Please live a healthy
is an imperfect science.
Hunter 'Patch' Adams
Modern medicine or Nature's Way?
For 25 years I relied on doctors for my health, because modern medicine
likes us to believe that we are born with a deficiency of drugs
and an excess of body parts. Since then I've learned that
we mostly just tend to overdose on unnatural foods & drinks,
and all we really lack is a thorough understanding of the laws of
nature. For instance, some people who have dry eyes are simply
dehydrated and/or don't blink enough, and the dry eyes are really
not due to an eye-drop deficiency.
I believe the ideal method of taking the necessary nutrients in
the quantities required is of course Nature's way, i.e. to eat fresh
natural foods which have not been artificially interfered with or
processed. For the best nutritional value, your diet should
include lots of whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic foods, preferably
mineral rich soils. Rather than spending time and money
on supplements, spend a little time studying which nutrients are
in which foods, or what the body requires to make its own supply.
Eating fresh organic, if possible home-grown, foods is most beneficial
to your health.
Best food for your eyes:
Most people instantly think of carrots when asked to name a food
that's good for their eyes. You may be surprised that the
number one food for the eyes is actually kale. The following
is a list of foods that promote eye-health.
Dark green leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, fresh parsley,
collard greens, mustard greens.
this article about eating leafy
greens to see clearly.
Yellow/orange vegetables: carrots, corn, pumpkin.
Other vegetables: broccoli, green peas, brussels sprouts.
Yellow/orange fruits as well as most berries, especially
gojiberries, bilberries and blueberries.
For some guidance regarding what nutrients are found in what
foods, check this
If you do wish to try supplements, Vision
Works USA sells a large range of products for most vision conditions
and they will ship worldwide. Vision supplements can be useful in
helping the body and eyes get back into balance. However, for the
long term it is best to assess how the deficiency came about, address
that problem, and implement appropriate changes in diet or lifestyle.
There simply is no better way to get all the nutrients you need
than through delicious healthy whole foods.
Cautionary note about vision
A special note of caution regarding vision supplements is that many
of them will have high doses of Vitamin A and/or beta carotene.
Both are nutrients the eyes need, yet they are far more beneficial
for you when they come from your food, and can actually be detrimental
to your health in the form of supplements. An excessive intake of
Vitamin A and beta carotene is a potential health problem due to
an increased risk of cancer and a contributor to osteoporosis.
Vitamin C is a common supplement
and it too, in mega-doses such as 10,000mg, can lead to visual problems,
especially causing floaters and increasing the risk of vitreous
detachment, retinal detachment, macular pucker, cellophane maculopathy,
and macular degeneration.
A whole food alternative to vision supplements
Rather than supplementing with isolated vitamins or minerals, it
makes more sense to me to supplement with whole foods, yet not everyone
likes to radically change their diet. So here is another option
- take whole foods in capsule form. JuicePlus makes a whole food
supplement that is easy to take either in capsules or in tasty chewables
(easier for children, who may be eligible for free supplements).
here for more information or contact Esther.
Modern medicine would like
you to believe
that you were born with a deficiency of drugs
excess of body parts...
What to avoid.
To create health, it's not only important what you eat but also what
you leave out of your diet. The following are best avoided or at least
minimized, especially if you currently have health/vision challenges:
Caffeinated beverages: Coffee, soft drinks, regular
tea and any caffeinated herb tea.
Sugar: white, brown, turbinado, cane, raw, dextrose, maltose,
glucose, aspartame and all artificial sweeteners. Instead satisfy
your sweet tooth by eating fruits which provide natural sugars that
the body can easily deal with.
Alcohol: Alcohol destroys many vital nutrients; drinkers require
a higher dosage of vitamins.
Artificial colors, flavorings or preservatives; Dairy products;
Grains; White and Refined flours; MSG; Table salt; Hydrogenated
oils; Fried foods.
Food is not only
your best medicine, it is your only medicine
Edward C Kondrot, MD
(Author of 'Healing the Eye the Natural Way')
Healing your eyes naturally.
Although I believe that good nutrition can play a big role in
overcoming eye-diseases, it is important to know that most symptoms
can be relieved with natural vision habits and relaxation, as
those increase circulation to the eyes which is key in any healing
process. Without good vision habits, it will be more challenging
to overcome any eye disease when making changes in nutrition alone.
Nutrients required for healthy
and trace nutrients:
Many nutrients are known to be involved in the healthy functioning
of the eyes:
Amino Acids (N-acetyl-cysteine and
Taurine), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Bioflavonoids, Calcium,
Choline, Chromium, Copper, CoQ10, Enzymes, Essential Fatty Acids
(EFAs) especially Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, Glucosamine Sulfate,
Glutathione, Inositol, Iodine, Lutein, Lycopene, Magnesium, Manganese,
Molybdenum, Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), Phosphorus, Potassium,
Selenium, Taurine, Vanadium, Zeaxanthin, Zinc.
(the main ones are in bold):
A, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-7 , B-9,
B-12, C, D, E, K.
Good nutrition is important for healthy vision, but can not stand
on its own. A truly healthy lifestyle involves a healthy diet
as well as providing exercise/play, fresh air, clean water, adequate
rest and sleep, emotional poise, sunshine, a sense of purpose,
and loving relationships.
The main depletion factors of vital nutrients from the body
are: Stress, Alcohol, Antibiotics and Drugs (both medical and
recreational drugs, including cigarettes).
Other problem causers tend to
Caffeinated beverages, soft drinks, refined sugars, table salt,
refined grains, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, dairy products,
MSG, artificial colors, flavorings and preservatives.
Avoid bad habits...
The table below gives a list of vision challenges with their possible
related nutrient deficiency and/or general toxicity. General toxicity
is not a deficiency of nutrients but an excess of harmful substances,
either from a less than optimal diet, or from environmental influences
such as bad air or exposure to chemicals.
of 'sand' under the eyes
under the eyes
(flaking and swelling of the eyelids)
(involuntary twitching of eyelids)
B-2, B-6, E, Chromium
An overdose of Vit A can cause blurred vision.
and/or itching of the eyes
Beta Carotene, B-2, B-3, B-9 (Folic Acid), B-12,
C, D, E, Amino Acids, Calcium,
Chromium, Copper, Cysteine, Glutathione, Quercetin,
Rutin, Selenium, Zinc, general
toxicity (esp. high levels of lead, mercury, iron, cadmium), lactose
Smoking and Steroid use can cause cataracts.
(inflammation/redness of the whites of the eyes)
of the eyelids (granulated eyelids)
circles under the eyes
E, Selenium, Zinc, EFAs, Magnesium, Bioflavonoids
||C, E, Potassium
C, Amino Acids
High sugar or alcohol consumption is dehydrating.
Dry eyes, Xerophthalmia
B-6, B-9 (=folate or folic acid), B-12, C, E, EFAs, Potassium, CoQ10,
General toxicity and dehydration worsen it (as does a staring habit,
or a low blinking rate.)
tearing of the eyes
spots in visual field
(Also known as Muscae Volitantes)
Carotene, C, E, Calcium, Copper. General toxicity or Vitamin C overdose
can lead to floaters.
(abnormal pressure in eyes damaging the optic nerve. Normal pressure
is 15-18 mm Hg; 21 and higher is problematic.)
(esp B-1, B-12), C, E, Bioflavonoids, CoQ10, Magnesium, EFAs, Quercetin,
High blood sugar can contribute to Glaucoma.
can contribute to Glaucoma.
(or sudden) decline in visual capacity
of the eye
exposure to sunlight
|Keratoconus / Conical
|Loss of peripheral
Carotene, A, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-12,
C, D, E, Bioflavonoids,
Cysteine, Chromium, Copper, CoQ10, EFAs, Lutein,
Manganese, Selenium, Taurine, Zeaxanthin, Zinc.
General toxicity, lead exposure, vitamin C overdose, high
iron levels and high blood sugar can contribute to Macular Degeneration.
B-9 (folate), D, E, Calcium, Chromium.
A diet high in refined sugars can also play a role in developing
myopia. Lack of outdoor time (use of distance vision) also contributes.
Rosacea (painful, burning, feels like foreign body in eyes)
(sensitivity of the eyes to light)
('middle age sight' farsighted, resulting in a need for reading
B-2, B-6, C, E, Glutathione, Iron, Selenium, Zinc.
Highly fluctuating or high blood sugar levels can contribute to
detachment or retinitis
General toxicity and Vitamin C overdose can lead to retinal detachment.
(pigment clumps at the back of the eye)
C, E, EFAs, CoQ10, Cysteine, Taurine, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc
on the eyelids
of the eyelids or swelling under the eyes
Iodine (causing sluggish thyroid)
to produce tears
E, Bioflavonoids, EFAs, CoQ10, Zinc
Degeneration / Detachment
also found and reported that the food-obtained-folate (B-9) appears
to be far more effective in protecting eye and
visual function than the shelf-life-assured pharmacological form
found in vitamin bottles."
Benjamin C. Lane, O.D.
effect of diet on the quality of the tearfilm, especially for
contact lens users.)
This page is for educational and information purposes only. It
is not intended to be or replace a medical diagnosis. Sources
are listed below. This page is not 'FDA approved', so read
at your own risk. However, no preservatives were added and it's
dolphin safe... (anyway, please read the disclaimer)
These are the sources of the information presented on this
Self Test Nutrition Guide - Cass Igram, D.O.
Nutrition and the Eyes, Volumes I-III - Bill Sardi
Smart medicine for your eyes - Jeffrey R. Anshel, O.D.
Natural Eye Care, an Encyclopedia - Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac.
& Glen Swartwout, O.D.
Nutrition in Eye Health and Disease - Stanley C Evans, Ophthalmic
Nutritionist & Orthoptist
Sunlight can Save your Life - Kane
Zime M.D., M.S.
The Power Behind your Eyes - Robert Michael Kaplan, O.D.
Nutrioptom.com - Dr. Benjamin Clarence Lane, O.D.
Super Immunity - Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
National Institute of Health, Office
of Dietary Supplements
What Doctors Don't Tell You, June 2013 (Macular Degeneration,
The Epidemiology of Eye Disease - Johnson, Minassian, Weale, 1998
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