I was recently informed by my eye doctor that I have the beginnings of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Dear Terry, “I was recently informed by my eye doctor that I have the beginnings of macular degeneration and cataracts. I am only 47 years old. Is there any way to slow this process down and if possible to prevent it from worsening?” — Ingrid F., Wichita, KS
Dear Ingrid, I recommend using a multi-ingredient combination of black currant, French grape seed, lutein and zeaxanthin. When it comes to eye health, these are the most powerful nutrients I have found. Black currant works by fighting inflammation, strengthening blood vessels, and preventing oxidative damage. The proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract help protect the eye’s lens cells from oxidative damage, which could help prevent the formation of cataracts. Lutein and zeaxanthin are especially important for macular health. In fact, an observational study done on women (age 50-79) concluded that diets rich in these nutrients may protect against intermediate, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women 75 years old and younger. I would suggest taking 2 to 4 capsules of this blend daily.
You may also want to consider taking Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce dryness of the eyes. I would suggest taking 500-1,000 mg twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.
Terry . . . Naturally