Glaucoma and the One Antioxidant You Have Never Heard Of!

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. 

An eye disorder that affects the optic nerve, glaucoma is the result of an increase of pressure within the eye. Often, it impairs vision. As pressure within the eye builds, the field of vision becomes more clouded. If enough pressure builds, blindness can result.

While the medical community is able to find risk factors associated with the cause of glaucoma, including genetic risk factors, there is no one clear cause.

Glaucoma may be one of the leading causes of blindness in the US today, but it still doesn’t have a clear cause. Fortunately, increasing levels of the powerful antioxidant glutathione in the body can protect eye health and prevent a wide range of diseases! (more…)

Nutrition and Glaucoma

In a world where the information we get seems to come fast and change even faster, some of the foods we’re now being told to eat, or not eat, may surprise you.
For instance, carrots were always thought to be good for protecting vision.
But, according to Steven G. Pratt, MD, senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital and assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego – carrots may be good for you but they do not play as big a role in vision as once thought.
It turns out that carrots are high in beta-carotene, also an antioxidant, but one that is not usually found in the eye. So carrots’ ability to protect vision may actually be limited.
Spinach, on the other hand, contains high amounts of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which are nutrients that are found in high amounts in your eyes, in fact, in higher amounts than all others.
It is believed that these two nutrients may be important for protecting your eyes against some of the bad effects that can be caused by oxygen.
That’s why they are called antioxidants. In fact, many doctors are beginning to tell their patients to eat more spinach and other green leafy vegetables and/or to take supplements rich in antioxidants to help with all kinds of problems, including cataracts and glaucoma.
There are also other nutrients thought to be good for protecting vision because of their antioxidant abilities, including vitamins C, E, A, and zinc. (See list below for foods that are high in these nutrients.)

Understanding Nutritional Supplements

As food has become more refined, and many of the important nutrients have been processed out, many Americans have started supplementing their regular diets. This practice has been common much longer in other countries.
For instance, Europeans have been regularly supplementing their diets for many years and the Chinese have been using herbal remedies for thousands of years. Now, in America, the supplement business has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry in the last decade.
Supplements are vitamins, minerals, or herbs that you can buy and take as a way of adding to the nutrition you already get from your daily diet. They usually come in tablet or capsule form but some are a powder that you can mix into a drink.
The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the word “supplement” as “something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.” So the increase in use of supplements appears to be the result of what we have come to believe is missing from our diet.
There are about as many ways to purchase supplements as there are supplements themselves. Your local health food store will carry a wide choice. And many grocery stores, as well as your corner drug store, are likely to have a health food section where herbs and supplements can be bought.

Potential Problems & Too Much Of A Good Thing

Just when we thought we had a healthy diet, we learn that it is possible to overdo it. There are dangers of taking too much of a given vitamin or supplement. For instance, too much vitamin A can cause you to have headaches, vision problems, nausea, vomiting, dry and flaking skin, or even enlarge your liver or spleen.
Too much Vitamin C may cause nausea, diarrhea, reduced selenium and copper absorption and increased kidney stone formation. Taking too much vitamin C could even cause you to have a false-positive reaction to diabetes tests. And some studies have shown that vitamin E (in supplement form) can actually raise your cholesterol.
Too much zinc in your diet could cause a mineral imbalance and too much chromium can result in iron deficiency anemia.
While vitamins and supplements may be good for you, you should treat them with the same healthy respect you treat any drugs you happen to be taking. Always check with your doctor and make sure you’re taking the proper amount.

How to Be Safe & Healthy

Many doctors strongly believe that supplements are the best thing for their patients and advise their patients to take them. Others believe you can get everything you need by simply eating a healthy diet.
Some doctors are worried that since there is no governmental control over the supplement industry, there’s no way to be sure that what’s on the label is what you’re really getting in the bottle. All of this needs to be thought about when looking at your overall health.
The safest bet is to always eat a healthy, well balanced diet and talk to your doctor about what is best for you.

List Of Foods High In Antioxidants

Vitamin C

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe

Vitamin E

  • Vegetable oils (wheat germ oil is especially rich in vitamin E)
  • Wheat and other cereal grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Egg yolk
  • Milk fat
  • Butter
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Organ Meats
  • Seafood
  • Avocados

Vitamin A

  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Whole milk
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Kale Turnip greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Papaya
  • Red Peppers
  • Cheddar cheese

Zinc

  • Lean meat
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Soybeans
  • Peanuts
  • Whole Bran
  • Whole cereals
  • Cheese
  • Oysters

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Parsley (not dried)
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Green peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Summer squash
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Green peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green olives

 

  • Source: Glaucoma Research Foundation

Lipoic Acid : Slow Aging and Repair Damage

Step by step researchers are documenting that lipoic acid protects every organ in the human body. The latest findings are that lipoic acid offers powerful protector against diabetic polyneuropathy and nephropathy (peripheral nerve disease and kidney disease resulting from damage to small blood vessels). It is also a great defender of brain tissue, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective capabilities that make if effective in slowing the aging of the brain and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Other recent research shows that lipoic acid prevents the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and protects retina ganglion against glaucoma. (more…)

Carotene Levels Associated with Mortality and Disease Risk

It has long been known that blood levels of carotenes directly predict longevity in all mammalian species.  A comprehensive review of 62 human carotene studies sought to develop a carotene health index, showing cutoff lines for disease risk and mortality.  As expected, as carotene levels go down then mortality rates rise.  Interestingly, only the highest levels of carotene provide reduced risk for the diseases of aging. (more…)

Goji Berry Supplementation May Prevent Macular Degeneration.

Macular degeneration is a major cause of gradual, painless, central vision loss in the elderly. The average age at onset of visual loss is about 75 years. After the age of 50 years, the incidence steadily increases; over one-third of people in their ninth decade of life are affected. Researchers have implied that certain conditions may contribute to the disorder. Some of these are arteriosclerosis, oxidative damage, photic damage, inflammation, diet, vitamin and rare element deficiencies, and genetics. (more…)

Blurred vision? Eye doctor myths exposed – learn how to exercise your eye muscles for restoring healthy vision and eliminating prescription glasses

You’re probably familiar with all sorts of mythologies promoted as “truisms” in modern medicine: Flu vaccines prevent the flu (they actually don’t), CT scans are harmless (they aren’t), chemotherapy works to save lives from cancer (it actually causes cancer), and so on. There are all sorts of falsehoods in dentistry, too: Mercury fillings are safe for you! (They aren’t.) Gum health has nothing to do with nutrition! (It does.) Cavities can only be treated by drilling, filling and billing! (Often just a money-making scam.)

But did you also know that there are lies and mythologies promoted by eye doctors, too?

Here’s a real whopper that’s told to almost everyone: The reason you need glasses when you get older is because — get this — your eyeball changes its shape! (more…)

Heal with the miraculous powers of garlic

 

When you’re sick with the flu, an infection, or simply unwell, doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics. We all know however, how dangerous antibiotics can be. But what if you could find that very cure for these things in nature, where you wouldn’t have to suffer the dismal side effects of nausea, wrenching stomach pains, potential hallucinations, and a gruesome attack on the friendly flora that lives in your intestines? What if you didn’t have to feel like a run-down old tractor, or like you’ve suddenly run out of batteries? (more…)

Vitamin B-based treatment may permanently cure vision-robbing eye disease

One of 2,000 people in the U.S. is diagnosed each year with keratoconus, a vision-robbing disease usually first spotted during the teenage years. The cause isn’t understood, but it is known to damage the collagen fibers that form the structure of the cornea (the outer surface of the eye). It’s the cornea that allows the eye to focus properly. As keratoconus worsens over time, the cornea degenerates and becomes thinner, bulges outwards and makes clear vision impossible. Standard treatments for the disease in the U.S. include specialized eyeglasses, hard contact lenses, and implanted lenses. However, none of these can permanently correct keratoconus. Severe cases often require corneal transplants, which are not only expensive but may not always “take.” (more…)