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Triphala may help glaucoma

I was just reading an article here about the Ayurvedic herbal formula triphala. It's a good article.

The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samnita says that Triphala is,

"a rasayana for the eyes (netra ruja apaharini), and helps prevent eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts."

One of the three ingredients in Triphala is Amalaki. The article says,

"Amalaki is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and is the most concentrated and absorbable source of the vitamin in the plant kingdom."

That is incorrect. It is based on some very old and completely faulty research. The research actually counted a whole group of bioflavonoids as "Vitamin C," thereby grossly inflating the actual value.

The article then goes on to say,

ALA helped to cure my glaucoma - I don't think so!

I'm looking into Alpha-lipoic acid. I have used it in the past and I want to try it again, this time while closely monitoring my IOP. As part of my research, I just ran across "ALA helped to cure my glaucoma" at What Doctors Don't Tell You (Volume 15, Issue 5).

The article is based on Patricia Knox's story which I quote below:

Ancient Ayurvedic Herb Lowers Intraocular Pressure by Reducing Aqueous Inflow

This article is one of three I have written on the subject of Coleus Forskholii. The other two are:

Take a look at all my latest intraocular pressure research on

Makandi (Coleus Forskholii) is one of the most broadly useful herbs of Ayurveda, but until recently it was not well-known in the West. So wide-ranging are its therapeutic applications that it has been called a pharmacopaea in a single plant.

How Can I Get Enough Vitamin A and Carotenoids for Peak Vision Health?

We need vitamin A and the carotenoids for peak health of our visual system.

However, several large scale studies have shown that taking supplemental vitamin A or beta-carotene is not a good idea.

What does this mean for those of use with vision problems?

First, I think it is a mistake to single out beta-carotene or vitamin A as culprits. The same caution should apply to lutein, zeaxanthin, and possibly every other individual carotenoid we can name. Remember, it took a long time before we figured out that supplemental beta-carotene carried risks. Even though some studies are now showing that lutein by itself has benefits, we should not forget what we have learned from other research. It seems imprudent to take any one of these carotenoids in isolation. The same caveat applies to taking supplements (such as multivitamins or products formulated for vision) that contain several of these isolated carotenoids.

Cooking Conversions Calculator - very functional

in has a handy conversion tool online. It is nice because it converts from volumes to weights (and vice versa) for specific foods. I used it today to figure out how much Vitamin A I am getting from the ghee that I eat.

Here is a description from their site:


Ghee lowers cholesterol

In my prior post, I related my experience with consuming ghee for a year. At the end of the year, my heart health improved in every way (including a lower level of "bad" plasma cholesterol).

I just ran across a study that confirms my experience. (UPDATE: this study also answers the question I raised in my prior post.) Here is the abstract and reference:

J Nutr Biochem. 2000 Feb;11(2):69-75. 
Hypocholesterolemic effect of anhydrous milk fat ghee is mediated by increasing the secretion of biliary lipids.

Kumar MV, Sambaiah K, Lokesh BR.

Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, India