Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and
worldwide. Because they develop gradually, and because most of us tend to
associate some vision disturbances with "normal" aging, most cases go
undetected until it is too late to stop the damage. This is a shame because
when cataracts are caught in their early stages, it is possible to halt or
even reverse their progression. If your eyes are healthy, you can also take
steps that may help prevent cataracts altogether.
Cataracts are cloudy or opaque spots that develop on the usually
translucent lens of the eye. When these spots first appear, you may not
notice any difference in your vision.
Over a period of years, however, the cataract spreads across the lens. You
may notice that it's harder to make out details or that colors look
different. Night driving becomes more challenging. If you've been
farsighted for most of your life, a cataract may actually improve your
vision for a short while. As the cataract continues to grow, it will become
more difficult to see medium-sized and larger objects. In the worst-case
scenario, cataracts can leave a person completely blind. In fact, 40,000
Americans go blind every year as a result of cataracts.
Most cases fall under the category that doctors call "senile cataracts."
These are lens spots that commonly accompany old age, although they are by
no means an inevitable part of growing older. We now know that senile
cataracts are caused by damage from free radicals, the unbalanced,
destructive molecules that destroy cells in the body. While the production
of free radicals does naturally increase somewhat with aging, most of these
dangerous agents are caused by lifestyle choices. Excess sun exposure, poor
diet, and smoking are all primary causes of free radicals. Changing these
habits can prevent and sometimes stop cataracts, as can taking steps to
supply your body with antioxidants, the substances that fight free
In some instances, cataracts are inherited or caused by a preexisting
disorder. Cataracts that begin in youth or middle age are extremely rare
and are usually related to an inherited condition. In addition, people with
diabetes and Down's syndrome have a higher risk of developing cataracts
than the rest of the population does.
The poor digestive function can be at the root of cataracts. Low stomach
acid can lead to malabsorption of nutrients from foods and can create more
free radicals. In addition, toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, and
others accelerate free radical damage of the lens. Elevated blood sugar
levels, as is seen with diabetes, is a major risk factor for developing
If at any stage of your life you experience vision changes, it's important
to consult a doctor or an optometrist as soon as possible. For any eye
disorders, an early diagnosis can mean effective treatment. Nutritional
therapy is important in the prevention and the treatment of cataracts.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
Prescription for Natural Cures
James F. Balch
Super Prescription #1
Multivitamin – High Potency
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This provides a base of nutrients that will neutralize free
Super Prescription # 2
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Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants that protect the
eye lens. Take 1,000 mg two to three times daily.
Super Prescription #3 Gentian root (Gentiana lutea) or
Gentian root and other bitter herbs improve stomach acid
and overall digestive function. Take 250 mg or 0.5 to 1.0 m
with meals. Betaine HCL increases stomach acid levels for
improved absorption. Take 1 to 2 capsules with meals.
Super Prescription #4
Bilberry (Vaccimium myrtillus)
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Take 160 mg two to three times daily of a 25 percent
anthocyanosides extract. Phytochemicals in bilberry protect
the lens from free radical damage.
Super Prescription #5
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Take 50 mg of a B Complex daily. Vitamins B2 and B3 have
been shown to have a protective effect against cataracts.
Super Prescription # 6
- LifeSource Product This potent
antioxidant protects against free radical damage. Take 400
IU of a vitamin E complex with tocotrienols and
Super Prescription #7
Vitamin A – Beta Carotene
Take 25,000 IU one to two times daily. It provides lutein,
zeaxanthin, beta carotene, and other carotenoids that
protect the lens. Must be Beta Carotene.
Symptoms are painless and usually progress in the following order:
Blurring of details
Temporary improvement of farsightedness
Changes in color perception
Difficulty driving at night
The blurring of larger objects
Darkening of vision
Exposure to ultraviolet or infrared light
Poor diet, especially one low in antioxidants
Heavy metal poisoning
Injury to the eye
Long-term use of steroids
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A diet to prevent or reverse cataracts can require some dedication at
first. Once you've established healthful eating habits, however, you'll not
only improve your eye health, you'll reduce your risk of developing almost
every other disease we commonly associate with aging.
Build your diet around deeply colored fruits and vegetables, which are the
best-known sources of antioxidants, the substances that fight free radical
damage. Of the antioxidants, the carotenoids are most important for eye
problems. Good sources of carotenoids are dark-green leafy vegetables, bell
peppers, yellow squash, carrots, tomatoes, celery, oranges, red grapes,
mangoes, and melons.
Consume spinach and kale, as these foods are high in the carotenoids lutein
and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids have been reported to lower the risk of
Egg yolks are also rich in carotenoids.
Vitamin C and bioflavonoids work in combination to fight free radical
damage. In addition, they improve the tissues and the capillaries of the
eye. Good sources of bioflavonoids include berries, cherries, tomatoes, and
plums; for vitamin C, eat plenty of citrus fruits.
Foods to Avoid
Banish from your diet all fried foods, as well as those that contain
saturated, hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated fats or oils. Refined
and processed foods, including white flour, are also out of the question.
All of these foods are high in free radicals, the atoms that destroy your
body's cells-and your eyesight.
Alcohol puts a heavy burden on the liver and impairs its ability to
detoxify your blood, so avoid it.
Some eye doctors have noted a link between cataracts and an inability to
digest milk sugars properly. While no one has proven a connection between
dairy and eye disorders, it seems prudent for people with cataracts to
eliminate milk products from their diet.
As we age, our organs of detoxification lose some of their potency. Support
your body's ability to purge itself of free radicals by undertaking a
three-day juice fast once a month.
Heavy metal poisoning may cause or contribute to cataracts by preventing
antioxidants from doing their job. Consider getting a hair or urine
analysis to find out if you have metal poisoning; if you do, be sure to
fast regularly, and be sure to look into chelation therapy.
Smoking is a leading cause of free radical damage and a factor in
almost every disease we associate with "natural" aging. If you smoke,
stop. And if you don't smoke, you still need to make a conscious effort
to avoid secondhand smoke.
Wear sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Try to
avoid excursions that take place in the glare of the full sun.
Consider the use of intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy. This
provides a more aggressive treatment for cataracts.
For many people with cataracts, surgery is a real option. If the
cataract is caught early enough, a doctor can remove the entire lens
and replace it with a plastic one. The operation is not painful, and it
has a high rate of success. As always, it's best to try to avoid
invasive procedures by employing complementary healing strategies, but
if you experience a significant loss of vision, surgery may be the only
way to restore sight. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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