After the last article, in which I provided a broad explanation of the best supplements for healthy and comfortable eyes, I got a lot of questions, most of which revolved around macular degeneration.
This came as no surprise, as macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness, affecting more than ten million Americans, more than both cataracts and glaucoma combined.
Macular degeneration is generally an age related disease, affecting people after 60 years of age. Macular degeneration is considered to be incurable, although as you will see there is a lot that we can do through diet, lifestyle, and natural supplements to help prevent it from occurring, as well as slow its progression once we suffer from it.
Considering that macular degeneration is a disease that arises from damage to the eye and the macular, our goal should be to limit the damaging influences while enhancing ways of protecting the eye.
Risk factors that lead to damage-causing macular degeneration include smoking, unhealthy diets that are low in antioxidants, excessive exposure to UV light, and high blood pressure.
For prevention and treatment of the disease, it will serve you well to consume a diet that is high in carotenoids, in which orange and yellow vegetables are rich. Fresh fruit will help provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while a special focus (pun intended) on blueberries and cherries provides the family of antioxidants known as anthocyanins which are free radical super fighters.
Then, of course, there are natural supplements, and as you might guess according to the risk factors, the best supplements to prevent or treat macular degeneration revolve around antioxidant protection and reduction of pressure.
Let’s begin with fish oil. Everyone can use fish oil, as it reduces systemic inflammation, is cardio protective, can support eye comfort and has shown to help reduce intraocular pressure.
Whether you are preventing or treating, I think everyone should consider supplementing with lutein and zeaxanthin, as they are the two primary protective antioxidants that make up the macular. Any quality multivitamin, such as in the Pure Encapsulations line, should provide a healthy amount of these two nutrients for preventative maintenance.
If you are dealing with macular degeneration I would consider a product like Pure’s Macular Support Formula, which provides you with a recommendation of 10 mg and 2 mg ratio of Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
I would also encourage you to ramp up your antioxidant defenses with bilberry, which also improves blood flow and helps with night vision and visual fatigue, and carotenoids such as astaxanthin, a potent free radical scavenger for additional eye protection.
Lastly, a couple of ingredients that most eye supplements do not contain are N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and glutathione. Glutathione is one of the natural antioxidants found in retinal tissue and its precursor, N-acetyl cysteine, has been shown to protect against oxidative damage the lens.
All of these ingredients, along with a few more, are included in Pure’s potent antioxidant eye vitamin Macular Support Formula, which along with the whole Pure Vision line is 25% off regular prices for the month of October.