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Macular Degeneration

I have a close relative who suffers from macular degeneration. It's scary to watch her becoming progressively blinder. Alas, she won't stop eating a VERY toxic version of the SAD diet, nor will she take vision supplements.

Much of the information I'm going to pass along to you, comes from Doctor Julian Whitaker, one of the very best Natural
Health doctors. I'll quote him in context.

The macula is a small area, directly behind the eyeball, that is responsible for fine vision. It conveys visual messages to the optic nerve. "The macula is 100 times more sensitive to light, than other areas of the retina, because it contains the greatest number of cones, the color receptors that allow us to see color and detail." When the macula degnerates, a blurry or blind spot develops, which usually leads to a total loss of central vision, and greatly diminished
peripheral vision.

There are two nutrients which are highly concentrated in the macula, and which increase its thickness and stability. Those nutrients are
the carotenoids known as lutein and zeaxanthin. You can buy them as supplements -- I use both on a daily basis -- but they
are also found in dark, green leafy vegetables like kale. spinach, and collard greens. Oddly, the food that contains the most lutein and zeazanthin, is egg yolk. So you have both an animal, and a variety of vegetable sources, from which you can add these critically needed nutrients to her diet. I'm a long-time vegetarian, so I choose the dark, green leafy veggies.

Here's Doctor Whitaker again: "Other foods with protective photo-chemicals for eye health, are carrots, tomatoes, brightly colored fruits, citrus fruits, red and yellow onions, and green tea."

I would also suggest that everyone take a first-rate eye supplement such as Vision Optimizer by Jarrow, or Vision Advantage by Mountain Home Nutritionals. I also add some extra bilberry tablets to my daily
regimen, as well as their kissing-cousins, blueberries. Fresh or frozen blueberries, (organic is best), are wonderful for the eyes.

Final thought: The eyes are 95 percent water, so if you want good vision, you should be drinking clean, pure water. Your eyes also
need more vitamin C than many other parts of your body. You don't have to take mega-doses like I do (14.000 mg per day), but you DO
need to take a lot more vitamin C than the FDA recommends. I would say a minimum of 3,000 mg a day. Twice that much would be better.

It doesn't cost that much to take care of your eyes; not when you factor in the horrors of blindness. I urge all of you to adopt at least some of these suggestions, and incorporate them into your eating regimen. Simply by adding spinach or kale to your salad, you'll go a long way to preserving your vision. Trust your intuition.