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Protect Your Eyesight
Antioxidants, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Other Nutrients
Help to Prevent Many Eye Diseases
Seventy-percent of people are near-sighted (myoptic) and the percentage is steadily increasing. According to the 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Provisional Report almost 25 million adult Americans say that they "have trouble" seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses.
Even worse, 80 million Americans are suffering from eye diseases that have the potential to cause blindness. There are over six million new cases of eye disease reported each year and over one million people are legally blind.
Eye diseases are signs of deeper health problems, such as stress, free radical damage, diabetes and circulatory disorders. Poor nutrition creates a major role in the health problems that lead to a deterioration of eyes.
Many eye disorders such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma are probably caused by free radical damage. One cause of this damage can be the ultraviolet radiation present in natural light, but chemical toxins, cardiovascular inflammation and blood sugar problems are contributing factors.
Eyes need exposure to natural sunlight and artificial lighting plays a part in our diminishing eye health. Stress and particularly eye strain play a big role in vision problems.
The major reason myopia (nearsightedness) is becoming increasingly common is the amount of time people are spending doing close-up work like reading and working on computers. The eye strain caused by working at computer terminals and other close-up work, creates muscle tension that inhibits the eyes from relaxing and seeing in the distance. You need to be regularly shift focus from nearby objects to objects in the distance.
It's important to protect the eyes from injury for good health. There are about 2,000 cases of eye injuries occurring daily and most of these could be prevented by protective eye gear.
Anytime we see something beautiful, you can think of it as a feast for the eyes, but the eyes need proper nourishment from your diet.
Good Fats Help You See Clearly
The eyes need DHA, an omega-3 essential fatty acid found in large quantities in the brain. DHA helps with communicating information from the eyes to the brain. Good fats lubricate the eyes and keep them from drying out.
Protect Your Eyesight with Antioxidants
The beautiful colors of many fruits and vegetables are both pleasing and nourishing to the eyes. That's because the purples, yellows, greens, blues, reds and other bright colors found in the plant kingdom are signs of the presence of important nutrients called antioxidants.
Carotenoids Inhibit Cataracts and Degeneration
Lutein is a member of the carotenoid family that occurs in nature with zeaxanthin. These nutrients are highly concentrated in the macula of the eye. The macula is responsible for focus and color differentiation. Research shows that higher plasma levels of lutein and zeaxanthin may be associated with macular health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in plants to protect against the toxic effects of ultraviolet radiation and oxidation. As an antioxidant, lutein can protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals and can filter out damaging light, protecting eye tissues. Contains Lutein, zeaxanthin and hibiscus flowers.
Perfect Eyes - Eye Protection in a Bottle
Perfect Eyes is a formula designed to help maintain healthy eyes as a person ages. It contains numerous antioxidant nutrients that can help protect the eyes from macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. It is an excellent supplement to take for soothing irritated eyes or protecting against blandness for people with diabetes.
Perfect Eyes contain lutein, zeaxanthin, other carotenoids and flavonoids. N-acetyl-cysteine in this formula promotes the production of gluthione, an intracellular antioxidant found in abundance in the liver and eyes. It contains the anti-inflammatory herb turmeric and the herbs eyebright and bilberry, which have been traditionally used for promoting eye health. Taurine, zinc and selenium provide additional nutritional benefits for healthy eyes.
Vitamins Vital to Vision
Vitamins A&D keeps fats in the eye from oxidizing and prevents the eye from dehydrating by helping in tear formation. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which explains why they have a reputation as being good for the eyes. A deficiency of vitamin A is known to cause blindness.
Vitamin E is found in both the retina and the lens. Adequate intake of this fat-soluble vitamin reduces the risk of cataract formation. It works with bioflavonoids to inhibit macular degeneration.
Vitamin C is critical to eye health because it helps protect the capillaries nourishing the eye tissue. It reduces pressure in glaucoma (the second leading cause of blindness), reduces cataract formation and helps rebuild the cornea when it has been damaged.
Nutrients for Healthy Vision
The amino acid taurine is found in high quantities in the retina. It is depleted by diabetes and is low in vegan diets. It helps protect the retina against UV radiation, and is found in Perfect Eyes.
People with cataracts are deficient in glutathione, a major antioxidant in the liver and eyes. N-Acetyl Cysteine helps increase glutathione levels and may be helpful in protecting against eye disease.
Other antioxidants that protect the eyes include anthocyanidins, found in blueberries and Bilberry Fruit, silymarian from Milk thistle and quercitin from onions. Grapine is also a useful antioxidant for the eyes.
Any clouding of the lens in the eye is called a cataract. Cataracts cause hazy vision, glare, trouble focusing, rapid eye fatigue and double vision. They are the number one cause of blindness in the elderly, world-wide. Cigarette smoking greatly increases of cataracts. Proper hydration, a healthy liver and a diet high antioxidants (fruits and vegetables) reduce cataract risk.
If you are concerned about developing cataracts, you can reduce your risk by taking Perfect Eyes and/or N-Acetyl Cysteine. The essential fatty acids Krill Oil or Super Omega-3 EPA will reduce your risk. Support the liver and heal it with Liver Balance may be helpful.
Large doses of Vitamin C may help to reverse cataracts after they have started to form. Some people have reported herbal eye wash as helpful in getting rid of cataracts.
The Herbal Eye Wash
Herbal eye wash is helpful for conjunctivitis, pink eye and eye infections. To make a tea bring one cup of purified or distilled water to a boil. Remove from heat, open 3-4 capsules of EW, stir and cover for 10+15 minutes. Stain with a fine cloth or coffee filter. Use eye cup (purchase from pharmacy), hold to eye and blink repeatedly 10-20 times for each eye (rinse cup and fill again for opposite eye). Keep covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Can use wash cold. Wash eyes 2-4 times a day.
For added infection fighting properties and to preserve add 1 teaspoon Silver Shield after cooled.
For best results take 2 capsules internal 3 times per day.
The second leading cause of blindness in the elderly is glaucoma. Glaucoma involves damage to the optic nerve that transmits signals from the eye to the brain. This damage is usually caused by pressure build-up in the eye, but it can be caused by poor circulation.
The pressure builds up because cellular debris from free radical damage in the circulatory system enters the eye and blocks lymphatic drainage in the eye.
Glaucoma is stress related, so managing Stress important for prevention. Avoiding tobacco, alcohol, diet sodas and caffeine is helpful in preventing glaucoma. Since free radical damage is involved, a diet high in antioxidants is important.
If you have glaucoma, you should seek medical attention to prevent blindness. Natural therapies that can be helpful in conjunction with medical treatment include improving circulation and relaxing the meshwork that allows the eye to drain.
Beans and legumes contain substances that help to open the “drain” in the eye. Chinese Stress Relief may be helpful here as it contains several ingredients used in Chinese medicine to reduce ocular pressure. And reduces stress.
Other potentially helpful remedies include using Chamomile as an herbal eye wash or compress and taking Perfect Eyes and Super Omega-3 EPA and DHA. It may be helpful to massage around eyes, temples and neck to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage.
The macula is the center of the retina and when this part of the retina starts to deteriorate, a person experiences a loss of central vision in one or both eyes. This degeneration of the macula is caused by inflammation and free radical damage. High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries increases the risk of developing macular degeneration.
As with other eye diseases, increasing dietary antioxidants is an important step to preventing macular degeneration. Avoid cigarette (including second-hand smoke) and protect the eyes from UV radiation with hats or sunglasses.
Because circulatory problems are involved in macular degeneration, many people have found Mega-Chel helpful in halting and even reversing macular degeneration. It is not necessary to do a full oral chelation program, two to four tablets of Mega-Chel taken daily, in place of a multiple-vitamin and mineral supplement, seems to do the trick.
Conjunctivitis and Styes
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the lining of the eye that causes redness in the whites. It may be due to allergic reactions or infections such as pink eye, a contagious viral condition. A closely related condition is a stye, which is an infection in the eyelid by staph bacteria that causes swelling in the eyelid.
These conditions may be treated naturally using the herbal eyewash (EW) as described above. When infection is involved, Silver Shield may be used topically in the eyes as eye drops, as well as internally. You can poke a pin-hole in a capsule of Vitamin A & D and rub the oil around (but not in) the eye.
Other Eye Diseases
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the retina due to complications of diabetes. Citrus Bioflavonoids w/Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Grapine are particularly helpful. Bilberry and Ginkgo are useful, along with Super Omega-3 EPA.
Sjogren's Syndrome is a combination of dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis. Super Omega-3 fatty acids and EverFlex can be helpful. People with Sjogren's Syndrome should avoid wheat, dairy and nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes).