My patients often ask me about the benefits of one trendy supplement or another that’s been in the news. And while some, like vitamin D or green tea, can offer a wealth of healthy benefits, you shouldn’t ignore tried and true nutrients that aren’t getting press.
One essential nutrient that hardly gets any attention these days is vitamin A. It’s one of the basic vitamins that works on many levels to ensure good health. Yet, more than half of us aren’t getting enough on a daily basis.
While you might get some vitamin A in your multivitamin, it’s likely not enough to fill all the needs your body has for this powerful antioxidant nutrient. Here are just some of the ways vitamin A keeps you healthy: (more…)
I remember when my grandmother started to lose her eyesight. It was devastating for her. Nana had always been an active reader, crafter, and volunteer. And as her sight faded away, so did some of her zest for life.
Now an exciting new finding may save others from going through what my grandmother had to. (more…)
Vision is one of the most sophisticated feats of creation. The ability to transmit photo rays and create pictures of reality is such an incredible process that most talented scientists do not completely understand it. Unfortunately, vision problems are one of the fastest growing functional health deficits in the world. Fortunately, natural lifestyle solutions can help prevent and reverse many of today`s vision problems.
While driving home from a photoshoot in northern Minnesota, I heard a story on the radio about a doctor at a VA hospital in Illinois had reversed an aging process (measured by changes in the eye of patients) using resveratrol.
Here is the original story from the AP (found after I arrived home):
Seattle (June 27, 2008)- Using a high-output camera to film the back of the human eye, for the first time researchers have shown that a nutraceutical matrix can effectively remove cellular debris from the human eye that accumulates with advancing age and correlated this with significant improvement in visual acuity and night vision in an 80-year old man.
The accumulation of cellular debris in the retina is believed to be the first sign of age-related macular degeneration, an eye disease that robs senior adults of their central vision used for reading or driving, for which there is no cure. (more…)
A number of conditions can lead to poor vision and eye health, including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, macular degeneration, presbyopia, glaucoma, astigmatism and cataracts. As we age, we become increasingly susceptible to many of those problems. However, contrary to popular mainstream dogma, such conditions can be prevented and often even successfully reversed.
The most common vision robbing eye problems are:
Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a defect of vision caused by an imperfection in the eye, such as the eyeball being too short or the lens not being round enough. Hyperopia causes difficulty to focus on near objects and, in extreme cases, may result in the inability to focus on objects at any distance. (more…)
The results of a study reported in the April, 2011 issue of the American Medical Association journal Archives of Ophthalmology suggest that having a high level of vitamin D could be protective against the development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in adults.
The Study involved 1,313 women participants in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS), an ancillary study within the Women’s Health Initiative. Serum samples drawn between 1994 and 1998 were analyzed for 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which reflects vitamin D exposure from oral sources and sunlight. Dietary questionnaires administered upon enrollment were analyzed for vitamin D intake from food and supplements. (more…)
B vitamins are essential to health. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on them for proper functioning. They are coenzymes that are involved in energy production and are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety.
As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines. In some Alzheimer’s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-complex in an accepted multivitamin. (more…)
Healthy eating can reduce not only health care costs, but also the deterioration of the quality of your eyesight for years to come. A 2009 study published in Ophthalmology has revealed that a combination of a low glycemic index diet with nutrients like zinc and lutein can protect your eyes against age related macular degeneration (AMD). (more…)