The leading cause of blindness and vision loss around the world is Macular Degeneration because it causes more blindness and vision problems than glaucoma and cataract put together.
This incurable eye disease is caused by the deterioration of the central part of the retina. This part of the eyes records what we see and sends them to the brain through the optic nerve. More than 10 million American are suffering from this condition.
This condition is common in older people, from 50 years and above. The risk factors for this Macular Degeneration are smoking cigarettes (this doubles the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration), unhealthy diet (high intake of saturated fats), genetics, obesity, and race (Caucasians have a higher risk than any other race).
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
- Blurry vision
- Hazier and less defined vision
- A wavy appearance of straight lines
- Difficulty seeing fine details like the hands of a clock and color
- You see colors as less vibrant as they use to be
- Difficulty reading
- Finding it difficult to see people’s faces from a far distance
- Having Problems driving
- Recovering your vision slowly after being exposed to bright light
- Inability to see in dim light, therefore, needing brighter light to do daily tasks
- A blurred spot in the center of vision
- Loss of center vision, a blind spot on your central vision that gets bigger without treatment
- Difficulty judging distances or climbing up the stairs
Natural Remedies for Macular Degeneration
These remedies will prevent and slow down the progression of Macular degeneration. When combined with a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, prayers, and faith in God, they can reverse this debilitating condition.
Beta-carotene and Vitamin A
Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant and phytochemical which is converted into vitamin A in the body. It is a precursor for vitamin A in the body, and these nutrients help maintain healthy eyesight.
They nourish the photo-receptors of your eyes and aid the functions of the macula, therefore they prevent your photo lens from oxidizing, and they prevent eye problems such as loss of vision.
A good way to improve the levels of these nutrients in your body is to include them daily in your meals. Rich sources of vitamin A and beta-carotene are carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark green vegetables.
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Zeaxanthin and Lutein
These powerful antioxidants fight Macular degeneration. They are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, spinach, kales, and roman lettuce.
These antioxidants delay the onset of this condition and it protects your eyes from bad rays that can cause macular degeneration.
Lycopene, an important phytochemical and antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelon, and other red fruits and vegetables fight the formation of macular degeneration.
A way to reduce your chances of developing macular degeneration is to eat foods rich in lycopene on a daily basis. It also keeps your eyes fine and healthy and fights other eye problems.
There are lots of antioxidants and essential nutrients present in moringa leaves, there are high amounts of vitamins A, E, C, Zinc, and beta-carotene present in moringa and all these nutrients are important for healthy eyesight and they keep eye problems at bay including Macular degeneration.
People suffering from this condition can cope better with regular intake of moringa. Zinc slows down the growth or progression of this disorder.
You can get fresh moringa leave, boil it and take the decoction and you can get the capsules or supplement in any health store.
This nutrient is essential for healthy eyes. It protects your eyes and keeps degenerative eye diseases at bay. Good natural sources of folate are lentils, green peas, sunflower seeds, soybeans, corn, and seaweed.
This wonderful herb protects your eyes. It prevents eye damages and aids cellular metabolism. It is rich in antioxidants and fights against damages to your retina.
There are powerful antioxidants present in grape seeds that protect your eyes from free radicals and harmful rays, therefore, they prevent cataract and other degenerative eye problem.
Green tea fights the activities of free radicals in the body. They prevent cataract and other eye problems like macular degeneration. 8 or more cups of green tea every day will help you slow down or prevent this condition.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
30% of the human retina is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. Regular intake of foods rich I omega-3 fatty acids and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA) will help in rebuilding your retina.
Rich sources of this nutrient are cold water fatty fish, and flaxseed.
One of the most damaging habits that can lead to macular degeneration is smoking, as it hastens age-related Macular degeneration.
Smoking damages major nerves, tissues, and cells in your body. It triggers inflammation and leads to loss of vision by damaging your nerves.