Take Care of Your Eyes – Naturally!

To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, consider these simple guidelines: Fi...

To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, consider these simple guidelines:

  1. Find out if you are at higher risk for eye diseases.
  2. Have regular physical exams to check for diabetes and high blood pressure.
  3. Look for warning signs of changes in your vision.
  4. Exercise more frequently.
VISION PROBLEMS occur for various reasons.  Many times the problem is due to poor diet.  A diet of denatured and preservative laden food leads to the free radical damage that is implicated in many conditions affecting the eyes.

A DEFICIENCY of just one vitamin can lead to various eye problems that can sometimes be corrected with supplementation of the correct vitamins and minerals.   Most of the products for eyes include antioxidants such as vitamin A, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin. There are many good eye formulations on the market; however, the buyer has to beware.

READ LABELS closely.  A lot of products look good, but are actually it full of synthetics, dies and the cheaper form of ingredients that typically do not absorb well.  It doesn’t matter who recommends it.  The most common products sometimes tend to be the worst.
Bad products cause more FREE RADICAL DAMAGE than they mitigate.  And, they are not easily assimilated.  Poor digestion / assimilation is an underlying cause of some eye problems, so you want to make sure that you are actually getting what you think you are.
Most people will associate CARROTS with healthy eyes.  That is because carrots are full of carotene – the precursor to vitamin A. 

Vitamin A is essential for proper eye function.  Many people take beta carotene and think they are getting vitamin A – they are only if their body is properly converting it.  Problems that would impede this conversion are liver problems, dysbiosis (parasitic and fungal), and hypothyroidism – all very common.

Many people also associate ZINC with healthy eyes, particularly for prevention of macular degeneration.  Zinc is a very important antioxidant that is lost when we consume too much caffeine, sugar or white flour.  Zinc also needs good digestion to be absorbed.  Antacids and products that reduce stomach acid inhibit the body’s ability to absorb zinc.
LUTEIN and ZEAXANTHIN are carotenoids that are known to support the eyes.  They are found naturally in the dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, chard and mustard greens.  People who eat plenty of greens are much less likely to develop cataracts than those who do not.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are also effective in reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

BILBERRY is another product that is useful for vision.  Bilberry helps micro-circulation – think about all of the little capillaries that carry blood to your eyes.   Bilberry also has 50 times the antioxidant protection of vitamin E and 10 times that of vitamin C.  Bilberry is useful for all kinds of conditions of the eye including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma – and it is also useful for varicose veins.
Last, but by no means least, is EYEBRIGHT – a great herb that strengthens all of the eye’s tissues.  My favorite eye formula contains this herb.  Eyebright can also be used as an eyewash.

As with all nutritional supplements – QUALITY is key if you want to “see” a difference,

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