It’s time to drag your canoe out of the garage because we’re about to take a trip down “denial.”
That’s not a river in Egypt. It’s the river we all float down whenever we’re not quite ready to face reality——like when vision loss kicks in.
Most folks would rather get a tooth pulled than admit to vision problems. I guess it has something to do with getting “old.” But if your world is so blurry you’ve tried to wipe off your glasses when you weren’t even wearing them... if you have to squint so hard to read that your eyes actually shut... and if you’re parked so close to the TV that you’re feeling the heat from it, then you, my friend, are already floating down denial.
You’ve got vision problems and the sooner you accept it the faster you can start seeing clearly again.
The most common cause of vision loss in seniors is a cataract——when the lens of one or both of your eyes clouds over. When it first hits, you might think you can deal with it (except maybe at night when cataracts can make seeing clearly next to impossible). But if you let cataracts go, eventually everything will start to look like it’s on the other side of a shower door.
You could even go completely blind.
I recently heard some nitwit claim that cataracts are just a “normal part of aging”... that they’re “inevitable”... and that the reason we’re seeing more cases than ever is that people are living longer than ever.
Yes, cataracts do tend to show up as we age. But the REAL reason they’ve become more common than reality shows is medication. WorstPills.org lists no less than 62 drugs linked to eye diseases such as cataracts.
Statins, antidepressants, antipsychotics, certain steroids, some cancer drugs and potassium-sparing diuretics have all been linked to cataracts.
If you don’t have a cataract, these and other drugs can help kick-start the process that will cause them to form. And if you already have one, they can speed you down the road toward vision loss and blindness.
Either way it’s time to get to work.
The good news is you can slow, stop and maybe even reverse a cataract without having to sit still while a surgeon uses a scalpel on your eyeball. But these all-natural——and in some cases tongue-twisting——therapies only work if you start early.
TOP FOUR CATARACT “CURES”
#1) N-acetylcarnosine eye drops: Try saying that five times fast! It’s not exactly a name that rolls off the tongue. But several studies out of Russia show that these drops can safely improve visual acuity and reduce glare sensitivity in cataract patients.
Some studies show that roughly 90 percent of patients benefit from the eye drops. That’s remarkable.
#2) N-acetylcysteine (NAC): It’s another tongue twister, but what matters is that it works.
Like many of the diseases that come with age, cataract damage is caused by free radicals. NAC raises your body’s levels of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps your cells fight off the damage of oxidative stress, especially the damage found in your peepers.
Unlike the N-acetylcarnosine, which is an eye drop, N-acetylcysteine is available as a supplement. If you can’t say it (and who can?) just bring this newsletter to the vitamin shop and point at the name.
#3) Vitamins C & E: Finally we have a couple of nutrients that are a breeze to say.
Vitamin C and E are two of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. C specifically helps protect the lens of the eye while E fights off free radicals wherever they rear their ugly little heads.
One long-term study found that taking vitamins C or E for a decade or more will cut the risk of cataracts by 60 percent.
#4) B Vitamins: Earlier I shared how B vitamins can protect your brain, but that’s not even close to all they can do.
High B12 intake can cut your risk of cataracts by as much as 38 percent.
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) has similar success rates. And high pyridoxine (vitamin B6) intake may slash your risk of cataracts by a third.
But remember, if you spend too much time floating down that river of denial, NONE of these natural cataract cures will do you much good because when cataracts reach a “point of no return,” then surgery is almost guaranteed.
Start these four supplements now and you might never reach that point.