Best Kept Secrets to Prevent, Halt, or Even Reverse Macular Degeneration

Have you ever felt your money was wasted on supplements? That even though you consistently followed the protocol from your health-care practitioner you were not getting the results others obtained with the same program? You may have been right! We’ve helped hundreds of patients with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) with these healing secrets designed to help “non-responders”; those for whom the average supplement and dietary protocol fails to work.

ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Western populations and it is marked by central vision loss where blind spots or scotomas intrude. Threading a needle and passing the driver’s licensing test eventually become impossible but ARMD is preventable – even reversible to some degree with the diligent, intelligently targeted efforts we have put into practice in our clinics to increase the chances of success.

Macular Degeneration

The best doctor’s recommendations or nutritional consulting for ARMD are fruitless unless nutrients are able to be broken down or micellized, transported to the macula, and assimilated there. After years of observing how some patients prevent ARMD despite strong hereditary tendencies, how some halt or even reverse impending blindness, and how some patients actually get worse despite being on the same protocol, it became clear that powerful tactics were needed in addition to recommending dietary changes or supplements.

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9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

Even when our food choices aren’t the best, herbs and spices do more than just improve taste.  They give any meal a nutrition boost.  And according to a new study they may even reverse the damage from an unhealthy meal.

Researchers from Penn State University cooked up coconut chicken, cheese bread and a dessert biscuit for six men. The subjects were aged 30 to 65 and overweight but otherwise healthy.  On one day the meal was served plain.  On another day researchers added two tablespoons of a blend of nine herbs and spices to the meal.

After each meal the researchers drew blood from the subjects every 30 minutes for four hours.  They found that antioxidant activity in the blood increased 13% after the spicy meal compared to the plain meal.

The spices and herbs also decreased post-meal insulin levels by 21% and triglyceride levels in the blood by as much as 31%.  That in turn could reduce heart disease risk.

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How To Avoid Cataract Surgery

How To Avoid Cataract Surgery

Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of low vision and blindness throughout the world.  Up to 30% of people over the age of 50 will develop them.  By age 75, about 70% will have cataracts.  Surgery to remove cataracts has become almost routine.

Cataracts develop when proteins build up in the lens of the eye making it cloudy.  It happens with age and is primarily due to oxidative damage.  Age-related cataracts are the result of a lifetime of molecular damage to the lens proteins by free radicals.

Can your diet make a difference?  Studies to date haven’t been conclusive.  Animal studies have found that wheat grass reverses cataract damage.  Human studies have found only a non-significant or modest association between fruit and vegetable intake and cataract risk.

But the most recent study from Spanish researchers is more promising.  An article published online on BMC Ophthalmology, finds a significant relationship between high intakes of fruits and vegetables and lowered risk of cataracts.  In addition, taking in more vitamins C and E is also associated with fewer cataracts.

High Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Lowers Cataract Risk

The researchers analyzed data from the Spanish segment of the European Eye study (EUREYE) collected between February 2000 and November 2001.  The subjects included 599 adults age 65 or older.

Participants completed a food frequency questionnaire to assess how many fruits and vegetables they typically ate.  The researchers also measured blood plasma levels of vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), and various carotenoids.

Of the participants, 50% ate five or more servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day.  That number is high compared to what Americans eat.  The researchers noted that the general population of Spain eats a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruit.

The researchers showed that the more combined fruits and vegetables the participants ate, the lower their cataract risk.

The same was true of vitamin C.

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Vitamins C and E Associated With Lower Cataract Risk

As vitamin C intake increased above 107 mg per day, the risk of developing cataracts significantly decreased.  One orange has about 70 mg of vitamin C.  And the more vitamin C people ate – up to a point – the lower the risk.

Compared to those eating the least fruits and vegetables a day (between 13 mg to 83 mg), those eating up to 107 mg lowered their risk by 38%.  Those eating up to 143 mg per day lowered their risk by 51%.  However, those eating up to 408 mg every day didn’t see much more improvement.  They lowered their risk by 54%.  The researchers noted this was consistent with other research finding human eye tissues become saturated at intakes of vitamin C between 200 and 300 mg per day.

Vitamin E intake above 8 mg per day showed a protective association against developing cataract.  An ounce of sunflower seeds contains about 10 mg of vitamin E.  But there was no evidence that more vitamin E contributed to additional decreases in risk.

The researchers also measured the effects of other dietary antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, α-carotene, β-carotene, and lycopene.  But none of those antioxidants were associated with cataract risk.  The researchers admitted this result was not consistent with other epidemiological studies and called for more research.

Until then we know that high daily intakes of combined fruit and vegetables, as well as vitamins C and E are associated with a significantly decreased risk of cataract.

What does this mean for you?

Foods To Protect Against Cataracts

The researchers observed that high intakes of fruit alone did not significantly lower cataract risk.  But vegetables alone did make a significant difference.

To keep your eyes healthy, eat vegetables rich in vitamins C or E.  Broccoli is high in both of those vitamins.

Vegetables high in vitamin C include kale, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, tomatoes, and snow peas.  Foods high in vitamin E include spinach, avocados, sunflower seeds, squash, and pumpkin.

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What to do Today to Prevent Cataracts-Natural Support for Healthy Eyes

What to do Today to Prevent Cataracts-Natural Support for Healthy Eyes

By on December 5, 2013 in Articles

As we age, our eyes are often one of the most commonly affected organs. Age-related vision loss is a common problem and poses significant issues in regards to maintaining our quality of life.  Inability to drive, read or watch T.V. can all be significant problems. In addition, visual impairment can lead to increased rates of falls and injuries which can sometimes be life threatening for older individuals.

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U. S.  Over one million cataract surgeries are performed yearly in this country alone and form when the lens of the eye begins to develop opacities which can interfere with vision.  The process is painless and progresses slowly over time. (more…)

Spirulina is Powerful Cancer Fighting Food

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Are you looking for a powerful cancer fighting food?  Tiny single cell organisms known as spirulina,were designed by nature 3.6 billion years ago. Spirulina generated the oxygen we have in our atmosphere and created an environment that allowed all higher forms of life to evolve into the rich diversity we find on earth today.  Just think what it would mean to capture the energy of this food in your body and free yourself or someone you love from the threat of disease.

Spirulina is in the highest order of superfoods. It contains one of the most remarkable concentrations of nutrients known in any food, or herb. Spirulina is 60 percent highly digestible vegetable protein, and contains a huge concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, trace minerals, and the rare essential fatty acid GLA, missing in people who were not breast fed. Spirulina is rich in polysaccharides, another name for essential sugars sometimes referred to as glyconutrients. It has a balanced spectrum of amino acids, cleansing chlorophyll, and the blue pigment phycocyanin with tremendous antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. (more…)

If Your Care About Your Eye Health, Include Bilberries In Your Diet

 

Bilberries

People often confuse the bilberry with the blueberry and of course both these delicious fruits have wonderful health benefits, especially their strong antioxident properties. Although bilberries and blueberries are similar in appearance and closely related, the bilberry is proven to have special benefits for eye health. And these eye health benefits are not something recent as – for example – British World War 2 pilots reported improved night vision when flying after eating bilberry jam!

Bilberries possess a high content of anthocyanins, which provide potent antioxidant activity. In addition to antioxidants, bilberries support healthy eye function through their anti-inflammatory, collagen stabilising, vasoprotective, and rhodopsin regenerating properties. So without a doubt, the main benefit of including bilberries in your diet is for your eye health. (more…)

Nutrients that can save your eyesight

It’s a frightening condition that will slowly rob you of your vision, ultimately leaving you helpless and blind — and because it comes on gradually and painlessly, you could have the earliest stages of this disease right now and not even know it.

It’s age-related macular degeneration, and it’s the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in seniors.

But while the prospect of slowly losing your vision is enough to frighten anyone, I’ve found that a blend of key antioxidants can help slow or even stop the damage of age-related macular degeneration — and new research backs my approach. (more…)

Eating Hemp for the Treatment and Prevention of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. Generally, the damage is due to increased pressure on the nerve (intraocular pressure). It is the second-most common cause of blindness in the U.S.  According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, there are over 60,000,000 people worldwide who suffer from glaucoma. (more…)

Yes, aspartame triggers retinal detachment and bleeding

Dear Pat Davies,

I just sent you the Aspartame Resource Guide.  Note that there is a URL for aspartame and blindness.  It will give you a lot of information, and in Dr. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.sunsentpress.com  there is an entire chapter on aspartame and the eyes.

Yes, aspartame triggers retinal detachment and bleeding.  In fact, when Dr. Ralph Walton did a study on aspartame some years ago the institution stopped it.  The administrator who took part in the study had a retinal detachment and lost vision in one eye.  Someone else had conjunctival bleeding.  Some said they were being poisoned.  So the study was stopped.

I’m so sorry you weren’t warned in time.  You should complain to Food Standards there but they won’t do anything, but send them a harsh letter just the same.

All my best,
Betty
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Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame