A cataract forms because the mix of protein and water in the lens of the eye begins to clump together abnormally and cloud an area of the lens. The result is hazy or blurred vision which can ultimately lead to significant vision loss.
A cataract in its earliest stages is usually discovered by your Ophthalmologist first and may never become a serious problem; however, as the lens gets opaquer, patients with larger cataracts may find distorted vision and other symptoms interfering with everyday life and then will need surgery.
Cataracts can develop unevenly, one eye may be affected while the other is fine, or the degree of cloudiness may differ from one eye to the other which can develop very quickly or very slowly over a period of years.
There are numerous factors for developing cataracts. Some studies suggest they develop after the eyes are repeatedly exposed to ultraviolet light and radiation, such as that emitted by computers. Other risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, chemotherapy, steroid drugs such as prednisone and cortisone steroid shots, diuretics, tranquilizers, prescription hormone replacement, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, air pollution, chemicals, genetics, and eye trauma. Steroid-induced cataracts do not usually regress when the drug is stopped. Prescription hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of cataract formation by 42 percent.
A study published in the August 2012 issue of Optometry and Vision Science suggested statin cholesterol medication is linked to increased risk of developing cataracts. Another study paper published in the 2014 JAMA Ophthalmology, found the risk for cataract was higher among statin users, compared with non-users. When they included other known risk factors, this showed statin users had a 27% higher chance of developing cataracts than non-users. The average length of statin use was about two years.
After many epidemiological studies it is generally accepted that oxidation is a key feature of cataract formation. Oxidation is defined as the interaction between oxygen molecules and all the different substances they may contact. Cataracts result from the deposition of aggregated proteins in the eye lens and lens fiber cell plasma membrane damage, which causes clouding of the lens, light scattering, and obstruction of vision.
According to a study published in the Jan / Feb 2016 American Journal of Therapeutics “Mitochondrial targeting of compounds with universal types of antioxidant activity represents a promising approach for treating a number of ROS-related ocular diseases of the aging eye and can be implicated in the management of cataracts.”
Glutathione (GSH) also known as “The Mother of All Antioxidants” and is essential to all cells in the body and low levels of glutathione have been associated every serious health problem you can think of. Cataract lenses contain only about one-tenth as much glutathione as healthy eye lenses.
Glutathione is vitally important in the synthesis of DNA and the maintenance DNA, the synthesis of protein and amino acids, so the body can utilize them effectively. GSH also plays an important part in the removal of synthetic chemical toxins and free radicals and therefore is essential in protecting cells from oxidization and removal of all toxic build up at the cellular level. Taking glutathione orally is not absorbed well and unfortunately has not been proven effective. One study gave healthy people 500 milligrams twice a day for a month, however due to the digestive process they were unable to raise the glutathione level in the blood.
In our practice we use REG’ACTIV Essential ME-3 (Essential Formulas Inc.) is a revolutionary supplement named for the 'Active Regeneration' of glutathione that is stimulated by ME-3.
In 1995, award-winning microbiologist Marika Mikelsaar, MD, PhD and her team of research scientists at the University of Tartu, Estonia isolated this distinctive probiotic strain ME-3 Lactobacillus fermentum. ME-3 is considered by scientists as a "complete glutathione system" due to its ability to produce glutathione in the human body via three different mechanisms. Take 1 capsule 1 x a day. For more information go to Essentialformulas.com
Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme which reduces inflammation by thinning fluid around damaged tissue and increasing fluid drainage. It also has the ability to dissolve damaged, dead tissue without harming healthy tissue. Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme isolated from the micro-organism, Serratia E15. This enzyme is naturally present in the silkworm intestine and is processed commercially today through fermentation. Serrapeptase digests non-living tissue which makes it great for breaking down protein accumulations in the lens of the eye in the case of cataracts without hurting healthy eye tissue. Think of it like Pac Man gobbling up garbage tissue. Serrapeptase is also beneficial for reducing plaque in the arteries, decreasing fibrin, removing fibrous tissue internally, blood thinning, clot removal, mucus dissolving and reducing inflammation.
Serrapeptase needs to be kept at least 1 hour away from food to be effective. Taking 120,000 spu 1x day can take 6 months or more to slow down the build-up of protein in the lens. After that it is possible for the Ophthalmologist to observe reversal/improvement, so be patient!
Do not take Serrapeptase 2 weeks prior to surgery. Also do not take for at least 3-4 months post-surgery. Do not take if you are pregnant or are on a blood thinner without advice from your doctor.
In our practice we use Serra Activ 120,000 SPU ( Dynamic Enzymes)
Always consult with your Holistic or Healthcare Practitioner before taking supplements. Telephone or In-Office appointments are available at the Tree of Life Wellness Center Inc. For more information call 508-336-4242 9am-5pm EST Mon-Fri 10:30am-3pm Sat.
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