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Alternative Medicine to Treat Cataract

Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 07:10 AM
Author: Jason Lau

Cataract is defined by cloudy vision that is common in older adults. The vision blockages worsen over time and can lead to blindness. The most common treatment for cataract is surgery, which caries some risk and side effects. Aside from traditional medicine, however, there are some other options for treating the condition.

The following vitamins, supplements, and natural remedies support healthy eye function and either reduce the risk of getting cataract or slow it’s progression: 

  • Pink bark extract is an antioxidant with vein support that helps by improving blood flow to the eye.
  • The antioxidant properties of vitamins C and E kill free radicals that can cause damage to the eye.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in spinach, as well as yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables. They reduce the risk of cataract.
  • The flavonoids in berries and basically any red or purple fruits act in the same way as antioxidants.
  • Likewise, Bilberry is high in antocyandins. They strengthen veins and blood vessels. They also fight free radicals.
  • Ginkgo biloba carries oxygen to the eye and helps cleanse toxins.
  • Grape seed extract also prevents the progression of cataracts.

Aside from these items, the best thing to manage cataract is to make lifestyle changes. Avoid smoking and a high fat diet. Pay closer attention to the nutritional value in the foods you eat and make sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables to get a variety of vitamins and minerals.

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