Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the US only behind macular degeneration. It is caused by a build-up of fluid in the eye that puts pressure on the optic nerve, retina, and lens. The pressure can permanently damage the eye if not treated.
The cause is the accumulation of waste related to aging, high blood pressure, prescription drugs, and other eye-related illnesses. Medical treatment is essential to prevent further damage.
To start to improve and prevent glaucoma try these glaucoma natural treatments.
Top Foods for Glaucoma Diet
Here is the glaucoma natural treatment diet:
Foods high in carotenoids – Orange and yellow vegetables are critical to provide sufficient vitamin A to keep eyes healthy. Check out these foods highest in antioxidants.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices – Juices will provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep eyes healthy.
Blueberries and cherries – These two super fruits cherries and blueberries contain anthocyanidin that can help fight free radicals that damage eyes.
Wild caught fish – EPA/DHA fatty acids and Astaxanthin found in wild caught salmon improve eye health.
Brewer’s yeast – Provides chromium, a mineral that has been shown to be beneficial for people with glaucoma.
Foods to Avoid
Food allergies – May be responsible for putting pressure on the eyes, avoid any foods that cause a reaction.
Caffeine – Has been shown to reduce blood flow to the eyes.
Alcohol – Liver toxicity can lead to eye problems, therefore it is best to avoid alcohol.
Sugar – Consuming foods high in sugar can cause premature aging of eyes and increase the risk of diabetes and glaucoma.
Glaucoma Natural Treatment
Here are the top 5 natural treatments for glaucoma and remedies:
#1 Bilberry (160 mg 2x daily)
This anthocyanoside extract helps improve blood flow and contains flavonoids that help support eye function.
#2 Astaxanthin (2 mg per day)
Astaxanthin a potent carotenoid, that can help prevent retinal damage.
#3 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily)
Aim for least 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg DHA to help relieve intraocular pressure.
#4 CoQ10 (300 mg daily)
An antioxidant that can help prevent free radical damage to the eyes.
#5 Magnesium (250 mg 2x daily)
Relaxes the blood vessel walls and improves blood flow.
Essential Oils for Glaucoma
Frankincense oil has been demonstrated to improve eyesight, helichrysum oil improves vision and supports nerve tissue and cypress essential oil improve circulation which can improve glaucoma. Apply 3 drops of any of these essential oils 2x daily on cheeks and lateral eye area but do not put directly into eyes.
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