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,

"Because of its high content of Vitamin C, Amalaki is a powerful antioxidant."

Again, this is not correct. However, it is also not completely false. Amalaki is a powerful antioxidant, but not because it has an extremely high amount of Vitamin C. Amalaki has a whole host of powerful antioxidants along with a modest amount of Vitamin C.

The article gets this part right:

"Scientific research shows that Amalaki is an extremely potent antioxidant, excellent at removing excess free radicals, which are at the basis of much degenerative disease and aging."

Other than nit-picking about the Vitamin C issue in Amalaki, I found the article worth reading.