Found only in our “Complete Plus” , “Complete Macular Defense” and “Complete 1 per Day” formulas, this power-house combination of antioxidants helps defend against damaging free radicals by protecting different parts of your eyes and body in different ways. After many years of clinical based research utilizing the latest in intracellular blood tests and plasma blood tests the Fortifeye research team decided to create the Bio Active High ORAC Blend and add it to their already existing product line. This blend was created to boost antioxidant level in the cells. Nutrients known to have the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) were used. This gives the nutrients the cells need to allow the body to work at is fullest potential and help to fight against disease and aging in the eye and entire body. This is a continuous quest of Fortifeye Vitamins, to continue ongoing research that will help in the evolution and development of science based nutraceuticals to aid in total body and ocular health. The total ORAC value of The Fortifeye Complete plus is approximately 8,500 , the ORAC value of the Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense is approximately 12, 500 and the ORAC value of Fortifeye Complete One-A-Day is approximately 4,250. Complete Plus and Complete Macular Defense come in individual packets making compliance and sterility less of an issue. The Fortifeye Vitamins should be divided into two dosings with meals to maximize absorption. Fortifeye Complete Plus was developed for most people and the Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense was developed for those who may need more antioxidants like: macular degenerative patients, extreme athletes, smokers and heavy alcohol drinkers and patients on large amounts of medication. Fortifeye complete 1 per Day was developed for the patient that only wants a multi vitamin taken once daily do to cost and conveience.
Green tea extract:
EGCG, a key antioxidant found in green tea, is thought to support ocular and overall health and works particularly well when in presence of Vitamin E. According to researchers at the University of Kansas, EGCG is 100x more powerful as an antioxidant that Vitamin C and 25x more powerful than Vitamin E. EGCG may also inhibit the formation of new blood vessels (anti-VEGF); this may prove to be useful in supporting retinal health. Green Tea has been linked to lower cancer risk, lower cholesterol, faster weight loss, neuro protection , improved cognitive abilities, healthier immune system, better diabetic control and may benefit arthritis. Some evidence that green tea may help slow down cataracts. 100 grams of brewed green tea has an ORAC value of aproximately 1253.
(lycium berry), has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gogi Berry has been named the “Anti Aging Berry” because of its nutrient dense profile and extremely high antioxidant power. Gogi berry is considered one of the “Super Fruits” since it has one of the highest ORAC scores of any edible fruit. The ORAC value of 100 grams of Gogi is about 25,300. Gogi Berry may be the richest source of zeaxanthin in the plant family. Studies reveal that intake of a modest daily amount of Gogi Berries markedly increases fasting plasma zeaxanthin levels. This aids in improving macular pigment density which may prove to be beneficial for Macular Degeneration. Early studies indicate that Gogi Berry may have some neuro protective qualities in protecting retinal ganglion cells in Glaucoma. The Gogi Berry may also aid in dark adaptation.The Gogi Berry is a good source of essential and trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins, polysaccharides and essential fatty acids. The nutritional value of the Gogi Berry is proving to be beneficial for ocular and overall health.*
Acai Fruit Extract:
Acai is a fruit that grows on a particular Palm tree in the Amazon Rainforest. It is classified as one of the “Super Fruits” do to its very high ORAC value. Acai has a very high concentration of anthocyanins, antioxidants, fiber, omega essential fatty acids, plant sterols , vitamins and minerals. This nutrient dense fruit has been associated with tremendous health benefits. Fresh Acai Berries have an ORAC value of about 5,500 per 100 grams, Freeze Dried varieties of Acai berry can have ORAC as high as 100,000 per 100 grams.*
Cocoa is the dried and fermented bean from the cacao tree where chocolate comes from. Cocoa is high in two specific flavanoids; epicatechins and polyphenols. The flavanoids from Cocoa have been associated with many health benefits. Cocoa may improve circulation to the brain and heart and thus improve cardiovascular health and improve cognitive abilities. Cocoa may also be beneficial at lowering blood pressure and lowering LDL ( Bad cholesterol) and raising HDL ( good cholesterol). The antioxidant power (ORAC Value) of Cocoa is one of the highest of any food on the planet. The high amounts of antioxidant in cocoa may help to retard free radical damage in the body and slow down the age related degenerative diseases in the body and eyes. ORAC value of dry powdered cocoa is about 80,000 per 100 gram and dark chocolate has an ORAC value of about 13,000 per 100 gram.*
Pomegranate Fruit Extract:
Pomegranate known as the “Royal Fruit” is a rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols. Pomegranate has a moderate ORAC value of about 2,860 per 100 grams. Some of the health benefits claims of pomegranate are ; Improved circulation to the heart, reduction of arterial plaque, reduction in blood pressure and LDL (bad cholesterol), protective effects for breast and prostate cancer, improvement in erectile dysfunction and may act as an anti-inflammatory. The antioxidant power, improvement in circulation and anti inflammatory aspects of Pomegranate may prove to be beneficial for good ocular health.*
Cinnamon Bark Extract:
Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as a spice and for medicinal purposes. Cinnamon has been used as an aid in the common cold, help digestive problems and often used as an anitmicrobial. More recently Cinnamon has been useful in helping to control glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides in type 2 diabetics. Cinnamon has an ORAC score of 267,536 per 100 grams making it one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. The numerous health benefits related to diabetes combined with the high antioxidant power makes cinnamon bark extract very appealing for total body as well as ocular health. *
Mangosteen Fruit Extract:
Mangosteen is grown in South East Asia and is considered one of the Super Fruits. Mangosteen is known as the “Queen of Tropical Fruits” and is very high in polyphenols, xanthones and tannins. Mangosteen is known for its health promoting properties and has a very high ORAC score. Research indicates that xanthones may support the immune system, maintain intestinal health, help stop free radical damage, support cartilage, joint and respiratory health.*
In several studies, bilberry was shown to improve visual acuity at night as well as shortening the time to adapt to dark conditions and recover from glare – important for light-sensitive individuals during night time driving. New science suggests Bilberry like blueberries may prove to be a potent inhibitor of Vegf and may be helpful in diabetic retinopathy as well as wet macular degeneration. Bilberry has an ORAC value a little higher than Blueberry.*
Grape seed extract:
Used extensively in Europe, grape seed extract is rich in flavonoids, compounds that have antioxidant properties some consider even greater than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Beyond their antioxidant powers, it is thought to improve blood circulation and help strengthen blood vessels. Grape Seed Extract has a high ORAC value.
Research has shown increasing intake of antioxidants such as dark green leafy vegetables and dark berries may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Kale and Spinach are very high in Lutein a carotenoid that increases macular pigment density in the retina that may have some protection against macular degeneration. Lutein also acts as an internal sunscreen to the retina by absorbing the harmful HIV (Blue Light) rays from the sun. Lutein may be beneficial at slowing down cataract formation. Bluberries have many health benefits. Studies are proving that Blueberries decrease risk of cancers, reduce LDL cholesterol, guard against neurological diseases, relieve arthritis, strengthen immune system, promote urinary tract health and optimize ocular health. New research using blueberries has revealed inhibition of Vegf which may help in the protection of certain cancers , proliferative diabetic retinopathy and the wet stage of macular degeneration. ORAC value of Blueberry is about 6,552 per 100 grams, ORAC of Kale is about 1,770 and the ORAC value of Spinach is about 1515.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
ORAC values were researched from, ORAC of related foods-2007, National Data labratory, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA and ORACvalues.com, the internet antioxidant data base.