Today, very interesting news for glaucoma patients was released. The business technology magazine Red Herring broke the news today of a novel drug approval. The drug Ocufors is made from the ancient Ayurvedic herb Makandi. This is the first pharmaceutical product ever approved in India that is completely plant derived, according to Red Herring.
Ocufors has been found to be 30 percent more effective than existing and popular glaucoma drugs. The drug has undergone all the mandatory studies and clinical research at six different locations in India.
On August 23, 2006, I wrote an article about this herb (Coleus forskohlii) and I reviewed the research as well as the botanical information.
Everyone has a few favorite foods. If you are interested in healthy eyes and great eyesight, then kale should become one of your favorite foods. I will highlight other favorite foods for vision as this series progresses. However, this article is specifically about kale. It is about how to cook kale so it tastes good!
This article should be of interest to anyone with glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration or poor night vision. It also applies to anyone who wants to avoid eye diseases like those mentioned or others. In addition, athletes who depend on quick reflexes and good vision should take notice of kale.
We were just discussing the possibility that Vitamin C lowers intraocular pressure. In that discussion, someone raised the question about Vitamin C and kidney stones. I researched this topic recently by carefully reading some of the newest peer review research that claims Vitamin C does cause kidney stones. A careful review shows that this claim is not substantiated. During my research, I ran across The Vitamin C Foundation Forums. I want to refer anyone with questions about Vitamin C and kidney stones to two forum threads (here and here).
I will quote just one exchange to give you a taste of the conclusion.
I just received this via email from Dr. Fuhrman. I share his concerns about the rancidity of fish oils, so I thought I would pass this along. [It looks to me like he misspelled docosahexaenoic acid. I also removed his ad tracking from the link and instead linked to DHA on wikipedia in case you want to know more.]
Dr. Fuhrman's Tip of the Month
Docoshexanoic acid (DHA) is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid and is one of the crucial building blocks of human brain tissue. DHA has been shown to protect against dementia, depression, inflammatory diseases, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), allergies, and to offer significant benefits for overall cardiovascular health.
Most studies show that Vitamin C reduces IOP. The trick is giving enough Vitamin C.
My sources for this article are:
Alternative Medicine Review (subscription required) Volume 6, Number 2,2001, edited by Kathleen A. Head, ND.
Nutrition and Glaucoma: Do Supplements Reduce IOP ? by David Bennett BSc (Hons), MCOptom, for The Association of Optometrists Ireland.
There are several postulated mechanisms for ascorbate’s ability to lower IOP. In high doses, it acts as a potent osmotic agent. Vitamin C’s ability to halt lipid peroxidation has also been hypothesised to play a role. Supplementation with vitamin C is also believed to increase aqueous humour drainage by reducing the viscosity of hyaluronic acid in the trabecular meshwork.
Most studies, some of which were controlled, have found the supplement to successfully reduce IOP.
David Bennett says,
I have used glucosamine sulfate and I have not noticed any increase in my IOP. Glucosamine keeps my joints moving freely. However, I stopped using glucosamine when I read the following report from Alternative Medicine Review (subscription required) by Kathleen A. Head, ND.