The number one cause of blindness in the world is cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which causes vision problems. The main symptom is loss of vision over time due to free radical damage to the structural proteins and cell membranes of the lens.
Recent studies confirm that adequate vitamins and minerals can prevent age-related cataracts. Specific nutrients that are essential for prevention include:
- Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily which is vital for normal vision. Light-absorbing retinal pigment is made of Vitamin A and protein, which are used up when images are formed, therefore adequate Vitamin A levels are essential.
- Vitamin C 2000 mg three times daily works as an antioxidant that reduces intraocular pressure.
- Vitamin E 400 IU daily destroys free radicals and reverses cataract formation in some cases.
- Zinc 50 mg daily protects against light-induced eye damage. A deficiency of zinc has been linked to retinol detachment.The above nutrients work well together to enhance immunity and keep eyes healthy.Dietary factors also play a major role in the prevention of cataracts. Lutein is a nutrient that has been given much attention due to its ability to prevent eye damage. Foods that are rich in lutein include broccoli, collard greens, kale, mustard greens and spinach. Lutein is an antioxidant that protects the eyes from free radical damage. Optionally, you may include lutein in your diet in a supplement form which provides much higher concentrations for optimal results. The herb Bilberry is also important for preventing cataracts. It supplies bioflavonoids which aid in removing toxic substances from the retina of the eye. Bilberry has also been shown to improve normal and night vision. Bilberry is available in supplement form. Conventional treatment for cataracts is surgery, which removes the eye’s dysfunctional lens. You may wish to try alternative therapies before considering surgery. Many people have found that vision improves and further eye damage declines when they feed their body nutrients it requires. If you are concerned about maintaining healthy eyes or would like to repair eye dysfunction that has already occurred, the above nutrients are your best defence.Click below to see these products in our catalogue: