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Nutrients for Eye Health

Monday, 22 June 2009 02:53 PM

Question: I have severe myopia and my eye doctor is now monitoring me for the possible onset of glaucoma. I have elevated intraocular pressure in both eyes with enlarged optic nerves. Is there anything that I can do to reduce the intraocular pressure via diet modification, vitamin, herbal, or mineral supplementation?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

While it is accepted that glaucoma is associated with a buildup of pressure within the eyes, newer research indicates that the actual damage to the retina is caused by inflammation/excitotoxic reactions within the retina itself. Medications can be used to lower the intraocular pressure, but protection of the retina requires the use of anti-inflammatories and blocking of
the excitotoxic reaction. Magnesium, curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, resveratrol, ginger, lutein, bilberry, natural vitamin E (high gamma-E), buffered vitamin C, and DHA are essential. Combined, they not only reduce inflammation but also protect the nerve cells in the retina from excitotoxicity. Silymarin (from milk thistle) also calms the main inflammatory cell in the retina (the microglial cells).

In addition, it is important to avoid all dietary excitotoxins (such as MSG, hydrolyzed protein, vegetable protein, soy products, caseinate, and autolyzed yeast).

Never consume aspartame in any product. Aspartame forms formic acid and formaldehyde in the tissues, both of which are powerful toxins to the retina and optic nerves. Omega-6 oils, such as corn, safflower, peanut, and canola also induce inflammation and should be avoided.

A high intake of fresh vegetables and avoiding high fructose corn syrup and other processed sugars and carbohydrates is also critical. Avoid fluoridated water and other sources of fluoride and aluminum (baking powder, black tea, and toothpaste). Drinking two to three cups of white tea will also add protection.

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