Visitors Now:
Total Visits:
Total Stories:
Profile image
By Freedom Bunker
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

Mailbag! How to Beat Cataracts Naturally

Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:23
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

You’ve got questions…

We’ve got answers!

Today, we are going to answer an interesting reader question about how to keep your eyes healthy.

Let’s get started…

Hey Natalie,

I just turned 75 this month and I’m starting to see my age — literally. I’ve noticed my vision is getting blurry and it’s getting harder to focus on things like fine print. I did some research and think it might be from cataracts. Do you know if there are any supplements that might help with this?

Thanks,

Bill K.

Thanks for the great question, Bill.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. The crystalline lens in your eye helps to collect and focus light on the retina. To perform this important function, the lens must remain clear. Oxidation and the clumping of certain proteins in the lens are major causes of clouding and cataracts.

While cataracts can develop at any age, they are more common in older folks and sometimes require surgery to correct.

Fortunately, there are a few natural alternatives that can help you win the battle against cataracts — lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin E.

These powerful antioxidants can help to neutralize free radicals that cause oxidative stress and damage your retinas.

In fact, a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology shows that folks who have a higher dietary or supplemental intake of lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin E have a significantly decreased risk of developing cataracts.

You can get all three of these nutrients by eating dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and eggs.

However, if you’re one of the many folks who don’t get enough of these types of foods every day, supplementing is your best bet. There is no recommended daily dose for lutein and zeaxanthin. The most recent research shows that taking 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily could have health benefits. Check with your healthcare provider to make sure they’re a good fit for you.

Do you have health questions? Write me: nmoore@lfb.org.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: nmoore@lfb.org – and click here to like us on Facebook.


Sources

[1] Lutein & Zeaxanthin

[2] Facts About Cataract

[3] Dietary carotenoids, vitamins C and E, and risk of cataract in women: a prospective study.

The post Mailbag! How to Beat Cataracts Naturally appeared first on Laissez Faire.

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.