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A Comprehensive Program of Glaucoma Dietary Supplements

What follows is my personal approach to glaucoma supplementation. I have arrived at this approach after decades of intense personal study (on top of my education in biochemistry).

Complementary Therapy for the Treatment of Glaucoma by Robert Ritch

Submitted by rritch on Sat, 02/13/2010 - 11:02am

by Robert Ritch, MD

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, and The New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Supported in part by the Joseph and Marilyn Rosen Research Fund of the New York Glaucoma Research Institute

Corresponding author: Robert Ritch, MD, Glaucoma Associates of New York, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 310 East 14th Street suite 304, New York, NY, 10003

Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy characterized by a specific pattern of optic nerve head and visual field damage. Damage to the visual system in glaucoma is due to the death of the retinal ganglion cells, the axons of which comprise the optic nerve and carry the visual impulses from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma represents a final common pathway resulting from a number of different conditions that can affect the eye, many of which are associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). It is important to realize that elevated IOP is not synonymous with glaucoma, but rather is the most important risk factor we know of for the development and/or progression of glaucomatous damage.

Special Glaucoma Nutraceuticals

  David's Recommended Product
Description Dose
OptiMSM 1000 mg MSM 90 caps by Paradise Herbs

David's Extra Supplements

  David's Recommended Product
Description Dose
Liver Rescue + 120 vcaps by HealthForce

David's Glaucoma Nutraceuticals

  David's Recommended Product
Description Dose
PeaPure 180 caps PEA Dietary Supplement

Best Glaucoma Nutraceuticals For Stopping Glaucoma Progression

Item   David's Recommended Product
Description Dose

Best Natural Glaucoma Dietary Supplements

This is my primary supplement program. But don't be tempted to rely solely on supplements instead of superfruits and superfoods.

Best Glaucoma Superfoods For Healthy Vision

I add many of these to my green salad superfood. See my salad superfood recipe if you want to make a salad. However, you can use these superfood ingredients in many different foods. The list below is roughly divided into two sections. The top section contains ingredients I often add to my salad superfood. The lower section contains foods

Researchers strike gold - saffron found to help vision loss in elderly

EDITOR: "All patients experienced improvements in their vision while taking the saffron pill."

The golden herb saffron may hold the key to preventing the loss of sight in the elderly, a world first trial by researchers at the University of Sydney and in Italy has found.

Melatonin and Glaucoma

Melatonin is a hormone synthesized in both plants and animals from the amino acid L-tryptophan. In mammals, such as humans, it is secreted by the pineal gland -- and by the retina -- and modulates the body's sleep pattern (and much more). Melatonin production in the body is triggered by darkness and inhibited by light, helping the body manage its natural rhythm. It is available over the counter as a dietary supplement in the United States.

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