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Is there anything new out there to help combat macular degeneration?

Q. Dear Terry, “Is there anything new out there to help combat macular degeneration? I still see just fine, but am concerned about maintaining my eye health.” — Margaret J., Milwaukee, WI

A. Dear Margaret,  You would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 375 mg of high absorption curcumin 2-3 times daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

I also strongly encourage you to consider adding grape seed extract to your daily regimen. When choosing a formula, look for one that is standardized to contain 95% polyphenols. I recommend taking 300 mg daily.

If you are not already taking an omega-3 supplement, you should consider adding one to your regimen. Omega-3s support your vision, as well as your overall health. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily for eye health.

Make sure you to talk with your doctor and see what he/she thinks of using the protocol I have recommended.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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