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Study Confirms Radical Vision Breakthrough
A few years ago, doctors in Germany announced a remarkable discovery. They had learned how to reverse certain type of “irreversible” vision loss. Working with a small group of patients with vision problems, they had actually reversed the effects of optic nerve damage.
Science had always thought this type of vision loss was permanent. Yet these doctors had apparently shown that belief was wrong. And now they’ve done it again. Their new, even larger study confirms this radical vision breakthrough.
Undoing “Permanent” Vision Loss
In 2011, doctors from the University of Magdeburg recruited 42 volunteers. All had suffered optic nerve damage and had reduced vision. Doctors carefully measured their visual abilities before and after the study.
Half the group participated in rtACS – repetitive, transorbital alternating current stimulation. They received low levels of an alternating electric current from electrodes placed near their eyes.
Each day, for 10 days, this group received the electrical stimulation for 10 – 20 minutes per eye. After 10 days, their vision loss was reduced by an average of 41%.1
To ensure the study produced fair and accurate results, the doctors took two steps:
• The 2nd half of the group went through an identical process – except it was a sham. This 2nd group wasn’t given the rtACS through the electrodes.
• None of the volunteers – or the doctors who performed the rtACS – knew who was or was not receiving the stimulation.
This is called a “double-blind” study. It’s the gold standard of research. And because the sham group didn’t show improvement, it seemed to show that rtACS could actually reverse “irreversible” vision loss.
But it gets better.
New Study Confirms rtACS Can Improve Vision
A study team – including most of the original scientists – just completed another, larger study of rtACS. In this study, they used 82 volunteers, with vision problems mostly similar to those in the first group.
Once again, they split the group in two, giving some rtACS and others sham “stimulation.” As in the earlier study, noone directly involved in the work knew who was in which group. And, once again, doctors measured all volunteers’ visual abilities before and after the study.
After 10 days of the same routine as before, the results were very much the same as in the first study. The rtACS group saw big improvements, while the sham group didn’t. But this time, doctors also looked at the rtACS group two months later.
The visual improvements remained.2
The doctors think these improvements are linked to “residual capacity” – untapped abilities of the volunteers’ nerves switched on by the electrical stimulation.
Promoting Healthy Vision for the Rest of Us
These results are remarkable. They suggest for a relatively small group of people – those with optic nerve damage – improved vision is a real possibility. rtACS may be available before too long.
But most people’s vision problems aren’t caused by damage to their optic nerve. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you can’t promote clear vision, sharp focus, and vivid colors.
Decades of research have pinpointed antioxidants and other nutrients your body can use to preserve or rebuild the delicate tissues in your eyes. Give your eyes enough of these nutrients, and you could keep your vision strong and clear for years to come.
Two Nutrients to Block UV Damage
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are probably the #1 cause of eye damage. It’s because of how your eye works. When it lets light in, your eye doesn’t just let in the visible spectrum. There are light rays outside the visible spectrum – rays like UV.
UV radiation creates free radicals when it strikes your body’s cells – especially the sensitive cells in your eyes. To counter this damage, each eye has a special filter, called “macular pigment.”
Your macular pigment absorbs the UV rays, blocking them from striking the super-sensitive rod and cone cells lining the back of your eyes. (These light-sensitive cells send the messages to your brain that become the image you see.)
Macular pigment consists of just two natural compounds: lutein and zeaxanthin.
Getting more of these nutrients is proven to thicken your macular pigment… thus providing more protection from UV damage.3
Eating a variety of dark vegetables – especially dark leafy greens – can boost your levels of lutein. Zeaxanthin is less common. Orange peppers and goji berries are fairly good sources. But a nutritional supplement may be the best way to get significant amounts of this antioxidant.
Other helpful antioxidants may be easier to get…
Your First Line of Defense for Maintaining Healthy Vision
Goji berries are delicious, but they grow in the Himalayas… and cost about $1 an ounce. So you’ll probably be happy to know that some “ordinary” antioxidants are key to vision health.
Many studies have revealed a combination of antioxidants that provide powerful defenses for your eyes.
Vitamins A, C, and E all act as antioxidants. And all are naturally present in your eyes in fairly high amounts. Especially vitamin C. Zinc – a mineral key to many enzymes – is also an antioxidant. And combining it with antioxidant vitamins supports ongoing eye health.4
Since high levels of vitamin A can be toxic, a supplement with Beta-carotene makes a good substitute. Beta-carotene is non-toxic, and your body can convert it to vitamin A as needed.
So adding these vitamins and zinc to your list of vision defenders is a good move. Pumpkin seeds and oysters are good sources of zinc. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables should boost your antioxidant vitamin intake.
Beyond these basics, other nutrients provide extra vision defense.
Stop the Irritation That Can Cause Eye Damage
I’ve often written about the systemic irritation that’s linked to health problems like heart trouble, joint pain, and so much more. But your eyes are prone to local irritation. (“Tired, red eyes” are more than tired.)
That’s why it’s important to defend against this problem. And one type of nutrient seems to be especially good at building your defenses.
You may have heard of bilberry as a way to promote healthy night vision. But bilberries can also fight the effects of irritation in your eyes.
Bilberries are rich in anthocyanins – particularly powerful plant antioxidants. Animal studies show these antioxidants are an effective defense against irritation that can cause damage to the retina.
A Japanese animal study demonstrated bilberry extract defends the light-sensitive retina from irritation and lowered the number of free radicals in these delicate tissues.
Together, these natural compounds provide a comprehensive vision defense. But eating all the right foods to get enough of each can be a hassle. (Oysters in bilberry sauce?)
The Easy Way to Defend Your Vision
Eating bushels of all the right fruits and vegetables can provide a comprehensive defense for your eyes. But promoting healthy vision shouldn’t be a full-time job.
That’s why I formulated Visanol, a complete vision-support supplement.
Visanol contains all the nutrients I mentioned here… plus more than a dozen other vision defenders. Vision nutrients like quercetin, rutin, and alpha-lipoic acid.
You could spend your whole week planning a menu that includes all the nutrients in Visanol. But I’m betting you have better things to do. Which is why I created this formula.
You shouldn’t have to waste your time trying to balance your diet for every need. But you shouldn’t have to take unnecessary chances, either. With the ingredients in Visanol, you don’t have to do either.
Discover more about vision health and Visanol at BestLife-Herbals.com.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Gall, C., et al, “Non-Invasive Current Stimulation Improves Sight and Quality of Life in Patients with Optic Nerve Damage,” Brain Stimulation. Oct 2011; 4(4): 175-188.
2 “Current Stimulation of the Brain Restores Vision in Patients with Glaucoma and Optic Nerve Damage Randomized, clinical trial shows that modulating brain plasticity offers a promising avenue for vision restoration and rehabilitation,” University of Magdeburg, via Newswise. Jun 27, 2016.
3 Bone, R.A., et al, “Lutein and zeaxanthin dietary supplements raise macular pigment density and serum concentrations of these carotenoids in humans,” J Nutr. Apr 2003; 133(4): 992-998.
4 Chew, E.Y., et al, “Long-term effects of vitamins C and E, β-carotene, and zinc on age-related macular degeneration: AREDS report no. 35,” Ophthalmology. Aug 2013; 120(8): 1604-1611.
5 Miyake, S., et al, “Vision preservation during retinal inflammation by anthocyanin-rich bilberry extract: cellular and molecular mechanism,” Laboratory Investigation (2012) 92, 102-109.
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and disease.
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