My 25 year old son found out that he already has signs of cataracts forming.
Q. Dear Terry, “During a recent trip to the ophthalmologist, my 25 year old son found out that he already has signs of cataracts forming. Is there anything he can take or do to slow this process?” — Angie R., Savannah, GA
A. Dear Angie, “When it comes to eye health, I highly recommend a combination of black currant, grape seed, lutein and zeaxanthin – they are some of the most powerful nutrients I have found. Black currant works by fighting inflammation, strengthening blood vessels, and preventing oxidative damage. The oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) in grape seed extract are powerful antioxidants that 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. I recommend taking 150 mg total of black currant and grape seed, along with lutein and zeaxanthin, twice daily.
Because it’s so beneficial for his overall health, I would also recommend that your son take 150 mg of grape seed extract three times daily. When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.
Terry . . . Naturally