Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
People with night blindness experience poor vision in dimly lit environments such as difficulty seeing or driving in darkness.
– Molybdenum: The signs of a molybdenum deficiency may include a night blindness, sensitivity to sulfites, rapid resting heart rate and signs associated with poor iron absorption. People who are deficient in molybdenum-containing enzymes due to genetic mutations have low sulfite oxidase activity which makes them unable to process sulphur-containing amino acids leading to a severe brain damage. Symptoms of deficiency include also problems with uric acid production. Also certain genetic abnormalities may lead to the deficiency of this mineral. Sulphur supplements such as MSM depletes molybdenum as it is required to metabolise sulphur.
I personally know one person who for many years suffered from various symptoms (typical for molybdenum deficiency, including night blindness) without knowing what was the true cause. However, after many years of trying different multivitamins and supplements she finally found the remedy. All symptoms (including night blindness) disappeared after she accidentally started taking a multivitamin-mineral formula which contained also 50 mcg of Molybdenum per tablet. Before she was taking best possible multivitamins and other supplements and never managed to reduce the symptoms because they didn’t contain Molybdenum. When she was trying to figure out why this multivitamin was so effective and compared the content she found out that it was the first supplement with Molybdenum she used. After reading about molybdenum she also found she had all the typical signs of its deficiency.
According to Mayo Clinic: “The only documented case of acquired molybdenum deficiency occurred in a patient with Crohn’s disease on long-term total parenteral nutrition (TPN) without molybdenum added to the TPN solution. The patient developed rapid heart and respiratory rates, headaches, and night blindness, and ultimately became comatose. The patient was diagnosed with defects in uric acid production and sulfur amino acid metabolism. The patient’s clinical condition improved and the amino acid intolerance disappeared when the TPN solution was discontinued and instead supplemented with molybdenum in the form of ammonium molybdate (160 μg/day) (>).”
– Cayenne Pepper: The following is a passage taken from the Complete Handbook of Cayenne Home Remedies by Dr. Patrick Quillin, Director of the Rational Healing Institute with a doctorate degree in nutrition: “Scientific evidence also indicates that cayenne pepper can be effective in treating allergies, indigestion, abscesses, tonsillitis, kidney problems, sore muscles, nose bleeds, bursitis, psoriasis, shingles, night blindness and much more!”
– Vitamin A: It is rare in the developed countries to have a serious vitamin A deficiency of which symptoms usually include dry eyes, night blindness, skin problems, birth defects, dry lips, thick or scaly skin, impaired immunity, diarrhoea, etc. Also Beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) found in greens, carrots and other plant foods help protect the eyes from infections and prevent dry eyes and night blindness.
– Vitamin D3 (5000 IU per day) may be very beneficial. To make sure vitamin D3 is converted in the body to its final (absorbable) form you need to take magnesium supplements. Cod liver oil contains not only natural Vitamin A, but also natural Vitamin D.
– Every day and night take alternative short hot and cold shower on closed eyes and entire body. Always start from hot and when you feel warm enough gradually switch to a very cold short shower. You can do three short alterations (about one minute hot and about 30 seconds cold). It will promote blood circulation in your eyes and entire body, improving oxygenation, nutrient supply and detoxification of your eyes. Find out more about HYDROTHERAPY >
– According to the renowned naturopath Barbara O’Neil a drop of Castor oil applied to the eye before sleep helps recover from cataracts and other eye problems.
All other nutritional and lifestyle recommendations that will help recover from night blindness are included in the article How to Prevent and Treat the Most Common Eye Problems >
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