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Supplements for Glaucoma

Monday, 14 Jan 2013 09:07 AM


Question: I was diagnosed with normal-pressure glaucoma, and have taken various eye drops. Are there any supplements that might be helpful for my condition?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Recent glaucoma research in glaucoma has shown something quite surprising to ophthalmologists: It is not just pressure that is causing the destruction of the retina, but rather a buildup of excitotoxins in the eye caused by the pressure. In fact, the process is the same as seen with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The process is called immunoexcitotoxicity, but instead of occurring in the brain, the damage is localized in the retina.
Based on this new information, ophthalmologists are searching for ways to reduce excitotoxicity and inflammation in the eye. Most important is avoiding excitotoxins in foods.
Remember, these excitotoxic food additives come in a number of disguised names, such as natural flavoring, autolyzed yeast, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
The next thing you can do is to take plant extracts and vitamins that reduce immunoexcitotoxicity. These include curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, resveratrol, mixed tocopherols, and vitamin C.



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