The human eye is uniquely equipped to stay young in appearance and health late into life (thanks to the heightened expression of the enzyme telomerase) but not without good nutrition!
The gradual clouding of the lens inside of the eye which leads to a decrease in vision – even blindness – is called a cataract. It is believed to be an inevitable part of aging, but it has clearly modifiable risk factors and natural interventions that can be used to slow and even reverse its progression, such as:
1. Avoid Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs: It has been known from animal research for over two decades that statin drugs have the potential to cause the progressive clouding over of the lens of the eye known as cataract, and which is the most common cause of blindness., Post-marketing surveillance of statin drug users also shows that when taken, either alone or in combination with other drugs which inhibit their metabolism,  these drugs increase the risk of cataract in those who take them. One of the identified mechanisms for the cataractogenic potential of these drugs is that they are able to gain systemic distribution throughout the body, passing through the blood-brain-barrier and entering the eye itself – particularly the outer cortical region of the lens where cholesterol synthesis is critical – thereby producing lens damage. For more information read our article “Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Eye Damage, JAMA Study Confirms Anew” or view the statin citations on our Cataract page.
2. Curcumin (Turmeric extract): A solid body of evidence focusing on the beneficial effects of curcumin in the animal model of cataract formation reveals that this highly therapeutic polyphenol — which gives turmeric its golden hue – is able to protect against the formation of cataracts., , , , , , , ,