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 Don’t lose sight of Holistic Eye Care 
 
 
Don’t lose sight of Holistic Eye Care                                           Published Autumn 2009 World of Wellness Magazine
By Camille Holstein
 
From an early age we all were taught there are just certain things that happen to our bodies as we age. Most of which is not desirable. Some believe that eye problems are just a natural consequence of the aging process. Traditional eye care focuses on treating symptoms through increasing prescriptions creating greater dependency on glasses. This is why so many people feel that their vision seems to get worse each time they visit an eye doctor.
Most eye disease is caused by systemic problems.  In other words, your body as a whole is failing to support the eye's health.  The Natural Approach is to treat the eye disease by treating your whole body and in the process prevent many other diseases.  In essence, the eye disease is the symptom and not the cause! 
The mind, body and spirit approach is based on the fact that health and well-being depend on all of our individual parts work effectively together. Its no surprise that healthy eyesight is also dependant upon our whole body’s well being, which is affected by our genetics, food we eat or don’t eat, our environment, exposure to toxins as well as our belief systems.
Here are a few supplementation suggestions
GLAUCOMA:                                                                                              
Vitamin C - is considered part of routine treatment for glaucoma. It lowers eye pressure through a combination of decreasing fluid production and improving the outflow of aqueous humor. Improves collagen metabolism may be one of the underlying reasons for the development of glaucoma. Nutritional sources include citrus fruits, red peppers and tomatoes.
Omega 3 fatty acids - may help reduce the chronic inflammatory process. Fish and unrefined fish oils are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Cold water fish (example; salmon, mackerel, cod) as well as black currant seed oil, and flax seed oil. 
Ginkgo biloba - may increase the circulation of blood to the eyes. It has been shown in some cases to help lower intraocular pressure in the eyes. 
Magnesium - is a mineral that relaxes smooth muscles. Natural sources include most nuts, seeds, vegetables, seafood. 
MACULAR DEGENERATION:
Lutein - these two carotenoids have been shown to be low in people with macular degeneration. Natural sources are green leafy vegetables including spinach, kale and collard greens.
Bilberry - promotes healthy circulation, particularly to the small capillaries that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the eyes. Natural sources are blueberries and huckleberries.
Taurine - this amino acid is important for the regeneration of worn out tissues of the retina. Protects from ultraviolet radiation. Natural sources include eggs, meats and fish.
Zinc - the macular can degenerate when zinc is deficient. It is found naturally in meats, oysters, and whole grains.
CATARACTS:
Glutathione -composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid. The following nutrients could help increase glutathione levels: N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, vitamin C, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, zinc, and other nutrients. Natural sources include eggs, broccoli, avocados, garlic, onions and cauliflower.  
An often effective natural approach includes dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, and exercise, listening to our bodies, and maximizing the mind/body's inherent healing potential.