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The Best Supplements for Glaucoma - Part II

Natural Approaches to Glaucoma

Glaucoma a leading causes of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma has many various types, though its common feature is damage to the optic nerve with loss of peripheral vision. In many cases, this damage is preventable, if diagnosed and treated early before permanent vision loss has set in.

The primary underlying cause of glaucoma is often elevated intraocular pressure, which can result from impaired drainage of aqueous humor, the fluid in the anterior portion of the eye.

While conventional treatments focus on lowering intraocular pressure through medications, surgeries, or laser therapy, researchers are increasingly exploring integrative approaches, including the potential benefits of certain nutrients and natural compounds.

In the first installment of this blog, Best Supplements for Glaucoma Part I, I shared 5 natural compounds that are science-backed and may help support eye pressure or the optic nerve in glaucoma.

Now, let's delve into six additional natural compounds with theoretical benefits for glaucoma, supported by early research findings.

schematic of a chemical compound, alpha lipoic acid, set against a sea foam background
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful natural antioxidant

1. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)

Alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant, has been studied for its potential neuroprotective effects in glaucoma. Research suggests that ALA may help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the retina, thus potentially preserving retinal function and mitigating optic nerve damage associated with glaucoma.

small red, yellow and orange cells
Astaxanthin, a red carotenoid, comes from red algae, Haematococcus pluvialis

2. Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin, a red carotenoid pigment found in certain microalgae, seafood, and supplements, has garnered attention for its powerful antioxidant properties.

Preliminary studies indicate that astaxanthin may help protect cells in the retina cells from oxidative stress and inflammation, potentially offering neuroprotective effects in glaucoma.

Model of human brain on a stand, slightly in the shade
Carnosine is a natural protein typically found in brain and muscle, though may have eye benefits as well.

3. Carnosine

Carnosine, a small peptide naturally present in muscle and brain tissues, has been investigated for its potential role in supporting eye health.

Early research suggests that carnosine may help protect against age-related changes in the eye, including oxidative stress and glycation, which could be beneficial in preventing or managing glaucoma.

Bright green cannabis leaves with an amber-colored glass dropper bottle.
Cannabis sattiva has been explored as a natural therapy for glaucoma.

4. Cannabis

Cannabis and its derivatives, particularly cannabinoids like THC and CBD, have emerged as potential therapeutic options for various medical conditions, including glaucoma.

Although research on cannabis for glaucoma is nascent, some studies suggest cannabinoids' potential to reduce intraocular pressure, albeit with temporary effects and suitability concerns for long-term management.

Drawing showing the chemical structure of CoQ10 with a pen on the side
Coenzyme Q10 is an important cofactor in the energy production pathway

5. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Coenzyme Q10, a naturally occurring compound vital for cellular energy production and antioxidant defense, has been investigated for its potential ocular health benefits.

Preliminary investigations hint at CoQ10's ability to enhance mitochondrial function in retinal cells and support overall ocular health, potentially conferring neuroprotective effects in glaucoma.

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Saffron, also used as a spice, has been shown to have protective benefits for the eye.

6. Saffron

Saffron, a spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower, contains bioactive compounds renowned for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These bioflavonoids are crocin and crocetin.

Early studies suggest that saffron supplementation may enhance retinal function, diminish oxidative stress, and possibly lower intraocular pressure, rendering it a promising contender for glaucoma management.

Insights into Supplements for Glaucoma

While further research is warranted to fully elucidate the efficacy and safety profiles of these 6 compounds noted above in glaucoma management, preliminary findings indicate their potential as adjunctive therapies.

As research progresses, supplements that provide neuroprotective compounds curated for vision health may offer novel avenues for fortifying eye health and improving outcomes in individuals with glaucoma.

If you are seeking an eye supplement that will provide you with many of the natural compounds mentioned above for glaucoma, as well as many additional nutrients to support your complete eye health, consider the Ageless Eyes Bundle. This bundle includes 3 foundational supplements - Nourish, Fortify, and Soothe - that have ingredients that are science-based, bioavailable, highest-quality, and third-party tested. Click HERE to learn more.

Please keep in mind that Individuals with glaucoma are urged to consult their eye care providers before embarking on any supplementation regimen as adjunctive therapy.

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