Lowering your Eye Pressure and Dealing with Glaucoma
Glaucoma can be a serious issue and it should not be ignored but promptly dealt with. There are some natural approaches that you can take. Below are a few things for your consideration to help you with your eye health.
Diet is Important
Eat foods rich in carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Good sources are green leafy vegetables (also cucumbers and corn), egg yolks and healthy fat. Lutein is an oil-soluble nutrient, and if you merely consume the above vegetables without some oil or butter you can’t absorb the lutein very well. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help keep your eyes healthy. Read labels and avoid trans-fats as they may contribute to macular degeneration and it interferes with Omega 3’s in our body. Trans fat is found in many processed foods and baked goods, including margarine, shortening, fried foods like French fries, fried chicken and doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers. Get vitamin A in your diet which is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, cantaloupe, green leafy vegetables, and tropical fruits.
Lowering your Eye Pressure
There are some practical steps you can take to lower your eye pressure. You want to lower insulin levels which lower blood pressure, and possibly lower your eye pressure. When insulin levels increase it has the opposite negative effect. Research indicates insulin resistance which is common in people with diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure is linked to elevated eye pressure. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to lower your insulin levels. A consistent program with aerobic exercise program and strength training can go a long way toward reducing your insulin levels and protecting your vision. Vitamin C can be helpful in lowering pressure by increased blood osmolality, a process drawing fluid from the eye and into the blood. It also diminishes production of eye fluid, and improves fluid outflow.
Supplements to Consider
- The following are suggestions for your consideration to take on a daily basis.
- Vitamin C: 1,000 mg three times a day.
- Astaxanthin: Take at least 2 mg per day.
- Fish oil: Take l,000 mg twice a day (with EPA and DHA) to help reduce eye pressure.
- CoQ10: Take 300 mg a day.
- Magnesium: Take 250 mg twice a day. Helps relax blood vessels and improve blood flow.
It is important to be consistent in all these areas. Your eye health is very important and it is worth fighting for.