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How to Reverse Your Cataracts Naturally … 5 Ways to Do It
How to Reverse Your Cataracts Naturally:
5 Ways to Do It
The Skeptical Nutritionist
How to Reverse Your Cataracts Naturally … 5 Ways to Do It
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Introduction Carnosine Eye Drops MSM-DMSO-Glutathione Eye Drops Chinese Herbal Supplements for Cataracts Herbal Eye Drops Your Diet, Food Allergies and Nutritional Supplements Newsletters for Keeping Up to Date Medications that Can Cause Cataracts or Harm the Eyes Food Allergy Testing Coupon
IntroductionCataracts are a leading cause of blindness around the world and a leading cause of vision loss in the US. Eighty percent – that’s 80% -- of individuals age 75 and above will suffer from some form of cataracts.
But what exactly is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which is normally crystal clear and used for focusing light to produce sharp visual images.
The lens of the eye is mostly composed of water and proteins. When the proteins in the lens age or become damaged, the lens starts to become cloudy which prevents all the light reaching the eye to come through. As a result, you cannot see clearly anymore which results in deteriorating vision. In time, a cataract can grow larger and cloud a larger portion of the lens, making it harder to see.
When you develop a cataract, it seems as if you are looking through a fuzzy or cloudy haze that blurs your vision. Cataracts can also affect your depth perception so that it becomes more difficult to judge distances, and they often require that you need more light in order to see things clearly.
When you have cataracts, it also often seems as if your glasses are always dirty and their presence can make your eyes get tired when you are reading or produce the phenomenon of seeing halos in the sunlight.
Cataracts usually develop quite slowly and can appear in one or both eyes. They’re
produced from a whole host of causes, such as:
• Free radicals, which cause oxidation and aging of eye tissue (similar to hardening of the arteries)
• Sunlight, whose UV content can cause cataracts
• Aging of the eyes, since a normal hardening of the lens occurs as we age
• Food allergies or sensitivities or poor nutrition and digestion, which can result in decreased nutrition to the eyes
• Pharmaceuticals, which can produce cataracts as a side-effect
• Smoking, which increases the risk of cataracts by 50%
• Diabetes, which increases the likelihood of cataracts
• Alcohol consumption, which can double the risk of cataracts
The fact that 80% of the elderly will get cataracts means that the question of cataracts occurring to you or not is probably not an “if” but a “when.” Therefore the big question is how to prevent them or reverse them if they’ve already started to form.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably not interested in prevention, but are reading this because you are probably seeking some sort of cure.
Doctors and pharmaceutical firms will tell you that there are no medications that can reverse cataract formation, but they’re wrong. They’re just not up-to-date with all the latest research and medical literature.
There are quite a few papers out that now show that cataract formation can be prevented, slowed and even reversed by natural therapies and minor lifestyle changes.
That’s what we’re going to go into, so let’s begin.
Carnosine Eye Drops Most people, including doctors and nutritionists, have never heard of carnosine because much of the research on the substance has been done in Russia, and until recently the substance wasn’t available to western researchers.
Carnosine is simply a naturally-occurring dipeptide (a combination of two amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins) that is proving to be a tremendous anti-aging supplement. In fact, one supplement manufacturer I’m friendly with told me that he’s now taking carnosine religiously because of all the consistently positive research he’s read on the substance (and he manufactures dozens of supplements, few of which he gets excited about).
He’s absolutely convinced this supplement will increase his life span if any supplement can do that at all. In fact, quite a few people who do take carnosine as a supplement are often told they look younger.
Sounds like something you should be taking … with or without cataracts.
So what’s the scoop on this natural substance?
Basically, carnosine contains the amino acids histidine and alanine, and its highest concentrations are found in the longest-living muscle tissues of your body.
Unfortunately, our muscle concentrations of carnosine decline substantially (63% in fact) from age 10 to 70. That suggests the need for supplementation.
What does carnosine do?
It’s an antioxidant, it has neurotransmitter properties, it has radioprotective effects, protects against cancer, binds heavy metals and can scavenge free radicals in the body. It’s used in the treatment of polyarthritis, trauma, stomach ulcers, heart damage and speeds wound healing.
Those are just a few of the non-ocular treatments. But what about cataracts?
Studies have also found that when animals have cataracts, the concentration of carnosine in the lens was found to be very low … in fact, the lower the concentration of carnosine, the more severe the cataract.
In studies using rabbits and dogs, it was even found that the animals were protected against cataracts if they were given carnosine supplements.
Okay, but what about for humans? Does carnosine help prevent or reverse cataracts?
There are quite a few studies on the use of carnosine eye drops to treat cataracts.
summaries from just two of them are reproduced below showing that it’s very successful. In particular, the Wang study showed that carnosine eye drops have delayed vision senescence 100% of the time in cases of primary senile cataract and 80% of the cases of mature senile cataracts. The drops can enter both the lipid (fat) and aqueous parts of the eye and been shown to repair strand breaks in the DNA of the eye.
In short, carnosine eye drops have been successfully used to treat cataracts and other corneal diseases. Carnosine eye drops even help with glaucoma.
Here’s another thing. In Russia, carnosine eye drops are approved for humans for use in the treatment of many eye diseases, so we know they’re safe.
The only question remaining is where you can get some?
The Life Extension Foundation, a well known distributor of health products, sells a formulation called “Brite Eyes” that contains L-carnosine, cysteine ascorbate, riboflavin monophosphate, taurine and glutathione. The recommended dosage of these carnosine eye drops is 1-2 drops in each eye daily. The organization can be contact at 800-544-4400 or you can reach them through the web at www.lef.org.
If you’d like to get more information, tune into this forum on carnosine and cataracts:
“Medical application of carnosine.” A. M. Wang, C. Ma, Z. H. Xie, and F. Shen Department of Biochemistry and Department of Neurobiology, Harbin
Medical University, Harbin 150086, PR China; E-mail:
Wangam@ems.hrbmu.edu.cn From our investigations, we have reported that eye drops containing 20 mM carnosine were used to treat 96 patients aged 60 years old having
senile cataract of various degrees of maturity, with the duration of the disease from 2 to 21 years. The method is that after stopping the use of all other anti-cataract drugs, patients instilled 1-2 drops of the carnosinecontaining solution in each eye 3-4 times each day for a period of treatment ranging from 3 to 6 months. The level of eyesight improvement and the change of lens transparency were considered as an evaluation index of the curative effect of carnosine. The result shows that carnosine gives a pronounced effect on primary senile cataract, the effective rate being 100%. For mature senile cataract, the effect rate is 80%, and positive effects were observed with other types of cataract. It is significant that no side effect has been found in the observed cases. During recent years, we have also applied carnosine drops containing the same content to nearly one thousand patients with senile cataract. Our research findings (ready to be published) show similar result.
In addition, we applied carnosine drops to patients aged 48-60 years with various degrees of eyesight impairment but without symptoms of cataract.
The course of treatment is from 2 to 6 months. The results demonstrate that carnosine appears to alleviate eye tiredness and comparatively improve eyesight (obviously improve eyesight, giving more clear vision).
Subjects reported that carnosine could brighten and relax their eyes. It is an important point that all the above research on medical application of carnosine has statistical significance.
Peptides 2001 Jun;22(6):979-94 N-Acetylcarnosine, a natural histidine-containing dipeptide, as a potent ophthalmic drug in treatment of human cataracts.
Babizhayev MA, Deyev AI, Yermakova VN, Semiletov YA, Davydova NG, Kurysheva NI, Zhukotskii AV, Goldman IM Innovative Vision Products, Inc., 19810, County of New Castle, DE, USA A study was designed to document and quantify the changes in lens clarity over 6 and 24 months in 2 groups of 49 volunteers (76 eyes) with an average age of 65.3 /- 7.0 enrolled at the time of diagnosis of senile cataracts of minimal to advanced opacification. The patients received Nacetylcarnosine, 1% sol (NAC) (26 patients, 41 eyes = Group II), placebo composition (13 patients, 21 eyes) topically (two drops, twice daily) to the conjunctival sac, or were untreated (10 patients, 14 eyes); the placebo and untreated groups were combined into the control (reference) Group I.
Patients were evaluated upon entry, at 2-month (Trial 1) and 6-month
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(Trial 2)-intervals for best corrected visual acuity (b/c VA), by ophthalmoscopy and the original techniques of glare test (for Trial 1), stereocinematographic slit-image and retro-illumination photography with subsequent scanning of the lens. The computerized interactive digital analysis of obtained images displayed the light scattering/absorbing centers of the lens into 2-D and 3-D scales. The intra-reader reproducibility of measuring techniques for cataractous changes was good, with the overall average of correlation coefficients for the image analytical data 0.830 and the glare test readings 0.998. Compared with the baseline examination, over 6 months 41.5% of the eyes treated with NAC presented a significant improvement of the gross transmissivity degree of lenses computed from the images, 90.0% of the eyes showed a gradual improvement in b/c VA to 7-100% and 88.9% of the eyes ranged a 27improvement in glare sensitivity. Topographic studies demonstrated less density and corresponding areas of opacification in posterior subcapsular and cortical morphological regions of the lens consistent with VA up to 0.3. The total study period over 24 months revealed that the beneficial effect of NAC is sustainable. No cases resulted in a worsening of VA and image analytical readings of lenses in the NAC-treated group of patients. In most of the patients drug tolerance was good. Group I of patients demonstrated the variability in the densitometric readings of the lens cloudings, negative advance in glare sensitivity over 6 months and gradual deterioration of VA and gross transmissivity of lenses over 24 months compared with the baseline and 6-month follow-up examinations.