Complete Nutrition and Eye Health: Throw Away Those Lutein Supplements
Of our five senses, eyesight is surely the most precious and life-enriching. Losing
the ability to read or just view a sunset would be devastating.
The aging process itself can be damaging to eyesight. Without adequate intake of
antioxidants, free radical attacks can cause an ailment called age-related macular
degeneration. Another drawback of aging is the slowing of "dark adaptation,"
meaning how quickly eyes can adjust from light to dark. Chinese scientists found that
wolfberries significantly improved dark adaptation in test subjects who consumed 50
grams of wolfberries daily for thirty-four days.1
Zeaxanthin for Eye Health
Egg Yolk - 1,253
Dried NingXia Wolfberry - 27,800
Pick up any commercial multivitamin bottle and you’ll see lutein prominently
mentioned for eye health. But of the eye preserving caroteinoids (vitamin A components),
research has shown that zeaxanthin has far stronger biological activity. A chart in
Discovery of the Ultimate Superfood shows that the highest regular food source
for zeaxanthin is egg yolk, measuring 1,253 mcg per 100 grams. But there is a source
that makes egg yolks a very distant second! One hundred grams of dried Ningxia wolfberries
contain 27,800 mcg of zeaxanthin!2
Recent research indicates that foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin can lower
risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness.
NingXia Red is also brimming with eye-supporting polyphenols (like ellagic acid)
and minerals like zinc and magnesium. Vitamin C is particularly beneficial for ocular
health, along with the amino acid taurine—also found in NingXia Red.
Macular Degeneration and Diabetes:
The Glycemic Impact of the Ningxia Wolfberry
Marc Schreuder at the 2005 Young Living National Convention
Sources: Power Learning Library - Volume II or Training CD #74
A Kansas State University researcher is exploring the use of Chinese wolfberries to improve vision deficiencies that are common for type-2 diabetics. The in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that the wolfberry's phytochemicals protect the retinal pigment epithelial cells from hyperglycemia, or high glucose. The findings show that the fruit has local effects on oxidative stress, reactivates the enzyme AMPK and reduces endoplasmic reticulum stress. "AMPK is a key enzyme in the balance of cell energy homeostasis," Lin said. "The outcome of the current research will lead to the development of dietary regimens in prevention of an eye disease."
1. Li Xueru, et al., "Clinical Experiment on Lycium,"
Bulletin on Achievements in Scientific and Technological Research. Serial 84, No.
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