measures for a macular-degeneration-prevention program
about why macular-degeneration-prevention is so important. The first and
foremost reason is that macular degeneration can result in irreversible vision
loss. The second is that as important as all of our senses are, our sight is
arguably the most precious. Close your eyes tightly for a moment and visualize
the face of a loved one or the beauty of a warm night sky or the wonder of a
butterfly on a sunflower and try to imagine not being able to see any of it
related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a chronic condition that causes central
vision loss. It is the most common form of macular degeneration. The incidence
of this disease increases with age. It is an affliction suffered by more than
thirty percent of people over the age of 65.
Advanced ARMD has two forms, often
referred to as wet and dry. Wet ARMD can be treated to retard the growth of new
blood vessels, which slows vision loss. There is no treatment for dry AMD. The
progression of ARMD in those at greatest risk of losing vision can be slowed
with physician supervised high-dose dietary supplementation of vitamins C and
E, beta-carotene, and zinc. Refer to “macular-degeneration” for eight AMD risk factors.
stress and inflammation is thought to play a major role in the development of
ARMD. Oxidative stress is the result of free-radical action. The metabolic
processes of our bodies produce free radicals. As we age our body’s capacity to
produce enough antioxidants to neutralize those free radicals is diminished. While
the literature suggests that there is no cure or treatment for ARMD, diet and
nutrition are counter measures to free radicals and inflammation and may help
injury and sunlight can also cause ARMD. Macular-degeneration-prevention is a
matter of diet, exercise and eye protection in other words “lifestyle.” If sunlight
is one cause and free-radical damage is another then macular degeneration can
at least be slowed by wearing eye
protection and ingesting appropriate antioxidants in foods and supplements.
Ten measures for your macular-degeneration-prevention program
foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are found in sweet
corn (yellow), green peas, bell peppers, raw Japanese persimmons, mandarin
tangerines, and cooked dark green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard, kale
more dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. These berries contain
high levels of flavonoids. Flavonoids are very powerful anti-oxidants that help
foods rich in Beta-Carotene such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes
fish such as salmon in your diet or supplement with Omega-3s oils. Omega-3 oils
with DHA and EPA are important to the health and function of our eyes, heart
and brain. DHA improves retinal health by repairing retinal cells from free
- As a part of your macular-degeneration-prevention, you may want to consider
a quality multivitamin containing a balance of the minerals; zinc, copper and
selenium as well as vitamins C and E. I prefer a liquid multivitamin, VIBE FUSION®
produced by Eniva® because it is more readily absorbed by the body.
smoke. Smokers have a whole host of health issues including vascular problems
that negatively impact eye health.
your eyes from direct sunlight with good quality sunglasses certified by ANSI
for optimum ultraviolet light protection. This is an important part of your macular-degeneration-prevention
3 to 4 cups of green tea every day. Green tea contains the flavonoid
(epicatechin) a powerful antioxidant. You can increase the antioxidant punch by adding a couple of pinches of turmeric and it doesn't change the taste.
in an aerobic exercise program such as walking at least 30 minutes five or more
times per week. However, avoid extreme exercise as exercise causes the body to produce
more free radicals. It follows that if you engage in more strenuous exercise,
you will need more antioxidants.
junk foods and dangerous food additives.
sure to consult with your physician before starting any nutritional
supplementation program and select
quality supplements. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent
illness and disease. They only give the body the extra nutrition it
needs to take care of itself! A healthy lifestyle starts
with good nutrition.
Disclaimer and goal
Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. Deut. 34:7
and suggested reading:
- Go to retirement resources.
- “eye disease.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
- "macular degeneration." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
- Russell L Blaylock, M.D., Health and Nutrition Secrets that can save your life, Health Press.
- William Sears, M.D., Prime Time Health, Little, Brown & Company.
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