The two most common age-related vision problems are cataracts and macular degeneration, both of which are prevalent in people over fifty. A cataract is a cloudy or opaque covering that grows over the lens of the eye and can cause partial or total blindness. In some cases, the cataract must be surgically removed to restore vision.
Macular degeneration is caused by the destruction of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision the kind of vision required for activities such as reading and sewing. It is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Although there are no cures for either of these problems, the right food and supplements can help prevent them or at least slow down the damage inflicted by these diseases.
Following the Age Loss Program’s food plan, which emphasizes vegetables and fruits, will help prevent vision problems. In one recent study published in the journal of the American Medical Association; researchers examined the intake of carotenoids (like beta-carotene and lycopene) and vitamins A, C, · and E in 365 people with age-related macular degeneration and 520 people without vision problems. They found that the people least likely to develop macular degeneration were those who had the highest intake of green leafy vegetables, particularly spinach and collard-greens. In addition to eating your vegetables, the doctor recommends the following· three additional supplements that will help preserve vision.’
Bilberry contains potent antioxidants, including anthocyanosides, that protect the tissues of the eye end improve the flow of blood to the eye. In one study conducted on fifty patients with cataracts, bilberry supplements actually stopped the progression of cataracts in 97 percent of the cases. Bilberry capsules are available in health food stores and pharmacies. Look for standardized products with 25 percent anthocyanosides and take 80 milligrams twice a day for your vision problems
Taurine is an amino acid that is concentrated in the retina. As we age, our ability to manufacture taurine declines. To fill this gap, I recommend taking 500 milligrams of taurine daily.
As part of the Age Loss ODAs, you are already taking 2,500 milligrams of vitamin C daily. If you are developing cataracts or macular degeneration, I recommend that you increase your intake of vitamin C by 500 milligrams, a total of 3,000 milligrams daily. Vitamin C will help protect against ultraviolet-light damage from the sun and to improve your vision problems which is a major cause of cataracts.
Although Step 10 is for people with special medical needs, I want to stress that this is but one step toward achieved wellness. There are nine other steps in this book that will also do you a world of good to improve vision problems. Making positive changes in your lifestyle, as outlined in this book, is essential for restoring health, vigor, and vitality. That is what shed ten years in ten weeks is all about.