Are you suffering from poor eyesight? Lasik or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery can be very expensive. Wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses can be a hassle sometimes, especially when you're involved in rigorous activity. So what else can you do to improve your eyesight? You can actually take herbal supplements. If this concept is new to you, read on for some tips on how you can actually improve your eyesight with an herbal supplement.
Here are some therapeutic herbs that are used to improve poor eyesight.
- Billberry extract. Billberries are also known as European blueberries. Studies show that consuming billberries may inhibit or reverse some eye disorders like macular degeneration or the loss of vision in the macula because of a damaged retina. Bilberries are also used to lower risks for the heart and cardiovascular system, and cancer, because of its dense levels of anthocyanin pigments.
- Rooibos. The rooibos plant is usually used to make herbal teas. It has high levels of antioxidants, it has no caffeine, and it has low tannin levels. It is also used to treat nervous tensions, allergies and asthma, digestive problems like colic, and dermatological problems.
- Mahonia Grape Extract. The mahonia grape is also known as Oregon grape. Studies show that mahonia grape contains an MDR or multi-drug pump inhibitor called 5'MHC or 5'methoxyhydnocarpin. This MDR inhibitor decreases bacterial resistance to antibiotics and antibacterial agents. Aside from helping improve eyesight, mahonia grape is also used as a diuretic, a laxative, and a tonic. It is also used to treat inflammations caused by skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
Here are some nutrients that you can take to help improve your eyesight.
- Vitamin E is fat-soluble and contains a lot of antioxidants. Foods containing high levels of vitamin E are asparagus, avocados, eggs, milks, nuts, red palm oils, seeds, green leafy vegetables, wheat germ and wholegrain foods.
- Vitamin C is also known as L-ascorbic acid. It is an antioxidant, and it protects the body against free radicals. Vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy. Foods containing high levels of vitamin C are papayas, strawberries, grapes, apricots, plums, watermelon, liver, oysters, roe, and milk. Most energy drinks also contain Vitamin C.
- Zinc is a chemical element that is usually included in most vitamin and mineral supplements. It is also an anti-oxidant, which prevents premature aging of the skin. It also helps speed up the body's healing process after an injury. Zinc is also a major ingredient included in sunscreens, diaper ointments, toothpastes and medicines against halitosis, as well as in anti-dandruff shampoos.
- Fish Oil. Fish oil is made from the tissues of oily fishes. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, EPA or eicosapentaenoic acids, DHA or docosahexaenoic acids, and precursors to eicosanoids that reduce inflammations in the body. Fish oils are also used as supplements to help regulate cholesterol, to help reduce the risk of depression and suicide, to help protect the brain from cognitive problems linked with Alzheimer's disease, to help patients with coronary heart disease, to prevent hypertriglyceridemia, to prevent secondary cardiovascular disease, and to prevent high blood pressure. These are usually available in liquid encased soft gel capsules.
Taking all these supplements separately can be very expensive. You can actually look for supplements that contain most of these in one product. Commonly known herbal supplement stores are GNC and Nature's Way. There are also some that offer discount herbal supplements like Herbal Remedies, or VitaNet. Also remember to maintain a healthy diet. Do not totally depend on supplements for your health.
Too much of herbal supplements can be a bad thing too. You may suffer an overdose even from these products. Always consult a doctor before taking and combining herbal supplements to make sure that you're getting just the right dosage.