of KYOWA HAKKO BIO Co., Ltd.
Lutemax® 2020 is a trademark of OmniActive Health Technologies, Ltd.

Due to the nature of these ingredients, color variation may occur.

Science and Quality

Spotlight on OmniActive Lutemax® 2020 Lutein—
Supporting Advanced, Sustainable Supplementation

From flower to finished product, award-winning Lutemax 2020 lutein gets our sustainability seal of approval. What’s more, the company behind Lutemax 2020 lutein, OmniActive Health Technologies, ensures both traceability and transparency in delivering high-quality lutein and zeaxanthin through socially and ecologically responsible practices. Every bottle sold of new and improved Vision Essentials Gold helps play a vital role in sustaining the marigold farming community that supports Lutemax 2020 lutein.

Farmers are at the heart of OmniActive operations—they are an integral part of the OmniActive family and play a vital role in the commitment to quality, reliability, and sustainability of every flower grown.

Education & Social Stewardship
OmniActive has close relationships with more than 10,000 farmers who supply the marigold flowers. The result is a strong, reliable and efficient supply chain. The agricultural field teams regularly update farmers on technological advancements, including crop compatibility, to ensure efficient use of natural resources and cropland. This means greater consistency and reliability in marigold yields, improved quality of marigold crops, and greater financial return for the farmers.

Consistently high-quality lutein ingredients are ensured through a fully vertical integrated manufacturing process. This includes a specialized seed blend and optimal growing conditions. In addition, OmniActive provides a high level of sustainability, transparency and traceability, compared to the competition.

Environmental Focus
OmniActive is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint. Their state-of-the-art drying process is thermally efficient, which helps ensure that customer needs are met without compromising environmental values.

Lutemax 2020 Lutein Awards

  • NutrAward 2018 Best Functional Ingredient
  • Frost & Sullivan 2017 Product Leadership Award for Eye Health Ingredients (lutein and zeaxanthin)
  • Frost & Sullivan 2011 Product Differentiation Excellence Award for Eye Health Ingredients (lutein and zeaxanthin)


Product Quality

In addition, Vision Essentials Gold is manufactured under stringent quality controls:

  • Manufactured to exacting standards using highest quality raw materials
  • Produced in accordance with our strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that meet those set by the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Every batch tested to verify purity and potency specifications are met
  • Quality assured with our Triple-Testing Philosophy™
  • Backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee

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