Many of us take the strength of our eyesight for granted. It’s easy to do when you’re young and there are so many effective and permanent options for treating things like myopia (poor distance vision). But as we age, our eyes are subject to a plethora of possible problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and type II diabetes. Fortunately, there are nutritional supplements that you can take every day to help strengthen your eyesight.
Here are a few of them:
Bilberry. This antioxidant rich fruit has demonstrated in at least one scientific study* that it is effective in preventing cataracts and macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness in people over age 50). There is also strong anecdotal evidence suggesting it helps improve night vision by increasing the production of a pigment that helps the eyes adapt to light changes.
Vitamins C and E, beta carotene and zinc. A 2008 study** published in the Archives of Ophthalmology showed that subjects at high risk for macular degeneration who took this nutrient combination had significantly lower rates of macular degeneration when compared to those taking a placebo. The study concluded that people who are at risk for developing macular degeneration, as determined by their ophthalmologist, “should consider taking a supplement of antioxidants plus zinc such as that used in this study.”
Ginkgo Biloba. Ginkgo biloba protects against free-radical damage in the retina and improves blood flow in the optic nerve. This is a good thing because the retina requires a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients. In one study***, people with normal tension glaucoma who took 40mg of ginkgo biloba extract three times daily for four weeks showed “a significant improvement in visual fields indices.”
Want to add these natural, eye health supplements to your regimen?