My husband just had eye surgery to repair a macular hole and detached retina.
Dear Terry, My husband just had eye surgery to repair a macular hole and detached retina. He also had cataract surgery a year earlier in the same eye. Do you have any advice on what nutrients would help support his eyes?” — Karla B., Denver, CO
Dear Karla, When it comes to eye health, black currant, grape seed, lutein and zeaxanthin 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. I recommend taking a 150 mg total of black currant and grape seed, along with lutein and zeaxanthin.
You may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is one of the most powerful nutrients I have found for fighting inflammation. I would recommend that you take 150-300 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