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Vision Essentials
Vision Essentials

Julian Whitaker, M.D.

Vision Essentials Where-to-buy2015

Eye Problems Don’t Have to be a Part of Aging

NPN 80042124

What to expect from this product:
  • Reduce Risk of Cataracts
  • Support/Maintain Eye Health (in those with Cataracts and Macular Degeneration)
  • Improve Macular Pigment Optical Density

There’s never been a better time or an easier way to start taking care of your eyes!

BLACK CURRANT, a powerful antioxidant cousin to blueberries
and cranberries, has been shown to improve night vision and eye
fatigue within just 30 minutes!

BACKED BY SCIENCE: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, subjects given 50 mg of black currant anthocyanoside (BCA) adapted significantly better to the dark than those receiving the placebo. What’s most impressive is those night vision improvements happened in just 30 minutes! After taking BCA, the study participants were able to make out images significantly sooner. Plus, they had less eye fatigue when
performing a visually tiring task.

LUTEIN helps with glare tolerance. This potent antioxidant is shown to significantly improve glare tolerance—the recovery time for seeing clearly again after being “blinded” by bright light. Lutein has also been shown to improve other aspects of visual function such as contrast sensitivity.

BACKED BY SCIENCE: Studies indicate that lutein supplementation supports visual acuity in older patients. In one study, patients taking 6-12mg of lutein daily for 12 weeks showed improvements in visual function, especially contrast sensitivity.

BETA-CAROTENE helps with clear eyesight. This organic compound synthesizes a chemical needed for clear eyesight. And, when combined with other eye-supporting nutrients, beta-carotene works even harder to maintain eye health.

BACKED BY SCIENCE: In the six year AREDS research, scientists found that supplementation with lutein, beta carotene, vitamins E and C, zinc, and copper helped to support and preserve long-term eye health, helping to support a healthy macula and normal vision.

Plus other key nutrients to help keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime…

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID, TAURINE, N-ACETYL-L-CYSTEINE and VITAMIN C combine to shield delicate eye cells from the damaging oxidative stress caused by UV light.

GINKGO BILOBA improves circulation and blood vessel health in the eyes, helping to support vision in patients with glaucoma, diabetic neuropathy and macular degeneration.

In addition to these, Vision Essentials also includes zinc, copper, carrot powder, L-glutamic acid, glycine, lycopene from tomato extract and quercetin as part of a total solution for comprehensive vision support.

How Vision Essentials is helping real people just like you…

“In 1993, I started taking Dr. Whitaker’s recommended nutrients for the eyes, and more recently have been taking Vision Essentials. I play golf… read a new book about every week or so, and am simply enjoying life here in Florida.” – Doris G., Florida

“At age 72 [my husband] still does consulting, and driving is a part of his life – it would have been difficult for him to give it up just because of his eyes. Since he’s been taking Vision Essentials, the doctor says he’s fine, and to check back in a year. He takes it religiously, and is doing remarkably well – his vision is stable. He feels much more at ease with driving now… and we’ve recommended Vision Essentials to many people.” – Anna M., Illinois

“[With Dr. Whitaker’s program, including Vision Essentials] I can almost read now without glasses. I look out my window at the foot of this beautiful mountain, and I see it as clear as a bell now … I swear by this program – I’d recommend it to anyone…” – Wilma E., New York



Medicinal Ingredients
Beta-Carotene (All-trans-beta-carotene).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..2250 mcg (3750 IU)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 mg
Copper (HVP chelate) . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 mg
DL-alpha-Lipoic Acid. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.5 mg
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 mg
Tomato Extract (Lycopersicon esculentum) (5% lycopene) (fruit). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.75 mg
Lutein (Tagetes erecta) (flower oleoresin). . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .1.5 mg
Carrot Powder (Daucus carota) (root). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 mg
Ginkgo Biloba Extract (Ginkgo biloba) (24% flavonoid glycosides, 6% terpene lactones) (leaf)20 mg
Taurine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 mg
Black currant extract. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.5 mg
Quercetin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 3 mg
L-glutamic acid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 mg
Glycine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 3 mcg
microcrystalline cellulose, gelatin capsule (gelatin, purified water), vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant), silica

SUGGESTED USAGE: 4 capsules daily with meals providing protein, a few hours before or after taking other medications, or as directed by a health care practitioner.

I have heard that Vision Essentials has changed in Canada.  Can you give me some more information?

Yes!  Now you will find that Vision Essentials has been changed from boxes of sachets to a new single bottle formula!  Instead of the total 5 capsules per day that used to come in the sachets, the daily dose will now be 4 capsules per day.  This change was necessary in order to obtain an NPN from Health Canada.  Although some of the ingredients in the original Vision Essentials formula have been removed, overall the new formula combines superior ingredients for vision health in a less complex yet highly effective single format.

What is this product?

Vision Essentials is an advanced, comprehensive nutritional support for your eyes. Human eyes need specialized nutrition, because their delicate tissues are continually exposed to light, making them vulnerable to free-radical damage.  Packed with eye health supporting nutrients, Vision Essentials is formulated to nourish your eyes continuously, and to provide proactive support for long-term eye health.

Will Vision Essentials help with early stages and/or more advanced stages of glaucoma?

If you have glaucoma, or believe you have glaucoma, we recommend you speak with your Optometrist regarding your options.  Vision Essentials was developed to assist with macular health and cataracts.

I understand that too much Vitamin A can be toxic to individuals.  Can you provide more information?

All Vitamin A toxicity issues pertain to retinol intake (in foods and supplements containing retinol, retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate) and NOT supplemental or food-based carotenoid intake (like beta-carotene). 

Is Vision Essentials gluten free?

Yes, we do have confirmation on file that there is no gluten added and no gluten present in Vision Essentials.  However, our manufacturing facility is NOT a gluten free facility, and as we do process products that contain gluten we are unable to confirm 100% that there is no possibility of cross contamination.

Is Vision Essentials GMO free?

No, Vision Essentials is not considered GMO free.  Upon investigation we have received confirmation that there are one (or more) genetically modified ingredients in this product. 

Why are some of Dr. Whitaker's formulas in the USA so different from what we can purchase here in Canada?

Canadian and USA regulations differ.  Some ingredients are allowed in the US that are not allowed in Canada.  Please be assured that the alternatives used in the Canadian formulas provide the same health benefits and are of the utmost quality.

Do all of your products have an NPN?

Yes, all of our products have been issued a Natural Product Number (NPN) by Health Canada – these numbers do appear on our labels.  Further Natural Health Product criteria and information can be found on the Health Canada website  Under the Food and Drugs Act items that are considered a food – for example, our protein powders and herbal teas – do not require an NPN. 

Are your capsules GMO free?

Yes, our vegetarian capsule shells, our gelatin capsule shells and our softgel shells are all non-GMO.

Are your products GMO free?

Confirmation for many products has been listed separately as to whether or not GMOs are present in the formula or if any ingredients have come from a genetically modified source.  If nothing is indicated on the FAQs then we are still in the process of having testing done and the product information will be updated once complete.  This information will be updated on our website, as well as on our product information sheets and on our labels.  This will be done as quickly as possible and on a product-by-product basis.

Why have your cautions and your recommended/suggested usages changed so dramatically on many of your labels?

The changes you are noticing to our suggested usage and cautionary statements have been at the directive of Health Canada.  There have been many regulatory changes with regards to Natural Health Products causing companies to change their labels accordingly.  We update our website, product information sheets and labels on the actual products to reflect these regulations as quickly as we possibly can.  Health Canada and the industry representing natural health products act according to the interest of consumers and their safety.  As a result, if there is any concern with an existing condition, a caution is added to advise the consumer to seek out feedback from their Health Care professional.  

Will this product help me lose weight?

There is no such thing as a "magic" pill or product - the only way to succeed (and maintain) true weight loss is by adopting a healthy lifestyle combining adequate exercise and proper nutrition. If you are concerned about poor eating habits or cravings, then we recommend you seek advice from a Nutritionist or Naturopath to obtain some guidance on healthy eating, as well as to investigate possible underlying (or undiagnosed) hormonal imbalances, which can make it harder to lose weight.  You might also want to consider speaking with a personal trainer to help you discover a fun fitness program that you enjoy - because, no matter what, in order to achieve and maintain any type of weight loss, exercise is required.  Our vitamins and supplements are designed to help you in your quest to a daily, healthy lifestyle, however it also requires effort on your part.

Where do you source your products from?  

Please be advised that all of our ingredients, including flavourings, are derived from natural ingredients and are ISURA tested & certified (in order to ensure the absence of GMOs, contaminants, heavy metals and adulteration).  All of our products are manufactured at a GMP facility certified by Health Canada.  All raw materials come in and are tested for purity, safety and potency.  If they do not meet our standards they are rejected and sent back or destroyed.  We use the highest quality ingredients available, and choose organic whenever we can.  Many of our products contain proprietary patented ingredients that have been clinically researched to help deliver optimal results and outstanding quality.

Are your products gluten free?

Confirmation for many products has been listed separately as to whether or not gluten is added and/or present in the formula.  If nothing is indicated on the FAQs then we are in the process of having gluten testing done and the product information will be updated once complete.  Please be advised however that our manufacturing facility is NOT a gluten free facility.

Are your products peanut free?

Following compliance with food regulations, in order to make a negative claim such as "peanut free", it would be necessary to insure a zero tolerance of any peanut traces, including the possibility of cross contamination.  Although our manufacturing facility has a policy in place for allergen control, there is no specific policy for peanuts, nor is there a specific "no peanut agreement" with our raw material suppliers.

Can your products be used after the expiry date has passed?

Supplements generally keep their potency long after the expiry date.  There is certainly no safety issues with consuming after the expiry date has passed however the potency degrades over longer periods of time.

If a product does not specify "vegetarian capsule", then what is it made from?

These capsules are gelatin capsules sourced from either pork or beef.

Are any of your products "vegan-friendly"?

Yes, AdrenaSense, EstroSense, MenoSense, BioSil, Medi-C Plus, Magnesium and MagSense (from our WomenSense and Preferred Nutrition product lines), the Healing Teas, our Ultimate Maca Energy products and the Ultimate VEGAN line are all vegan friendly.

Why can't I find any prices on your website?

Preferred Nutrition is the wholesale distribution company for the products on this website. However we sell exclusively to Health Food stores & selected Natural Pharmacies across Canada, not directly to the general public.  Because the prices of our products can vary from store-to-store, we are unable to list our suggested prices on our website.  We recommend you contact your local retailer and inquire about prices directly with them.

Can I purchase products directly from you?  I went to a health food store and the prices seem very expensive.

We distribute our products in Canada only and we sell directly to Health Food stores - since they have a personal commitment to the natural health lifestyle.  Consumers are then able to buy our products from knowledgeable staff that are genuinely interested in helping people be well - people who care!  Always be sure to look for in store promotions or coupons when you are making your purchases as this can help alleviate your cost concerns.

Do all health food stores carry all of your products?

To find Health Food stores in your area that carry our products, please click on "Store Locator" at the top of this screen.  All you have to do is enter your postal code and you will be given a list of retailers in the radius that you choose. We do recommend calling ahead to see if they stock the item you are looking for and in most cases if a store does not normally carry something, they will offer to do a special order for you.

Are any of your products tested on animals?

No, there is no animal testing on any of our products.

Should your supplements be taken with or without food?

Most of our products will specify directly on the bottle whether they should be taken with a meal or not.  If nothing is stated, then the choice is yours as to when the best time is for you to take them.  In general, however, most vitamin supplements should be taken with food because once eating starts the digestive process, enzymes and gastric juices are generated and usually the nutrients will be absorbed and assimilated better.

I like the sound of many of your products.  Am I able to take different formulas at the same time?

Yes, it's safe to combine various WomenSense products to help support the body in achieving optimal health.  The same applies to the Preferred Nutrition line, Dr. Whitaker's formulas and Brad King's.  If you are unsure of any combination, then please consult your Health Care Practitioner.

I have heard that drinking green tea along with my supplements will end up flushing out all the nutrients?  Is this true?

No, you are fine taking your supplements with green tea.  Coffee inhibits the absorption of nutrients, but the caffeine in green tea will not pose the same problem.

Can you tell me if I can combine any of your supplements with the medication(s) I am on, as prescribed by my doctor?

It is best to consult your Doctor or alternative Health Practitioner before taking any new supplements while on prescribed medication.  If you have been approved to add our supplement(s) to your daily regime, then we do recommend that you space the medication and the supplements out by at least one hour.

Can I take your products when I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

We are not able to make any recommendations with any of our products when it comes to pregnancy or while nursing.  You must contact your Health Practitioner, Naturopath or Pharmacist.

I understand that you put a recommended dosage on your labels, but I can take more or less than that, right?  And, really, do I have to take the product every day?

With regards to the recommended dosage, we would suggest you speak to your Doctor or Health Care Practitioner before increasing any amounts.  As with any supplement you can determine your amount based on your personal preference - if you find that a product works for you immediately then you should be fine to take it just on the days you feel you need it, but again we suggest you discuss this with you MD or HP.  Some consumers find that a product needs to be in their system for a few days to a few weeks before they notice results and/or feel the full benefits.  

I don't understand why when I purchase your product and open the bottle, the contents don't even fill 1/2 of the packaging that is being used?

The containers we use are determined based on product fill and required label information, as well as capsule count when/where applicable.  Sometimes we do have to use a larger bottle than seems necessary because of the information required on the labels - requirements both from Health Canada and in order for the label to be clear and legible to our consumers.  Also, in a case where we are offering larger volume (ie/ 400g versus 200g or 180 capsules versus 90 capsules), then we have to put the contents in a bigger container in order for there to be differentiation on the shelf.

I bought a bottle of your product, and although it seemed to feel lighter than usual, I didn't think much of it, until I opened the bottle and discovered that there is nowhere near the amount of capsules inside as there should have been.  How can this happen?

As part of our corporate policy and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirement, our procedures incorporate routine in-process checks plus a final examination of the finished product to ensure conformance to all aspects of quality, including correct product count.  There are a number of checks and balances performed by both Production and Quality Assurance personnel prior to, during, and after the packaging operations to ensure that product under-counts do not happen. Although product under-counts can happen, this occurrence is rare.  Should you discover that your bottle is far below the label claim count upon opening - we recommend you return it to your point of purchase as per our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

What is your 100% money-back (customer satisfaction) guarantee?

Our 100% money-back/customer satisfaction guarantee ensures that if a customer is not completely satisfied with their purchase, they can return the unused portion of the product (in its original packaging) back to their point of purchase and we will credit the Health Food store 100% of their purchase price from us.  We cannot dictate if a store will give cash back or an in-store credit, nor can we override store policies already in place ~ but we do promise to credit them, regardless of the reason for the return.


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