Nutritional & Dietary
Nutrition and Dietary Considerations for Degenerative Eye Disorders
For those receiving acupuncture for degenerative eye disorders at the Arkansas Acupuncture Center, nutritional supplementation and proper diet are essential for long-term care of the vision, and to maintain the benefits of the treatments.
The multivitamin specifically formulated for vision disorders, Visio-Plex contains the essential ingredients for maintaining healthy vision. However, the multivitamin does not contain omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D or sufficient vitamin C, so we recommend adding those to your daily intake. In some cases, Chinese herbal formulas are recommended. If you are suffering from a long-term, enduring chronic disease, supplementation is essential; we need to think in terms of therapeutic doses. Foods that include the nutrients necessary for proper health, while important, are not strong enough to bring about the desired healing effect.
However, good diet is vital. Foods such as leafy greens, fruits and good quality fresh fish (non-GMO, non-farm raised) are recommended, as well as any good quality protein such as organic or grass fed beef, or chicken that is free from antibiotics, steroid hormones and fed a natural diet. Equally important is the avoidance of certain foods; packaged, processed foods that contain MSG (now called natural flavor), corn syrup (now called natural sweetener), preservatives, and artificial sweeteners (these are very dangerous to the eyes and brain.) Read the label!! If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, or don’t have it in your own kitchen, don’t buy the product. Buy organic as much as possible, and avoid cold foods and beverages, especially ice water. Cold foods can weaken the blood vessels. Those with “wet” macular degeneration need to pay particular attention to this.
There are three categories of nutrients necessary for maintaining healthy vision; nutrition, circulation and antioxidants. All three are important for the continuous reproduction of cells, and inhibiting the destruction of healthy cells.
Nutrients Helpful for All Vision Disorders
Visioplex (or N-Vision) a high potency multivitamin for all vision disorders
EPA-DHA The eye is made of omega 3 fatty acid, and is essential for optimum eye health
Vitamin D3 prohibits the formation of amyloid beta, the cause of AMD, and helps both glaucoma and RP. Twenty minutes a day in the sun equals to 20,000 IUs.
Vitamin C at least 3,000 milligrams a day.
Curcumin – the active constituent of Tumeric inhibits the formation of amyloid Beta placques that cause contribute to AMD and RP.
For all eye diseases – No diet foods or drinks that contain aspartame.
Wet AMD – – Add these to Nutrients for All Eye Diseases
Vitamin K helps with normal blood clotting, not abnormal clotting
and can be found in alfalfa tablets.
Vitamin C (1000 mg) with Bioflavonoids (1000 mg) and Rutin (50 mg)
Vitamin E regulates the blood (thickens or thins depending on need.)
Gui Pi Wan – Standard Chinese herbal for chronic bleeding.
Avoid cold food and icy drinks – they weaken the blood vessels
Glaucoma – Add these to Nutrients for All Eye Diseases
Brilliant Vision consists of antioxidants and other eye nutrients and is especially helpful for Glaucoma patients. In the case of Glaucoma, it is important to increase your intake of antioxidants, such as seanol-P, grapeseed extract, vitamin E and C.
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan – Standard Chinese herbal for Glaucoma
Natural Drops for Pressure – 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. raw honey
1 – 2 Tbsp. distilled or filtered water
*** These drops are not a substitute for your glaucoma prescription. Do not discontinue your prescription drops for glaucoma without talking to your eye doctor. If you are not taking a prescription for glaucoma pressure, these drops may help to keep pressure more stable
Retinitis Pigmentosa – – Add these to Nutrients for All Eye Diseases
Taurine is important for the health of the rods (Lutein helps the cones)
Collagen is like the glue that holds the body’s tissue together, including the eye. It is especially important when there is a possibility of retinal detachment.
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan – Standard herbal for most degenerative eye diseases.