~Cataracts, Part 4 - Summary & Integrated Protocol

  • Scientific Summary
  • Lifestyle Changes
This protocol provides information about cataracts; its nature, etiology, physiology, pathophysiology, and current treatments. Nutritional approaches to protecting the eye and preventing or slowing cataract progression of cataracts is provided. This information on cataracts and nutritional supplements should enable the reader to understand the beneficial effects of nutrition on cataract prevention.

Scientific Summary

The most widely accepted conventional surgical treatment is removal of the lens and implantation of an artificial lens (IOL). Surgical treatment is recommended when a cataract progresses to the point that it impairs visual function. Before this point is reached, conventional medicine often takes a "watchful waiting" approach, considering cataracts to be an age-related, unfortunate, but inevitable, fact of life. In contrast are a growing contingent of physicians, researchers, and nutritional scientists who have a more proactive view of cataract prevention and treatment. This holistic approach to maintain healthy lens function and eye health includes awareness of risk factors (e.g., smoking, alcohol, and sunlight), compliance with a sensible diet (e.g., low-fat, high-fiber), exercising, and nutritional therapy specifically for the eye.

Lifestyle Changes

Wear protective eyewear and avoid the following risk factors:
  • Avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to sunlight (particularly UV radiation), and excessive exposure to X-ray and gamma irradiation.
  • Life Extension's Solarshield sunglasses to protect from:
    • blue and UV radiation
    • preservation of essential macular pigments

Supplement Recommendations
  • Glutathione: 500 mg daily
  • Vitamin C: 500 mg daily
  • Vitamin B2: 50–150 mg daily
  • Selenium: 200–400 mcg daily
  • Vitamin E: 400 IU daily
  • Gamma E Tocopherol w/Sesame Lignans: 1 softgel daily
  • R-dihydro-lipoic acid: 150–300 mg daily
  • N-acetyl-cysteine: 600 mg daily
  • Melatonin: 300 mcg–3 mg at bedtime
  • Vitamin B6: 50-250 mg daily
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine arginate: three-four capsules daily
  • Aminoguanidine: 150–300 mg daily
  • Carnosine: 500–1000 mg daily
  • Life Extension Mix: 3 tablets, 3 times daily, provide N-acetyl-cysteine, selenium, inositol, vitamins B2, B6, C, and E, bioflavonoids, and many other antioxidants and anti-glycating nutrients.
  • Brite Eyes II: One-two drops in each eye daily
  • Lutein Plus: One tablespoon daily taken with a fatty meal.
  • Super Zeaxanthin with Lutein: One-two capsules daily.
  • Coenzyme Q10: 100–200 mg daily
  • Potassium: 400 mg daily, but consult your physician
  • Magnesium: 800 mg daily
  • Gingko biloba: 120 mg daily
  • Bilberry: 100 mg daily
  • Kyolic Reserve Garlic: One-three capsules daily
Note: Many of the nutrients suggested may be contained in the Life Extension Mix

For More Information, contact the National Eye Health Education Program of the National Institutes of Health, (301) 496-5248, or the American Society of Cataract Surgery, (703) 591-2220.

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