CATARACT

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Cataract is defined as a clouding of the eye’s lens. It is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40.

CAUSES

Deficiency of naturally produced in the body enzyme lactase required for proper digestion of lactose (sugar found in milk and dairy) makes impossible to digest galactose from lactose found in dairy. As a result a galacticol is created and accumulates in the eye leading to cataract.

In addition, also deficiency of antioxidants and overproduction of free radicals, smoking, ageing, bad refined diet, high sugar consumption, alcohol, caffeine, nutritional deficiencies (lack of vitamins and minerals), heavy metals, diabetes, harmful radiation (such as X-rays), etc. contribute to the development of cataract.

– Diets of people with cataracts are known to be high in sugar and dairy.

CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

Cataract surgery is a very common procedure. An ophthalmologist performs the surgery in less than an hour by replacing the abnormal lens with a permanent implant (intraocular lens), and patients are usually able to go back home the same day. About 90% of patients regain vision after surgery and full recovery takes around two weeks.

NATURAL TREATMENT

Implement principles from the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >

Avoid dairy but if can’t whenever you consume any product with milk or any dairy product you must take supplements containing LACTASE ENZYME.

– Check your blood glucose levels and if it is high or if you are already diagnosed with diabetes learn how to recover from this condition >

SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBAL REMEDIES

I personally know a man who told me he recovered from cataract without surgery as a result of using BRIGHT EYES DROPS FOR CATARACT: http://www.ethosheaven.com/bright-eyes-cataract-drops.html

– According to Barbara O’Neil a drop of Castor oil applied to the eye just before sleeping helps recover from cataracts (videos >)

Zinc citrate: 50mg a day after breakfast.

GLUTATHIONE can reverse cataract. Find out how to boost glutathione >

– Alpha lipoic acid has proven its ability to prevent oxidative stress caused by radicals and other factors in nerve tissue. It helps to maintain high glutathione levels which are found to be depleted in individuals diagnosed with cataract. Current research also reveals protective effects of alpha lipoic acid in neuropathy, excitotoxic amino acid brain injury, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other causes of damage to neural or brain tissue.

– Lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to protect against glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. In 1992, a study at Harvard Medical School in Boston surveyed almost 60,000 nurses and discovered those who ate spinach five or more times per week, as well as those who took vitamin C supplements for 10 years or more, reduced their risk of cataract surgery by almost 50 percent.  Although other carotenoids in spinach could have been responsible for that effect, this study suggests the benefits of dietary lutein and zeaxanthin (Dagnelie et al, 2000; Hankinson et al, 1992; Seddon et al, 1994).

Vitamin B12: 2,000 mcg a day under the tongue (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin!). Many people with glaucoma have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >

– Take good quality probiotic formulas such as ImmuProbio or UltraProbio.

L-cysteine and NAC are effective in treating cataracts.

– L-carnitine may be beneficial in age-related ocular pathologies. >

– Ginkgo biloba appears to improve preexisting visual field damage in some patients with normal tension glaucoma (NTG). >

Ginkgo biloba improves ocular blood flow, indicating its potential therapeutic benefits in the treatment of glaucoma. >

– Since Vitamin D deficiency contributes to glaucoma > you need to take 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day after breakfast for the first 2 months plus 2 times 400 mg of Magnesium citrate such as high in elemental magnesium MagCitra (HealthAid) between meals in the morning and evening. After 2 months reduce the dosages by half. Magnesium is necessary as as deficiency of this most important mineral is rampant now and vitamin D supplements require magnesium for its conversion in our body and therefore also contribute to magnesium deficiency. Besides, eyes affected by glaucoma often contain lower levels of magnesium than eyes without glaucoma. >

– Magnesium supplements have been shown to lower intraocular eye pressure (IOP) in the same way that drugs such as ‘channel blockers’ do as it blocks the uptake of calcium which relaxes the arteries. In a clinical study, 10 glaucoma patients were given 121.5 mg magnesium twice a day for a month. After a month the blood supply to the eye and their field of vision improved. 

Copper – 1-3 mg per day

Manganese – 5-10 mg per day

Selenium – 200-400 mcg per day

B-complex (50-100mg per dose) or good multivitamin high in B vitamins – 1 after breakfast.

Vitamin E – 400 IU per day. It was shown that in some cases of cataract vitamin E was able to halt the progress or even reverse damage.

– Avoid antihistamines.

– Scientists from Massachusetts have developed an eye drop formula containing pantethine a form of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), that are able to reduce the necessity of surgery in patients with cataract.

Vitamin A and Beta-carotene help protect the eyes from infections and prevent dry eyes and night blindness.

Zinc contributes to the normal immune system function and absorption of Vitamin A. It also assists various antioxidants in reducing oxidative damage in the eyes.

Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA & EPA) have shown to be beneficial for individuals with dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration. It may also help proper drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye, decreasing the risk of increased eye pressure.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally found in plants antioxidant that help block harmful radiation from reaching the underlying structures in the retina, thereby reducing the risk of light-induced oxidative damage.

Bilberry contains anthocyanins which are known to help improve blood circulation in the eye by strengthening capillaries that carry nutrients to the eyes and protect them from eye-strain and fatigue.

Grape Seed is a source of two powerful antioxidants proanthocyanidins and oligomeric proanthocyanidins that are known to reduce the risk of various degenerative eye problems.

Vitamin D may have a protective role in the development of dry eye and its deficiency appears to be linked with higher risk of blindness and age-related eye degeneration as well as with autoimmune conditions that affect eyes.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that contributes to the protection of the eye cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Bioflavonoids protect blood vessels, including delicate capillaries in the retina and help improve blood circulation in the eye.

– Place a warm wet compress with eyebright tea on your eyes 2 or 3 times a day for at least 5 minutes or longer. It will impose a relaxing effect on the eyes and promotes a healthier tear flow. Instead of water you can use herbal teas such as calendula, eyebright, chamomile, etc. In addition use eyebright also internally.

Herbal eyebright formula >

NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

–  Eat Black Currants every day.

– Drink more distilled or at least filtered soft (low in calcium) water >

– Often eat raw spinach as it is a great source of antioxidant lutein.

– Quit smoking and stay away from alcohol, sugar, salt, caffeine, black tea, and caffeinated products as it can also reduce your dry eye symptoms, as caffeine is known to dehydrate.

– Take Chlorella every day at least before breakfast. Since Chlorella is a powerful detoxifier and energy booster it is better if you start with a smaller dose such as 1 teaspoon or 3 tablets 30 minutes before breakfast and the same amount 30 minutes before lunch with 2 glasses of water, vegetable juice or smoothie. Then gradually increase the intake every day (by approximately 1 tablet) until reaching the maximum dose of 2 heaped tablespoons or 10 – 20 tablets (500mg) 30 min before breakfast and the same amount 30 min before lunch. Altogether you can take 2-6 round tablespoons or about 20-40 tablets (500mg per tablet) of chlorella a day. The dose of course also depends on age and body weight.  If you don’t like the taste of Chlorella powder take tablets. Since Chlorella is a form of highly nutritious food it is advisable and more beneficial to chew or at least break the tablets in mouth before swallowing them as it will make easier for the digestive system to process it later. While taking chlorella remember to increase your water intake to 3 times a day 2-3 glasses between meals. If you experience sleeping problems due to the fact that chlorella boosts energy I would suggest to take it only before breakfast. Keep in mind that there are many sources and types of Chlorella available so make sure you buy good quality product such as chlorella offered by Pukka.

– Everyday take excellent Clean greens powder (Pukka).

Dark leafy greens help to support eye health. And that those with the highest consumption of carotenoid-rich vegetables, especially ones rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, had increased vision health.

Vitamin A and carotenoids found in vegetables and fruits can prevent cataract but it was discovered that not carrot but spinach can do the trick. Scientists believe that it is so because apart from beta-carotene spinach is high in other carotenoids that are not found in carrots.

– Consume organic fruits on empty stomach. It will alkalise your body for more optimal health and hydration.

– Position your computer screen below eye level.

– Every day eat fresh raw (not cooked) sprouts (alfalfa sprouts, watercress sprouts, sunflower sprouts, etc.).
The process of seed germination results in a dramatic increase in their vitamin, mineral and phytochemical content. According to Dr. J. Mercola, „Sprouts can contain up to 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables! Sprouted seed, nut or bean has a whopping 43 times the enzyme power when compared to the non-sprouted variety! Sprouts are the highest source of ENZYMES which improve digestion of food and absorption of essential nutrients.”
Sprouts are also bioactive food as they are the only plant based food that is still growing as we consume them! Purchasing very inexpensive sprouts at retail stores is the simplest method for adding sprouts to your menu, but growing them at home on a large tray with soil is much better. Using good quality soil to grow your own sprouts, you make them organic and free from pesticides and other unwanted chemicals. I make my own sunflower sprouts as they are most delicious and very potent. Try to avoid consuming the same type of sprouts every day for a longer period of time. Instead use variety of different sprouts but the most important seem to be fresh sunflower sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and watercress sprouts. On YouTube you will find numerous videos explaining how to make your own sprouts at home.

– Drink 1 or 2 glasses of fresh raw and possibly cold-pressed (using slow juicer) vegetable juices (carrots, beets, broccoli, kale or spinach, etc.)  2 to 3 times a day before meals or instead. It is even better to have them with chlorella or spirulina, alfalfa, turmeric and barley grass. If you want to maintain your health drink 2 to 3 times 1 glass.

– Every day have at least two tablespoons of soaked overnight in water (or plant milk) chia seed with meal as it regulates blood glucose, increases energy, helps to reduce appetite and lose weight, and increases energy. Chia seed is also one of the highest plant sources of the very beneficial and anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.

– Avoid dairy and meat products. If you only reduce consumption of animal foods, bad fats, sugar, and refined foods you may not see positive results quickly and get discouraged as a result. Go to RECIPES > in order to learn how to substitute animal foods.

– Eliminate the following from your diet: Animal fats, margarines (high in dangerous trans-fats), and bad oils (sunflower oil, soya oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, etc.) as they are high in pro-inflammatory polyunsaturated fatty acid. For cooking use only raw organic coconut oil. For salad dressing you may use cold pressed flax oil (but not for cooking).

 

HEALING RECIPES >

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