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Boost your body’s natural defenses in your quest for better vision

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Before you go under the knife or expose your eyes to expensive laser treatment, consider boosting your body’s supply of a natural substance that can help you gain sharper vision and healthier eyes.

Glutathione is the name of this natural “wonder drug.”

Glutathione acts as an antioxidant, immune system booster and detoxifier — all in one. It can help your body repair damage caused by stress, pollution, radiation, infection, drugs, poor diet, aging, injury, trauma and burns.

Among its many talents, glutathione plays a leading role in maintaining good vision and eye health by supporting flexible lenses and the health of the retinal area. Glutathione is a tiny molecule found in almost every cell in your body. It’s unable to enter most cells, so it has to be manufactured from inside each individual cell using three constituent amino acids: glycine, glutamate and cysteine.

Unfortunately, like certain other body functions, glutathione production decreases with age. It has been shown that a reduced level of glutathione increases vulnerability to cataracts and macular degeneration.

Glutathione transports calcium, potassium and sodium in and out of the lens.

It prevents oxidation in certain proteins. It also retards the breakdown of DNA within the lens. Declining levels of glutathione result in hardened, inflexible lenses and the inevitable vision problems that go with them.

The building materials your body needs to manufacture glutathione can be supplied to some degree by the foods you eat. Include in your diet cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy, cress, mustard, horseradish, turnips, rutabagas, and kohlrabi. Other foods useful for glutathione production include eggs, fresh fruits, dark red vegetables, dark green vegetables like spinach, berries, nuts and seafood.

You can also boost your glutathione supply with building-block supplements such as these daily supplements and dosages:

  • Amino acids: Glycine (100 mg), cysteine (200 mg), glutamine (150 mg).
  • Triphala Complex (phyllanthus emilica, terminalia belerica, terminalia chebula): 50 mg.
  • Bilberry standardized extract: 80 mg.
  • Vitamin C: 300 mg.
  • Rutin: 20 mg.
  • Vitamin E (natural): 400 IU twice a day.
  • Vitamin A: 500 to 1,000 IU.
  • Lutein: 12 mg.
  • Zeaxanthin: 600 mcg.
  • Selenium: 200 mcg -250 mcg.
  • Carrot powder (root): 50 mg.
  • Zinc: 15mg -60 mg.
  • Vitamins B1 and B2 (natural): 25 mg.

In addition to taking supplements, you should limit your intake of sugar and avoid aspirin. Both act to counteract the beneficial effects of the supplements.

Sugars — including sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose, lactose and all other sugar forms — tend to move fluid in the eye into the lens, thus impairing vision. Aspirin reduces your blood’s ability to clot. If small blood vessels rupture in the retinal area, aspirin inhibits normal ability to fix the leak, resulting in vision impairment.

You can also take glutathione supplements directly, but some scientists suggest that the body probably does not absorb it very efficiently when taken orally. It is more effective taken intravenously, but it’s more practical just to supply the necessary raw materials and let your body produce its own supply of glutathione.

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