Healthy Eyes for People With Diabetes
By: Julie Wanner
It is imperative for people with diabetes to take care of their eyes. Did you know that retinopathy (damage to the vessels supplying blood to the retina) from diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States? However, with the latest in laser surgery blindness from diabetic retinopathy has decreased. The vessels in the eyes require the most nutrients. Unfortunately, there is numerous vision problems associated with diabetes. The eyes can be affected by glaucoma (pressure on the eye restricting blood to the optic nerve), macular edema (loss of vision acuity), and cataracts (calcifications on the eye that causes the loss of acuity).
If you have diabetes, you should do all you can to keep your eyes healthy so you never have to experience any vision problems. It is vital to keep your blood sugars in the normal range, eat the proper foods, take additional nutrients, and keep the body alkaline. Do you know which mineral decreases diabetic retinopathy? If you guessed “magnesium” your correct. Magnesium protects not just your eyes but also your heart, brain, and nervous system. In addition, there are a variety of nutrients to help keep your eyes healthy.
Dr. Peter D’Adamo has formulated Ocubright which is a stellar botanical-vitamin formula designed to promote healthy visual function. This product is beneficial for people with diabetes and for all blood types. In addition, even if you don’t have diabetes Ocubright will provide general eye health, sharpness of vision, and provide protection from photo damage. Here are the highlights of the Ocubright ingredients:
Lutein and zeaxanthin: Lutein is a carotenoid typically found in conjunction with zeaxanthin. Studies indicate that high consumption of lutein reduces the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. The green foods that have the highest concentration of luteins are kale, broccoli, and spinach.
Bilberry: The bilberry leaf and fruit contain powerful anti-oxidants known as anthocynanadins, which decrease vascular permeability, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effects. Laboratory studies have provided evidence that bilberry consumption enhances the health of the center visual field (macula) of the eye.
Taurine: Found in high concentrations of the eye, Taurine is the most plentiful amino acid in the retina of all animal species. Taurine has multiple functions in maintaining normal retinal structure and function. Taurine deficiency has been linked to retinal degeneration.
Zinc: Zinc is an essential trace element. One of the most important roles it plays is in the maintenance of vision. Zinc deficiency can even alter vision, and severe deficiency causes changes in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).
Copper: Copper is an essential trace mineral which is found in foods such as; nuts, seeds, seafood, and grain products. As zinc can inhibit copper absorption in the body, a small amount of copper has been added to the formulation to maintain healthy copper levels.
Eyebright (Euphrasia): Its medicinal properties include antibacterial and astringent properties, and it has long been used by Western herbalists as an eyewash to soothe burning and tired eyes.
Now is the time to acquire the advanced nutritional support for your eyes with Ocubright. Your eyesight is priceless.
Reprinted from the Honolulu Examiner.