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Lately I’ve been noticing changes in my vision.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 52 years young and in relatively good health. I eat a well-balanced diet, exercise, take supplements, but lately I’ve been noticing changes in my vision. Is there anything natural you can recommend to help my eyes?” — Dolores S., Santa Fe, NM

A. Dear Dolores, Supplementing with specific nutrients can make a big difference in our vision. One of the strongest protectors of our vision is black currant. Black currant is rich in anthocyanins, which are the dark pigments that give black currants their color. These anthocyanins are very potent antioxidants and help prevent oxidative damage to our eyes. One of the reasons black currant is so valuable in preserving healthy vision is because the anthocyanins from the berry can be transported and absorbed in the eye, right where they are needed. These compounds help protect your cells from damage, reduce inflammation, and stop oxidative stress.

Another one of my favorite ingredients for eye health is grape seed extract. Research has shown that grape seeds contain proanthocyanidins, which are also super antioxidants, and are 20-50 times stronger than vitamin E and C, respectively. I recommend taking 400 mg of a high absorption French grape seed extract twice per day.

It’s hard to talk about eye health without mentioning lutein and zeaxanthin. They are the primary carotenoids (richly colored yellow and orange pigments) present in the eye and have a special protective role for the retina and macula. I would take 10 mg of lutein and 500 mcg of zeaxanthin twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally


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