Eye disease is on the rise among the general population of the United States. Diabetes, being over weight, hypertension, unfit physical condition and poor dietary habits add additional stress to your eyes.
Researchers agree that one of the most destructive bio-chemical actions within the body are free radical molecules. A “free radical” is an unstable double oxygen molecule that disrupt the structure of other molecules and result in cellular damage, especially to the interior of the eye. The symptoms from this continual damage may result in cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and may add to premature degradation of sight vision performance or dry-eye. Generally, this is a condition which affects people later in life, usually after the age of 50. Since many physiologic functions are slowing with aging, anti-oxidant production by ocular cells slows, as well. A study done late in 1999 indicates that by monitoring the blood levels for glutathione peroxidase, they may soon be able to predict physiologic disorders of the eye by a simple blood test, well in advance of pathologic damage.
Glutathione peroxidase is an antioxidant enzyme which protects cells and tissue, of the eye and other systems of the body. As the levels of glutathione peroxidase increase there is a correlation; that free radical activity has also increased and a potential for damage to eye tissue may result.
There are dietary steps that may reduce free radical activity. First, increase the amount of raw fresh fruits and vegetables you eat, which are the primary providers for the natural co-factors of antioxidants. If you don’t like or buy frozen fruits and vegetables during winter time, there are supplements specifically formulated to provide all of these special antioxidants. One is Visitein Complex, a high quality eye product manufactured by Molecular Biologics for Life.
There are other health care supplements i.e. Oxyguard which can also help to increase the essential vitamins and minerals which must be available for antioxidant protection. Because this is a disorder associated with aging, individuals may have problems of digestion and absorption, which can deter assimilation of these nutrients for the protection of the body and specifically, the eye. If that’s the case I recommend Bromelain-Papain, Biogest and/or Panex-8 to help complete digestion processes.