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Natural Prevention of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration occurs when your macular cells (the nerve cells inside your eye's retina) deteriorate. Macular degeneration is loss of central vision due to damage to retina by sunlight and clogged retinal blood vessels. It is an aging retinal disease affecting millions of Americans. Aging, smoking, sun worshiping, and having blue eyes or family history are factors that contribute to macular degeneration. According to modern medicine, once macular degeneration begins, there is little or no cure, and the deterioration eventually leads to blindness.

Your eyesight is a barometer of your health. There is a Chinese saying: "Eyes are windows of your soul." Your vision health is also a reflection of your physical health.

Macular degeneration is a result of poor blood circulation and oxygen deprivation. Many eye doctors believe that once the nerve cells in your eyes are functioning at a lower or more compromised level, there is little you can do to reverse the condition. However, studies have shown that visualization (using human-bio-feedback) can actually improve the damaged cells with oxygen and nutrition. Through visualization, the use of guided imagery, you can bring oxygen, through the blood vessels from the heart, the arteries in the neck, and ophthalmic arteries, to the damaged areas of your eyes. With more oxygen and more blood flow, carrying more of the leukocytes (the immune cells), your macular cells will improve and strengthen.

To naturally rejuvenate your macular cells, do the following:
  1. Use your diaphragm to breathe, that is, deep and slow breathing for increased oxygen intake and blood supply. Learning how to breathe right is critical to your vision health. Optimal breathing not only cleanses but also nourishes your body. 
  2. Use visualization to bring oxygen and blood to your eyes. However, for visualization to work, you must have dedication and consistency. Find out more about the power of creative Visualization.
  3. Use meditation to relax your eye muscles and to relieve your body tension. Visit my web page: How To Meditate.
Aging is not synonymous with degeneration and deterioration. You don't have to have macular degeneration simply because you are old. You can use diet and change of lifestyle not only to retard but also to prevent macular degeneration.

The UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun cause free radical damage to the tissues in the retina. Always wear sunglasses outdoor.

The buildup of cholesterol, blood clots, and calcification may block retinal blood vessels from transporting oxygen and nutrients to the retina, and thus damaging its health and function. Use diet to improve your nutrition. Avoid supermarket meat, which is loaded with antibiotics, chemicals, and growth hormones. According to studies, a no-meat diet prevents clogging of blood vessels in your eyes. Remember, your eyes are not different from your heart. What is bad for your heart, such as high cholesterol, is also bad for your eyes. Eat plenty of fresh garlic to reduce cholesterol, and carrots to get your vitamin A for healthy retina. A vegetarian diet is highly recommended.

Here is the diet supplement regimen for protection against macular degeneration:
  1. Take at least 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to get all the nutrients and antioxidants to fight against free radicals that attack the retin
  2. Take zinc to retard the loss of protective melanin pigment of the retina against sunlight damage. However, more is not better: do not take more than 25 milligrams because excess may elevate bad cholesterol LDL levels.
  3. Take the powerful antioxidant glutathione to protect retinal cells from free radical damage due to ultra-violet sun rays. Take 100 milligrams of N-acetyl cysteine, which is a precursor of glutathione.
  4. Take 400-800 units of vitamin E, which is also a potent antioxidant against sun damage. Eat more salmon (not the farm-raised ones).
  5. Take 1000 milligrams of omega-3 oils not only to reduce cholesterol level but also to prevent formation of blood clots in retinal blood vessels.
  6. Take 2000 milligrams of bioflavonoids derived from bilberry or ginko biloba.
  7. Take 100 micrograms of selenium.
Prevention is always better than cure. 

For more information, visit my web page: Vision Health

Stephen Lau
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