Glaucoma diet

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•  Because maintenance of nerve tissues requires adequate thiamine, deficiency of thiamine could, in theory, promote damage to the optic nerve by the increasing pressure in glaucoma. Preliminary medical research to investigate this theory did show that giving thiamine and B-complex vitamins improved the vision of people with early stages of glaucoma. Recommendation: If you have borderline glaucoma or are at risk because of family history for it, take 100 mg thiamine per day along with 50 to 100 mg B-complex.

•  Glaucoma dietDeficiency of vitamin C may cause an increase in eye pressures. Supplementation with extremely high doses of vitamin C (500 mg per kilogram of body weight, or a dose of 35 grams in a 150-pound adult) reduced pressures in 100% of patients tested, but this dose exceeded the bowel tolerance level (see discussion of Vitamin C in the A-to-Z Nutrient listings) for most of the people studied. Doses significantly less than that (but still large doses) reduced eye pressures in most of the participants in another medical study within 6 weeks to a level sufficient to reduce or discontinue prescription medications. Recommendation: The doses of vitamin C needed to reduce pressure in your eyes are high. Refer to the following discussion of this vitamin to learn how to slowly increase your dose to a level your bowel will tolerate. Use crystalline (powdered) vitamin C for ease of dosing and for ease on your stomach. Each teaspoon of the powder contains 4 grams of vitamin C. Begin by mixing 1/4 teaspoon with citrus juice or a sugar-free citrus beverage at bedtime. (A carbonated one works particularly well to mix the powder into solution more completely.) Increase to 1/4 teaspoon morning and night. Then increase each dose to 1/2 teaspoon, 3/4 teaspoon, and then 1 teaspoon on weekly intervals. Finally, if you've not reached bowel tolerance and weigh more than 150 pounds, add an additional dose at midday, increasing it as before from 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and finally 1 full teaspoon. At this point, you will be taking 12 grams per day. If you have still not reached bowel tolerance, add a fourth dose in the same manner until you maximize intake at 1 teaspoon four times per day. Work in conjunction with your eye specialist, who can check pressures as you go. Do not discontinue your prescription medications unless instructed to do so as your pressures fall.

• Glaucoma diet: When you become deficient in vitamin A, the pressure in your eyes can increase. Supplementing with vitamin A can reduce the pressure. Refer to the discussion of this vitamin in Section we for other typical symptoms of deficiency. If you show other symptoms of deficiency of this vitamin, supplementation may help. Because your body stores vitamin A, taking too much can be dangerous. A safer alternative to vitamin A is to supplement with beta-carotene, the vitamin A relative that your body can turn into vitamin A as it needs it. Recommendation: You may take 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin A daily, or take 30,000 to 45,000 IU of beta-carotene daily.

• Zinc is essential in activating vitamin A from the liver and has been beneficial in glaucoma therapy. Recommendation: Take 50 mg daily.

•  Glaucoma dietGlutathione is a potent antioxidant that protects the lens and maintains the molecular integrity of the lens fiber membranes. Recommendation: Take 500 mg twice daily on an empty stomach.

• Glaucoma diet: Rutin, one of the bioflavonoids with vitamin-like actions, also seems to reduce eye pressures in people with open-angle glaucoma In medical studies, pressures in the eyes fell by 15% or more with supplementation. Recommendation: Take rutin 50 mg 3 times a day for a minimum of 4 weeks to assess your response.

•  Chromium deficiency is frequently found in cells of people who suffer from open-angle glaucoma. We could find no information about studies under way to determine whether supplementing chromium will reduce the elevated pressure, but they are bound to follow this initial report, which appeared in 1991. This association would be especially important for people who also have a risk for other eye problems with diabetes. Recommendation: Take 200 micrograms chromium picolinate per day. Ultimately, higher doses may prove even more beneficial, but the data as yet don't justify a greater than normal degree of supplementation.

 
 
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