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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Potent cacao flavanols from dark chocolate have proven effective in lowering the risk from heart disease and sudden heart attack in recent studies. Writing in the journal Physiology and Behavior, researchers demonstrate that antioxidants released by consumption of cocoa products can improve multiple aspects of eyesight and cognitive performance. Scientists from the University of Reading found that improvements in visual function were evident for two and a half hours after ingesting foods high in cocoa flavanols (CF) and certain cognitive brain functions were enhanced. Small amounts of unsweetened dark chocolate can aid visual acuity and boost memory performance.
Prior research studies have shown that the consumption of CF have improved markers of blood hemodynamics, increasing both central and peripheral blood flow. Increased blood flow is an important factor in cerebral health and function and is also essential to the heart and enhanced eyesight. (more…)
In Part 1 of this three part series on natural vision health you learned about the most common vision problems and eye exercises that may help reverse the vision loss. Then in Part 2 you learned about the connection between diet and nutrition and your eyesight. And now here in Part 3, and the last installment in the series, you will learn about herbs and other natural remedies for restoring and maintaining your vision.
Top Herbs for Vision and Eye Health (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: (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.