Research shows common eye disorders can be slowed and even reversed using the appropriate nutrition.
Eye diseases are the major cause of blindness in the UK. The most common problem is age-related macular degeneration, followed by cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. It is estimated that a quarter of us over 65 will suffer some loss of sight as a result of these illnesses. But even a small decline in visual ability can lead to a significant drop in quality of life and independence.
The eye has the highest need for nutrients and oxygen of any organ in the body. Poor diet or poor circulation, such as with diabetes, has an immediate effect on eye health.
Even with a good diet, critical nutrients are not absorbed as well with age, causing problems such as Retinitis Pigmentosa. The solution here is to restore the digestive tract with a recovery program and supplement with nutrients with the highest bioavailability. An example is Lutein, which in tablet form may only provide 10% of the stated ingredient to a healthy tract; less to an unhealthy one. In sublingual form, however, nearly 100% of the stated Lutien content will be absorbed.
THE NEW NUTRIENTS
While familiar antioxidants such as C, A, E, Zinc, Copper, Selenium and Manganese have all been shown in studies to improve eye health, there are new supplements such as Astaxanthin, Curcumin and the amino acid Taurine, the most prolific amino acid in the eye, which we now know are just as important. And with increasing nutrient deficiencies in the soil where our food is grown, all these nutrients need to be supplemented in the form of a good quality multi-vitamin and mineral formula.
There is now a significant body of eye science research– see the Eyesight Action site at www.eyesight.nu to read studies. One of these landmark studies showed Lutein supplementation may reverse symptoms of macular degeneration. The study, published in Optometry Journal, was the first to show the reversal of age-related macular degeneration with high doses of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. The Lutein increased Macular Pigment Optical Density by 50% in 12 months.
It is still important to follow a really healthy diet and include:
- 5-10 portions of vegetables per day, including 4 greens such as kales, spinach, broccoli, green beans, etc.
- 3-4 portions of fruit per day, which should include 2-3 dark- skinned fruits such as berries, plums, apples, etc.
- Miscellaneous foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat and beans.
- Fats from fish, meats, eggs, avocados, oils, full fat milk, cheese and butter (from raw milk if possible).Other helpful therapies include MicroCurrent Stimulation and Electronic acupressure – see HealthPointTM at www.DoveHealth.com
WHAT DOES YOUR BODY NEED DAILY TO SUSTAIN LIFE?
Everyday we need proteins, fats, carbohydrates, 13 or so vitamins, 20-60 minerals (the number depends which scientist you believe), 12 or so amino acids, 10 or so essential fatty acids, 6 or so digestive enzymes, probiotics, oxygen and pure water.
Only the uninformed would claim that these essential nutrients are found in the average UK diet (even if your aging digestive system could absorb them).
You also need many specific nutrients to help counteract an essential part of your body’s energy creation, called free radicals. Free radicals are partly caused by sunlight acting upon our eyes, from cellular combustion when we create energy and oxidation from oxygen activities in our body. We need two specific antioxidants in our eyes, Lutein (lu-teen) and Zeaxanthin (zee-a-zan-than) to help counter this free radical activity.
RECOMMENDED FOR EYE HEALTH
Maxi FocusTM sublingual spray is a complete nutritional formula to support the health of your eyes. In addition to the essential carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Maxi FocusTM contains a
full range of essential vitamins and minerals. The sublingual formula ensures the most effective absorbency, even in those with digestive tract problems. Now with Phosphatidylserine Extract to help improve memory, thinking and concentration too.
Other recommended products: New FocusTM Sublingual Spray, with Gingko extract to improve blood flow to the eye’s blood vessels and Bilberry extract to improve capillary wall strength. Also TaurineTM Spray, helping reduce damage caused by sunlight; Eskimo Oil and HealthPointTM.