A proper defense system is needed to protect against the invaders that can damage eye health. We know that they exist and the best way to protect our eye health is to stop them before they have a chance to do any damage.
The Danger of Oxidative Stress
It is essential that we protect our eyes against oxidative stress which can cause damage at the cellular level. “The term is used to describe the condition of oxidative damage resulting when the critical balance between free radical generation and antioxidant defenses is unfavorable.” (1) In essence when the free radicals are greater than our antioxidant defenses. Free radicals are a large contributor to cataracts. (2) Free radicals can greatly affect our health and the missing electron which forms the free radical is largely responsible for the process of biological oxidation. “If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, a condition known as oxidative stress ensues. Free radicals thus adversely alter lipids, proteins, and DNA and trigger a number of human diseases.” (1)
Our Four Levels of Defense
It is important to build up your defenses. We have 4 primary levels of defense. Getting the proper nutrients is important so our defense system is strong and operates at the highest level. The first level of defense is preventative antioxidants and they suppress the formation of free radicals. For this type glutathione is suggested. The second level of defense is scavenging antioxidants. They will donate an electron to break up the chain reaction process. For this I suggest you to use ascorbate C (buffered vitamin C) which should be buffered with zinc, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Ascorbate C helps you retain glutathione longer at the cellular level. Ascorbate C can also help reduce the chance of getting cataracts. (3) The third level of defense is the repair and de novo antioxidants. “Proteolytic enzymes that are present in the cytosol and in the mitochondria of mammalian cells, recognize, degrade, and remove oxidative modified proteins and prevent the accumulation of oxidized proteins.” (1) The fourth level of defense is adaptation. I call this the 911 system of antioxidant protection. Adaptation is where the signal will send the appropriate antioxidant to the right place to perform the repair. (1)
It is important that we get the supplements and make our defense system a high priority in our health.