Many people use the NingXia Red to help with macular degeneration because it contains Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthins are found in dark, colorful vegetables like red peppers. They are also found in the wolfberry.
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NINGXIA WOLFBERRY: The Ultimate Superfood By Gary Young, Ronald Lawrence MD, PhD, Marc Schreuder
When the eyes become chronically short changed of dietary Zeaxanthin, the retinal pigment loses density over time. Free radicals from the blood and sunlight at the begin burning out the color-sensing cones and light-sensing rods, starting at a very center where light hits the strongest, and working their way out to the edges. As we grow older, we generally accept it as normal that our eyes begin to weaken and things are harder to see. Unfortunately, aging in the eyes can and does lead to blindness or low vision for too many of as we age.
Researchers in Japan and at the Schepens Eye Institute at Harvard University proved experimentally that depleting the diet of lutein and Zeaxanthin triggered the same eye damage as AMD and cataracts. Recent research has determined that the pigment at the very center of the macula, where the most intense light is focused, is over 70% zeaxanthin and 30% lutein. In contrast, on the outer edges of the macula and the retinal wall, this proportion switches to approximately 67% lutein and 33% zeaxanthin. But it is the zeaxanthin that holds the key to preserving central vision, because it provides their filtering pigment that protects the sensitive rod and cone cells in the macula.
Zeaxanthin is far more concentrated in the eye than it is anywhere else in the body. Some estimates concluded there is nearly 1,000 times more lutein and zeaxanthin in the macula, than there is in other tissues in the body. The body automatically concentrates almost all dietary lutein and zeaxanthin in the macula. If we eat foods containing high amounts of zeaxanthin, then we will have healthy, protective levels of zeaxanthin in our eyes, preserving our vision against the oxidation of aging.
THE SOLUTION? Increase dietary intake of lutein and Zeaxanthin, as well as high antioxidant, high-polyphenolic nutrients. No food better to fit this purpose than the NingXia Wolfberry.
What makes NingXia Wolfberry unusually effective for combating AMD is the fact that it is not only the richest known source of Zeaxanthin, but it also contains a special form of Zeaxathin that is in ester form. This esterified Zeaxathin is far more bio-available to the human body than ordinary Zeaxathin. Unlike other foods in which Zeaxathin is only at 5% or less of the lutein concentration, the NingXia Wolfberry has an astonishing 27,800 micrograms of Zeaxanthin per 100 grams of dried fruit (278 micrograms per gram). This makes the NingXia Wolfberry the single best sourced of pigment replenishment for aging eyes, and an effective antidote against the early onset of AMD and cataracts. Only other food that is high in Zeanxanthin is raw spinach.
And finally, the ratio of zeaxanthin to lutein in wolfberries was, incredibly, more than 133:1! This makes the Ningxia wolfberry the single best whole food source for pigment replenishment in the macula. It is an unparalleled dietary antidote against AMD and cataracts in aging eyes.
According to research done at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Koloon, a 15 gram dose (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) of dried Ningxia wolfberries contains over 3 mg of zeaxanthin. This dose, when taken daily for 30 days, is sufficient to raise serum levels of zeaxanthin 200-500%. One study concluded that increasing blood erum levels of zeaxanthin can, to some extent, enable the macula to repair minor damage and reverse earlier central vision decline. Other studies have measured the potential impact of zeaxanthin supplementation on the effects of excess oxidative stress, both from again and from diabetes. In both cases, scientists were able to show that zeaxanthin supplementation over time could reduce high oxidation to nearly normal levels.
Other Important Nutrients For Healthy Eyes
ZINC: Studies shows improvement in patients with neurological diseases that the intervention with zinc can fully forestall disease progression in patients with double vision and blindness.
The Ningxia wolfberry is a rich vegetarian source of zinc, a mineral critical for healthy immunity. The dried wolfberry has 5 times as much zinc as Brussels sprouts and more zinc than raw egg.
VITAMIN C: Three ounces of dried wolfberries have over double the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C which helps support the eyes. Vitamin C is concentrated at usually high levels in the aqueous humor (the liquid inside the lens). Several studies have shown that supplementation with high doses of vitamin C can halt cataract progression.
MAGNESIUM: Diabetic retinopathy is the third leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 50. Food rich in antioxidants and having a low glycemic index, the Ningxia wolfberry can provide invaluable nutritional support for the eyes.
TAURINE: Wolfberry is one of the few plant-based foods to contain the amino acid taurine which supports the eyes.
POLYPOHENOLS: The Ningxia wolfberry is rich in phenols such as ellagic acid that may have enormous protective benefits for vision.
Benefits Beyond Eyesight
Additional research with zeaxanthin has shown some surprising additional benefits that go beyond vision preservation. In 2005, a study concluded that zeaxanthin, in addition to protecting photoreceptor cells from oxidation, also protected the eye from cancer by triggering apoptosis (programmed cell death) in neuroblastoma cells.
Essential Oil Blend for Healthy Eyes
10 drops lemongrass
5 drops cypress
3 drops Eucalyptus Gobolus
Mix together and can add 1/4 oz V-6 apply on eye reflex on the index finger and middle finger, and the two middle toes, and then around the eyes.