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Cataract Alternative Treatment

  • Limit consumption of lactose-containing foods (milk products). In animal studies, galactose, a component of lactose, has been shown to promote cataracts formation.
  • A riboflavin deficiency has been implicated in cataracts development. Therefore, a supplemental dosage of riboflavin, 10-50 mg/day, may help treat or at least slow the progression of cataracts formation.
  • Quercetin is recommended in a dosage of 500-1000 mg/day. WARNING: Quercetin may increase the possibility of birth defects in pregnant women and is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • A supplemental dosage of 15-50 mg/day of zinc along with 2-3 mg/day of copper may help with cataracts.
  • Taking Vitamin C, 1000 mg, two times a day may help to decrease damage caused by free radicals, in turn helping to treat cataracts.
  • Supplementing the diet with Vitamin E at 400-800 IU/day plus selenium at 200-300 mcg/day has effectively cured cataracts in dogs.
  • 200-600 mg/day of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) along with zinc and copper may treat cataracts by working to destroy free radicals. 12

"The Cataracti Cure" N-Acetyl Carnosine Eye Drops
The use of L-carnosine a natural anti-oxidant has been developed by scientists at the Helmoltz Research Institute of Moscow to reverse the effects of early stage cataract. The L-carnosine is carried in a special biochemical formulation into the eye via eyedrops where it helps repair and prevent further oxidative damage. This solution is known as the “The Cataract Cure”. The efficacy however is uncertain, the research looks impressive but has not been opened up for scrutiny. One eye doctor who ran trials using the product felt it only helped about 20% of his clients with Cataract.
The Cataract Diet
The main dietary approach for cataract is to increase the intake of antioxidants that can help counter the oxidation of the lens which is believed to be the primary cause of cataract.
Vegetables rich in the antioxidant nutrients beta-carotene and vitamins C and E—any yellow, orange or dark green leafy vegetable—help prevent the oxidation process that can contribute to and worsen cataracts, High intake of fruit and vegetables has a protective effect on cataract.
Long-term use of vitamin E supplements and higher riboflavin and/or thiamin intake may reduce the progression of age-related cataract[5].
Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids detected in the human lens and these nutrients play a role in preserving lens clarity[4]. Lutein and zeaxanthin are more effective than Vitamin E reducing oxidative damage by up to 60% [3]. Lutein has been shown to improve visual function[1].
Higher intakes of vitamin C or the combined intake of antioxidants had long-term protective associations against development of nuclear cataract. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87 1899-1905.
Ginkgo biloba is an antioxidant that has been shown to stop cataract in rats[2]. Juicing can be an effective way of providing your required input the above nutrients and is preferable for some.
High intake of sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates increases the risk for cataracts. People who eat lots of high glycemic index foods increase their risk of developing a cataract. Glycemic index, or GI, refers to how rapidly a food causes blood sugar to rise. High glycemic index foods, like white bread, pasta, and potatoes, tend to spur a quick surge in blood sugar, while low-GI foods, such as lentils, soybeans, and many high-fiber grains, create a more gradual increase in blood sugar.
500 milligrams of vitamin C, up to 400 international units of vitamin E 15 milligrams (25,000 international units) of beta-carotene daily