It is no surprise the macular degeneration glutathione (GSH) levels are diminished in the elderly. Thus macular degeneration mostly found in the elderly. Since it is a leading cause of blindness in those over 50 years of age, it is important to give GSH levels consideration.
Advancing Age: About 10 percent of patients over 65 to 74 will develop macular degeneration. Then age 75- to 85 the prevalence increases to 30 percent according to Wikipedia.
Smoking: Doubles the risk of macular degeneration.
Family History: A 50 percent life time risk with familial history vs 12% for those without family history.
High Blood Pressure
High Fat Intake
Oxidative StressRace: Whites are more likely than Blacks
Sunlight Exposure: Studies on blue light are conflicting but there is a correlation with High Energy Visible Light and age related macular degeneration.
There are numerous drug treatments and the success of some is remarkable.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study found that a diet combination of high dose beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and Zinc can help reduce some risk for about 25 percent of the patients in the trial.
Additionally another study suggests that statins (cholesterol reducing drugs) may help in prevention in AMD and slowing progression. This is important as you will see...One study noted... The GSH level in the retina may be a crucial therapeutic target in preventing blindness.
Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea
CONCLUSIONS: Independent of its PPARgamma activity, dPGJ(2) protected cells from oxidative stress by increasing glutathione levels and enhancing MAPK activation. Thus, dPGJ(2) may delay the development of dry-type age-related macular degeneration.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006 Nov; 47(11):5098-105. Protection of RPE cells from oxidative injury by 15-deoxy-delta12,14-prostaglandin j2 by augmenting GSH and activating MAPK.
It is possible to elevate macular degeneration glutathione levels by 30% using nutricuticals. You can learn more about a type that was used in a clinical trial and is listed in the Physicians Desk Reference and in the pharmacists Red Book.
Glutathione the Master Antioxidant reviews the three main properties of this wonderful cellular defense system.
Fat is an essential part of our diet. Limiting fat intake to 20 to 25% of total food energy (this would mean cutting current red meat and dairy intake by 50 percent. Replace with cold water fish (twice a week) and eat nuts may help.
Bonus... Two Brazil nuts have 200 mcg of Selenium. That is how much you need every day. It is one of the co-factors of glutathione production.
Since oxidative stress is associated with macular degeneration glutathione level decrease, then a diet that boosted glutathione levels could be helpful. Also a diet rich in antioxidants could be helpful.
Although the findings on light exposure are not conclusive, it could not hurt to wear sunglasses.
There is much more that can be written about Macular Degeneration Glutathione levels and how to increase them. More will be included in the future.
Please come back.
Go to Eyes and Glutathione for the overview.
Glaucoma and glutathione shows the importance of this substance in your eye health.
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The Way to Make More GSH For Free
Glutathione has a high affinity for water. Simply put, if we are dehydrated our bodies may not make as much as they could. Or, what we do make may be less effective.
Usually there is something more than just being dehydrated. Often there is a condition called fluid and electrolyte imbalance, less than bodies needs. There is a simple, easy and inexpensive way to correct this, allowing your body to produce even more GSH.
The Water Cures Protocol really works. Give it a try today.
It is simple, easy, sustainable and affordable (the salt should cost less than $10 a year).
And like GSH, it will help with over 76 different diseases and conditions.
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