November 16, 2018 by: Zoey Sky
News) Regardless of your actual age, your eyes are often the last
thing that stays young. However, this is only possible if you regularly
follow a healthy diet.
and reversing cataracts
cataracts are linked to poorer eyesight and even blindness, they are
believed to be an inevitable part of aging. However, certain modifiable
risk factors and natural interventions may help slow and even reverse this
- Curcumin (turmeric extract) –
There is significant data that confirms the health benefits of curcumin
in the animal model of cataract formation. Study data revealed that
curcumin, a highly therapeutic polyphenol that’s responsible for
turmeric’s bright yellow color, can help prevent the formation of
- Don’t use cholesterol-lowering statin
drugs – For more than 20 years, data from animal research has
determined that statin drugs are linked to cataracts. In the
post-marketing surveillance of statin drug users, findings have shown
that when taken, “either alone or in combination with other drugs which
inhibit their metabolism,” the drugs increase the risk of cataracts in
individuals who take them. An identified mechanism for the
cataractogenic potential of these drugs is the fact that they can gain
systemic distribution in the body, which happens when they pass through
the blood-brain-barrier and enter the eye itself, specifically, the
outer cortical region of the lens where cholesterol synthesis is
critical. This mechanism is responsible for the damage in the lens.
(Related: 8 Eye issues you can’t afford to ignore.)
- Lutein – According to a
two-year double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study, lutein can help
improve visual function in individuals with age-related
cataracts. Sources of lutein include egg yolks, kale, and marigold.
- Wheatgrass – Data from a
2005 study, which was titled “Aging reversibility: from thymus
graft to vegetable extract treatment — application to cure an
age-associated pathology” and published in the journal Biogerontology, wheatgrass
can potentially reverse lens opacity linked to cataracts. Researchers
explained that for the study, the lens opacity of old dogs who received
oral dosages of wheatgrass for one month was measured before and
after the treatment. The results revealed that there was a 25 to 40
percent reduction of lens opacity. The study authors posited that
the wheat sprouts can help in “the recovery of age-related
alterations and in treating age-associated pathologies” because they
contain “regulatory acid peptides, a remarkable level of highly
energetic phosphoric radicals and antioxidant molecules. These compounds
in wheatgrass can potentially help reduce lens opacity.
are dense and cloudy areas that can form in the lens of your eye. A
cataract often develops when proteins in your eye form clumps that prevent
the lens from sending clear images to your retina.
retina works by turning the light that comes through the lens into
signals. The signals are then sent to the optic nerve, which is finally
sent to the brain.
cataract forms slowly and in time, it will interfere with your
vision. You might get cataracts in both eyes, but they rarely form
people often develop cataracts. The National Eye Institute reports
that more than 50 percent of individuals in the U.S. have cataracts or
have undergone cataract surgery the moment they turn 80 years old.
common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision in the affected eye
- Frequently needing changes in
- Halos surrounding lights
- Increased sensitivity to glare
- Trouble seeing at night
underlying causes of cataracts may include:
- Certain diseases (e.g., diabetes)
- The long-term use of steroids and
- Radiation therapy
- Ultraviolet radiation
wait until your eyesight starts to worsen. Follow a healthy diet today to
delay and maybe even reverse your cataracts.
more ways of taking care of your eyes naturally at Healing.news.