Glaucoma – optic nerve damage – affects around 70 million people worldwide. With more and more people taking to vitamins and supplements in order to optimise their health levels we look into whether supplements can help to reduce the risk or progression of glaucoma.
One leading cause in the development of glaucoma is oxidative stress which is an imbalance between the oxidants and antioxidants in the eye. Antioxidants prevent high levels of oxygen from causing damage in cells; which, if it takes place in the retinal cells, could eventually lead to glaucoma – therefore it is essential to have a equal balance of oxidants and antioxidants.
There is, of course, medical treatment for glaucoma however it is important to consider vitamins and supplements alongside this treatment for optimal results.
Here are the supplements found to have helped patients alongside traditional treatment for glaucoma:
One particular form of Vitamin B12 is used in the central nervous system to help regenerate damaged cells. Studies have shown that Vitamin B supplements can prevent progression in glaucoma.
There are high concentrations of Vitamin C found in the eye: in the cornea, lens, retina and the aqueous humour in particularly high levels. Vitamin C is extremely effective in its role as an antioxidant and can help to balance the levels of oxidant and antioxidants.
Vitamin E helps to balance the levels of antioxidants and oxidants as well as playing a part in the immune system and its functions.
Omega 3 fatty acids also contain antioxidant properties helping to keep an equal balance.
At Approved Vitamins we sell a wide range of Vitamins B, C and E as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. To find out whether you may benefit from supplements and vitamins book a consultation with one of our nutritionists.