Vision / Eyes: Cataracts
The below provides a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. Any treatment protocol should be discussed with a qualified healthcare practitioner ... Please refer to: Medical & Legal Disclaimer.
Causes of Cataracts:
- Heredity: Some cataracts are congenital (you are born with them), others, even the hereditary ones, can show up later in life.
- Secondary to diabetes
- Secondary to infection in the eye itself
- Radiation including microwave and UV
- Llightning strike (survivors are at an increased risk of cataract development)
- and various toxins.
Marios Kyriazis, M.D. - author of The Cataract Cure (book is featured to the right) - brings a wealth of medical expertise to one of the most important breakthroughs in recent times to help combat a disease called “senile cataract”, which affects one in five people over the age of fifty-five. In the past, the only treatment available for this chronic condition was painful and potentially dangerous surgery to remove the cataract. Other treatments are now available, specifically, the new Russian breakthrough N-acetylcarnosine. In clinical trials, this treatment has shown dramatic and impressive results in treating age-related cataracts. The Cataract Cure also covers other associated eye disorders including:
- Macular Degeneration
- Infection of the cornea
- Dry eye syndrome
- Computer vision syndrome
- Blurred vision
- Please refer to "Vision Disorders"
Diets high in vitamin c lower your risk for cataracts, according to an analysis from the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Sweet Potatoes aka Yams: High source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which is linked to preventing heart disease, cataracts, and numerous cancers, and is considered a nutritional boost for eye health ... Nuts are highly valued for its anti-cancer and heart-protective properties.They aid in insulating and storing food for the body and are necessary for the normal utilization of the fat-soluble vitamins, including A, D, E, K.
Onions & Garlic: The body converts the sulfur in these foods to glutathione, which protects your lenses and prevents cataracts. (Natural Solutions Magazine, March 2008)
Tomatoes, Red Peppers and Citrus Fruits: Contain vitamin C that lower your risk for cataracts, according to an analysis from the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Carrots: Provide beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in your body - a nutrient vital for the functioning of the retina.
Ginkgo: Enhanced circulation in the minute capillaries of the eye has been credited with protecting against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Improved circulation in the ears may also protect against tinnitus and hearing loss. (Click here on more info on the benefits of Ginkgo)
Grape Seeds / Grape Seed Extract: One of the most potent antioxidants known, with tests indicating that it is fifty times more powerful than Vitamin E. In humans, it has been used to treat varicose veins, eye problems, arthritis, allergies, heart conditions, Attention Deficit Disorder, cancer, and viral diseases such as herpes.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids play a key role in the health of the retina and reduce inflammation. A Harvard study on eye disease, for example, determined that people who eat at least two servings of fish a week have a 50 percent lower risk of AMD than those who eat none.
Found in cold-water fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
- Click here to find the best and the worst fish to eat.
- Supplements, such a good quality Cod Liver Oil, are also an option. There are some lemon-flavored version that are not unpleasant to eat (click on the link for more info).
Also found in flax seed, canola oils and hemp seed (*Hemp Seeds are often referred to as "super-seeds" as they offer a complete amino acid profile, have an ideal balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and provide an impressive amount of trace minerals - they also have the highest concentration of protein in the plant kingdom.)
Raw & Unprocessed Honey: May Berenbaum, Ph.D., a University of Illinois entomologist, shares that "Honey has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of medical problems like wounds, burns, cataracts, skin ulcers and scrapes," Various researchers worldwide are finding strong antimicrobial properties in some honeys.
"Feed Your Eyes" Nutrition:
Apricots ... Bananas ... Bartlett Pears ... Blueberries have an oxygen radical absorption capacity value of 2,400 per 100 grams of antioxidant power and they are rich in anthocyanins, ellagic acid and phenolic acids. They help fight bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections, and blueberry extract may combat pain. Fresh and frozen (without added sugar) are comparable from a nutritional standpoint, but dried blueberries contain lower amounts of antioxidant anthocyanins ... Cantaloupe ... Egg ... Kale ... Pineapple ... Plums ... Prunes ... Raisins ... Rasberries ... Spinach ... Strawberries (organic only) ... Swiss Chard ... Watermelon
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