The first herbal I want to discuss is bilberry. Bilberry contains compounds called anthocyanins. I guess you could call this the king of anti’s. These flavonoids are not only antioxidants, but anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-viral, anti-m...
The first herbal I want to discuss is bilberry. Bilberry contains compounds called anthocyanins. I guess you could call this the king of anti’s. These flavonoids are not only antioxidants, but anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-viral, anti-mutagenic and antimicrobial. They have been shown in numerous studies to improve circulation and the integrity of fine capillaries in the eye.
Cells in the eyes are extremely sensitive to oxidants. Anthocyanins will counter oxidative stress in the retina, and help to reduce inflammation in the tissues of the eye. Bilberry has been accepted and used in the treatment of cataracts and glaucoma. It is even said that bomber pilots in WW2 would eat bilberry jam to give them night vision. Hard to believe that but pretty cool if that's true.
Next up are the carotenoids lutein, astaxanthin, and zeaxanthin. These also possess anti-inflammatory properties and have a large body of evidence backing their promotion of eye health. They are known to improve or totally prevent macular degeneration. What they do in the macula is block blue light from reaching the underlying structures in the retina. This reduces the chances of light-induced oxidative damage that would lead to macular degeneration. Many studies have found that a mixture of these carotenoids is many times more effective than any one of them, even at the same total concentration.
I think by now you may be seeing a pattern here. Antioxidants are crucial for eye health. And another one that I want to mention is sulforaphane which mostly comes from broccoli. Researchers at John Hopkins found this compound to greatly protect the eyes from UV light, diminishing the chances of macular degeneration. Broccoli also contains indole-3-carbinol which sets off a chain of events to detoxification of the retina. And no problem if you don’t like broccoli. There are broccoli extracts and I3C supplements on the market.
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