The human eye, especially in youth, is very elastic and can change its shape to see things that are either near or far away. This elasticity diminishes with age and is caused by free radicals that make the lens stiffer and less transparent. It is this gradual cloudiness we call a cataract.
Risk factors include age (over 50), blue eyes, blonde hair, smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, those who work outdoors, and those who don’t wear UVA-UVB eye protection.
Fortunately, vision loss doesn’t automatically come with age. Following these three steps will protect you from developing cataracts:
1. Change Your Diet. Eliminate all omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, canola, soybean and peanut oils), trans-fatty acids (partially hydrogenated oils and many hydrogenated oils), excess sugar, fructose, toxic metals, monosodium glutamate (MSG), Aspartame, hydrolyzed proteins, and soy proteins. (For more information on food additives and the damage they can cause to your body, read my newsletter "Food Additives: What You Eat Can Kill You."
2. Eat five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day (preferably organic). They should include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, red cabbage, cauliflower, and kale.
3. Add supplements to your diet. Take a multivitamin/mineral supplement that contains all essential vitamins and minerals but does not contain iron, which is a powerful generator of free radicals. Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C (buffered as calcium and/or magnesium ascorbate) three times a day between meals. Also take two 20 mg of lutein daily, 25,000 IU of mixed carotenoids, 500 mg of riboflavin, 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin E, and 160 mg of bilberry each day with food. In addition, use N-acetylacarnosine eye drops.
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