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Cataracts


About
A clouding or darkening of the lens of the eye. A cataract, when untreated, permanently blurs vision. Cataracts occur naturally in the elderly, but exposure to too many ultraviolet rays can cause them in anyone. It is important to wear sunglasses that provide UV protection in bright sunlight.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Normally cataracts are treated with surgery.
  • Studies have shown that if you take vitamin C and have a diet rich in antioxidants you are less likely to have cataracts.


Advice
  • Consume steam-distilled water. Stay away from any water that has been contaminated with fluoride or chlorine. Well water should be avoided.
  • Do not use antihistamines.
  • Eat more leafy green vegetables (like collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens), legumes, yellow vegetables, berries (blueberries, blackberries, and cherries), and other raw fruits and vegetables. Eat a lot of foods that provide vitamins E and C.
  • Stay away from saturated fats, other fats and oils, and dairy products. Cold-pressed vegetable oils are recommended.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight. Take the necessary measures to protect your eyes - sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, etc.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Copper
Importance: N/A
Comments: Slows growth of cataracts. Promotes healing.


Manganese
Importance: N/A
Comments: Slows growth of cataracts. Promotes healing.


Grape seed
Importance: N/A
Comments: Potent antioxidant.


Glutathione
Importance: N/A
Comments: Powerful antioxidant. Prevents damage from toxins. Keeps lens healthy. Retards the growth of cataracts.


L-lysine
Importance: N/A
Comments: Promotes collagen growth. Helps with lens reconstruction. Eliminates viruses. Caution: Only use lysine for 6 months at a time.


Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Importance: N/A
Comments: Reduces stress.


Selenium
Importance: N/A
Comments: Removes free radicals. Enhances vitamin E.


Vitamin A
Importance: N/A
Comments: Promotes healthy vision.


Beta carotene
Importance: N/A
Comments: Forerunners of Vitamin A.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: N/A
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other.


Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Importance: N/A
Comments: Promotes healthy eye cells.


Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Importance: N/A
Comments: Lack of riboflavin can contribute to cataracts.


Vitamin C
Importance: N/A
Comments: Kills free radicals. Decreases pressure on the eyes.


Vitamin E
Importance: N/A
Comments: Kills free radicals. May help cancel out formation of cataracts.


Zinc
Importance: N/A
Comments: Prevents damage from light. Zinc gluconate and OptiZinc are recommended forms.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Bilberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bilberry Contains a group of anthocyanosides that poses the ability to bind to the part of the retina responsible for vision. Also helps with night blindness.

Ginkgo biloba
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains Ginkgo flavone glycosides, flavonoids with antioxidant properties that are beneficial in capturing free radicals at the retinal level improving microcapillary circulation.