Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: July 23, 2018 Comments: 0

Glaucoma is a disorder that is most commonly characterized by elevated fluid pressure within the eye.  This pressure puts strain on the eye, and, if left untreated, may damage the retina and optic nerve, and lead to vision loss or even blindness.  There are two types of glaucoma, the first, and most common form being open angle glaucoma, whereby fluid circulates and pressure increases over time.  This condition develops slowly and vision loss is gradual.  On the other hand, angle closure glaucoma, which is much less common, develops suddenly, causing pain and redness, as pressure rises quickly.

The good news is, with early diagnosis and treatment, you can protect your eyes from long-term damage. In addition to any doctor recommended treatments, here are some food and supplement tips that can help support eye health:

 

Food

-Eat a diet rich in antioxidants, including kale, goji berries, carrots and tomatoes

-Fresh blueberries and red raspberry leaf tea contain important nutrients that may protect the eyes from damage

-Avoid coffee, alcohol and caffeine

-Drink small amounts of liquid at one setting instead of large amounts

 

Nutritional Supplements

Choline is an important B vitamin that is essential for eye health

-Vitamin A is important for good eyesight and night vision

-Vitamin C reduces pressure within the eye

-Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that may protect the lens of the eye

-Magnesium enhances blood flow to the eyes

-Zinc activates vitamin A, and is essential in glaucoma therapy

-NAC (precursor to glutathione) is a potent antioxidant that protects the lens

 

 

References:

(1) Balch, P. A. (2010). Prescription for nutritional healing: The A-to-Z guide to supplements. New York, NY: Avery

(2) Facts About Glaucoma. (September, 2015). Retrieved from https://nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma/glaucoma_facts

(3) Glaucoma, What Is it? (October, 2013). Retrieived from https://www.health.harvard.edu/vision/glaucoma-

(4) Grover, A., Samson, S. (2014). Antioxidants and vision health: facts and fiction. Molecular and Celluar Biochemistry, 388 (102), p. 173-183.

 

 

 


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