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Protect Against Cataracts

Thursday, 15 September 2011 08:55 AM

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. We call this gradual clouding a cataract.

Risk factors for developing cataracts include age (over 50), blue eyes, blonde hair, smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, working outdoors, and not wearing UVA-UVB eye protection.

But vision loss doesn’t automatically come with age. Getting the proper nutrition can help ensure your eyes will be clear and bright for a lifetime. Just follow these three steps to protect your eyes from cataracts:
1. Eliminate processed foods. Remove 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, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, hydrolyzed proteins, and soy proteins from your diet.
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. (For tips on buying safer, healthier food, read my special report "How to Avoid Poisonous Foods.")
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.

In addition, take two 20 mg capsules 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. Also, use N-acetylacarnosine eye drops. My special report "Key Vitamins that Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long"will give you additional details.

For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.

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