Eye Health: Cataracts Prevention and Reversal

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Some causes include aging (which is really a lack of proper nutrition), diabetes (high blood sugar levels), heavy metal poisoning, exposure to radiation, injury to the eye, the use of certain drugs, such as steroids, excess calcium, and a lack of proper nutrition.

The main symptom is a gradual loss of vision. Senile cataract is the most common form, which typically affects people over sixty-five. This type is caused by free radical damage

Proper eye care requires a healthy diet that provides sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Cataracts can be reversed by diet if supplied in time. It is caused by a lack of proper nutrition, mainly Vitamins B-2, B-6, B-12, and Vitamin D. The amino acid L-Glutathione is also important for regenerating normal tissue; excess calcium may also be a contributing factor.

Lecithin and fresh warm goat milk may help cure cataracts if consumed at the onset.

B-2 and B-6 are found in bee pollen. B-12 is abundant in desiccated liver. Vitamin D comes from the sun and Vitamin A has two forms; fat or water soluble. The fat soluble type can be found in fish oil and the water dispersible is beta carotene which is found in carrots .

Cataracts can be reversed, but you must be patient. It can take up to 6 months of treatment before the condition is improved.

There are three stages to go through to correct the condition. The first stage is stopping the growth of the cataracts; stopping the degeneration. In the second stage, the tissue is starting to change and you may feel as if you are not making any progress. But treatment must continue until stage three where regeneration happens. It will take as long as two months for degeneration to stop and before regeneration can begin.

Following is a list of supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are helpful in preventing and correcting cataracts:

Desiccated Liver is a good source of many important vitamins and minerals. Use only liver derived from organically raised beef.

B-complex, all B vitamins work best when taken together. Overconsumption of sugar and alcohol destroys B vitamins, which means that diabetics and alcoholics needs more B vitamins than most people. B vitamins are not stored in the body and must be replaced daily.

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), 50mg daily, is important for intracellular eye metabolism. RDA 1mg; therapeutic doses up to 100mg. This is an anti-aging nutrient among other beneficial effects. Natural sources are brewer’s yeast, blackstrap molasses, brown rice, organ meats, eggs, and nuts. Raw asparagus and avocado juice. Heat from cooking destroys this vitamin. It is also destroyed by caffeine, alcohol, food processing, estrogen, sulfa drugs, air, and water. B-1 is more effective when taken with B-complex, B-2, folic acid, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin C, manganese, and sulfur.

Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), 50mg daily, deficiency has been linked to cataracts. Natural sources can be found in brewer’s  yeast, wheat germ, blackstrap molasses, rice polishings, organ meats, eggs and nuts; along with raw juices of beet greens, kale, and spinach. B-2 is more effective when taken with B-complex, B-6 (should be same dose as B-2), B-3, and Vitamin C. RDA 1.6 mg for men and 1.3 mg for women.

Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid), 500mg daily, is an anti-stress vitamin that helps to prevent premature aging. RDA from 50mg to 5,000mg. The best sources are bee pollen and royal jelly. 1-500mg capsule of bee pollen contains 50mg of pantothenic acid. 1-100mg capsule of royal jelly has the equivalent of 1500mg of manufactured pantothenic acid and is readily absorbable and non-allergenic. More effective when taken with B-complex, B-6, B-12, biotin, folic acid, vitamin C, sulfur. Pantothenic acid displaces sulfur, so it is recommended to take it with sulfur containing amino acids methionine, cysteine, and taurine to balance.

Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), up to 1,000mg therapeutic dose, helps in the absorption of B-12. B-6 is destroyed by cooking and food processing. Some food sources are brewer’s yeast, wheat bran and germ, liver, blackstrap molasses, milk, eggs, beef, leafy green vegetables, carrots, and peanuts. It’s more effective when taken with B-complex, B-1,B-2 (balanced with B-6), B-5 (balanced with B-6), vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, linoleic acid, and sodium.

Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin, Hydroxycobalamin) is the only vitamin that contains essential mineral elements. Prevents eye problems such as cataracts and others. Natural sources are milk, eggs, liver (especially desiccated liver), fortified brewer’s yeast, peanuts, bananas, sunflower seeds, comfrey leaves, kelp, concord grapes, raw wheat germ, and bee pollen. B-12 is more effective when taken with B-complex, B-6, Vitamin C, Choline, Folic Acid, Inositol, Potassium, Sodium, Calcium. A sublingual lozenge or timed-release pill that bypasses the stomach is best. RDA is 3 micrograms for adults.

Vitamin B-17 Laetrile (Nitrilosides, Amygdalin) is helpful in reducing cataracts but is only legal in a few states because there is a cyanide molecule bound up with it. The cyanide that is bound up is only released in the presence of cancer cells making this an anti-cancer nutrient used in controlling cancer and preventative therapy. Found in the kernels of apricot, cherry, peach, and plum. Also found in apple seeds, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, lima beans, mung beans, flax seed, millet, and buckwheat, kasha and caszava beans. It is more effective when taken with Vitamin A, B-complex, Vitamin B-15, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. It is recommended to eat 5 to 30 apricot kernels throughout the day.

Vitamin A emulsion form is recommended for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. 25,000 IU daily, if pregnant do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. RDA 5,000 IU for adults. Vital for normal visual function. Cold weather and vitamin C will use up vitamin A. Some food sources are colored fruits and vegetables, carrots, leafy greens, liver, eggs, milk, and fish liver oil. Vitamin A can also be found in raw juices such as carrots, kale, parsley, spinach, sweet potato, turnip greens, and watermelon. It is more effective when taken with B-complex, vitamins C, D (1 part D to 10 parts A), E, and F, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. Vitamin A is diminished by mineral oil and lack of vitamin D.

Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, 3,000mg 4 times daily, is a necessary free radical destroyer that also lowers intraocular pressure. Calcium Ascorb pill or “C” Ascorb powdered crystals natural, not synthetic, are best. Some food sources are citrus fruits, rose hips, tomatoes, and green pepper. Raw juice sources include cabbage, parsley, green peppers, green peas, tomato, cantaloupe, green mint, lemons, strawberries, and watermelon.

Vitamin D , RDA 400 IU, helps with eye problems and is obtained from 20 minutes of sun exposure or anything that grows in sunlight, and fish liver oil. It’s most effective when taken with vitamin A (10 parts A to 1 part D), choline, vitamins C and F, calcium, and phosphorus.

Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol form), 200 IU daily, is an important free radical destroyer that has been shown to stop and reverse cataract formation in some cases. RDA is 15 IU for men and 12 IU for women. Some food sources are wheat germ, vegetable oil, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, spinach, and eggs. Raw juice sources are spinach, watercress, celery, and parsley. Most effective when taken with vitamin A, B-complex, B-1, inositol, C, F, manganese, and selenium.

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body. A lack of it can cause cataracts along with many other things. Phosphorus is destroyed by excess sugar in the blood stream causing dental decay, bone degeneration and affecting the vision in the left eye. Natural sources are rice bran, wheat bran, pumpkin and squash seeds, wheat germ, rice polishings, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, and safflower seeds. Phosphorus is more effective when taken with Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin F, Calcium (1 part Phosphorus to 2.5 parts Calcium), Iron, Manganese, and Protein. RDA is 800mg for adults.

L-Glutathione is an amino acid that helps to regenerate the normal tissue so that the cloudy effect of cataracts will disappear. 500mg daily on an empty stomach.

Copper, 3mg daily, and manganese, 10mg daily taken separately from calcium. These minerals are important for proper healing and for retarding the growth of cataracts. Food sources for copper include leek, garlic, artichoke, parsley, and beet root. Food sources for manganese include wheat germ, nuts, beans, and sunflower seeds.

Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant.

Selenium 200mcg daily (if pregnant, do not exceed 40mcg daily) is an important free radical destroyer that works synergistically with Vitamin E. Food sources are onions, milk, eggs, kelp, organically grown foods, brewer’s yeast.

Zinc, 50mg daily (don’t exceed total of 100mg daily from all supplement), protects against light-induced damage. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption. Food sources are lean beef, beef liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, tuna.

Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis) contains Vitamin A, B-complex, C, D, and E. It also contains sulfur, potassium, iron, silicon, a trace of iodine, copper, and zinc. Eyebright strengthens all of the eye’s tissues and helps clear vision. When used externally as an eyewash with powered yucca root, it has helped reverse cataract formation when exposed to sufficient sunlight.

Bilberry extract, taken orally, supplies bioflavonoids that aid in removing toxic chemicals from the retina of the eye.

Ginkgo biloba improves microcapillary circulation. Caution: don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.

You should eliminate white flour and sugar from your diet and make sure to include plenty of brightly colored fruit and vegetables; such as leafy greens, yellow vegetables, dark berries, and other raw fruits and vegetables.

A low-glycemic-load diet can reduce the risk of cataracts by 77%, which includes fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and proteins (meat and vegetable sources).

Avoid fats that have been subjected to heat in any form; these foods promote free radical formation which can damage the lens. Use cold-pressed vegetable oils only.

Steam-distilled water is best. You can click here to read more about that.

Your body, eyes, and health need sunlight approximately 20 minutes a day. But too much can cause problems, so be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your skin and eyes if you are going to be exposed for a prolonged period of time. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation (sun) can cause cataracts, so be sure to wear sunglasses that block UV rays if you will be exposed for extended periods of time.

Summary:

Top 3 Vitamins to prevent and reverse cataracts

1) Vitamin A – in the form of carrots

2) Vitamin B – in the form of bee pollen and desiccated liver

3) Vitamin D – in the form of 20 minutes of sunshine

Bonus) Eyebright – is an excellent herb for eye health containing all of the above mentioned vitamins

It mainly boils down to proper nutrition. By eating a wide variety of organically grown food,  you are giving your body the nutrients it needs in the most bio-available form that your body can use. When you give your body the nutrition it requires you will prevent not only cataracts but an array of other “dis-eases”, ailments, and symptoms.

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