The "Ideal Eye Formula"
The aim of this major research review was to identify antioxidants
most suitable for including in an ideal eye formula useful for people
with a family history of glaucoma, cataract, or age-related macular
degeneration. Also for individuals whose lifestyle exposes them to
greater risk of these eye diseases due to smoking, poor nutrition,
and high levels of sun exposure. It would also be suitable for people
with early stages of age-related eye disease.
B-Complex vitamins have been linked to a reduction in the risk of cataract and vitamin C has ability to protect from cataract. Vitamin
E has evidence of decreasing ocular disease. Improved vision and
eye function in patients with age-related macular degeneration have
been noted with both Lutein and Zeaxanthin supplements. Selenium
reduced the risk of cataract and activates Glutathione related enzymes,
which protect the eye tissue cells from free radical damage. The
study is published in the July 2004 issue of the journal Ophthalmic
and Physiological Optics.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph
Zinc, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene, NAC, and Bilberry are also essential
to the perfect eye formula in my opinion. Ginkgo Biloba and Fenugreek
have a place in glaucoma. Magnesium, Taurine, GliSODin SOD,
Pyridoxamine, L-Carnosine, and small amounts of Copper and Manganese
are very valuable.
Sulforaphane Inhibits Radiation Induced Skin Cancer
Ultraviolet radiation promotes skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation
stimulates activity of a chemical known as activator protein-1 in
the skin. This activator protein-1 is a strong promoter of skin
cancer. Exposing human keratin skin cells to ultraviolet radiation
triggered a large increase in activator protein-1 activity.
Sulforaphane prevented the increased activity of this cancer
causing activator protein-1 by blocking its attachment to the skin
cells. The study appears in the November 2004 issue of the journal