Everybody knows that a good supply of necessary nutrients is very important to our physical well-being.  It is not just the eyes that need nutrients, our whole body needs them in order to be healthy.  However, we will only emphasize here the nutrients that are important to our eyes.

Vitamin A or Beta Carotene, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc...   You can get this information from many other health-related websites so we are not going to elaborate on them here.  Some good multi-vitamin/multi-mineral products will provide you with the necessary nutrients on this level. 

We would like to draw your attention to some natural foods which can bring you special health benefits, especially to your eyes. 

   

 

 
Lycium barbarum
(Chinese Wolfberry)

Lycium barbarum (Chinese Wolfberry) has long been known as beneficial to vision in China.  In almost every herbal eye remedy in Chinese medicine, Chinese Wolfberry is always in the ingredient list.

 

The Wolfberry has a high concentration of the branched-chain amino acid L-leucine.  L-leucine is an essential amino acid that we can only obtain from our diet.   Inside the body, L-leucine is converted into a powerful compound called HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate).

What makes HMB such a breakthrough in health-maintenance?  According to noted researcher, Richard Passwater, PH.D.:

"HMB showed that it lowered total and LDL cholesterol levels in blood and helped strengthen the immune system while building muscles and burning body fat.  This news is certainly of interest to body builders and other athletes, but it may also become of interest to cancer, AIDS and muscular dystrophy patients."

To date, four human clinical studies have been completed, including a double-blind university study at the American College of Sports Medicine in Minnesota.  Test subjects who used only 3 grams of HMB a day gained up to 300% more lean muscle mass and experience 295% in strength gains.

In another study, consumption of Wolfberry led to a strengthening of immunoglobulin A levels (a part of our immunity).   Because the decline of immunoglobulin A is one of the signs of aging, an increase in these levels suggests that the Wolfberry may enable older cells to regenerate.

Is the Wolfberry a Powerful Antioxidant?

As we grow older, the levels of lipid peroxide in our blood increase, while the levels of health-protecting antioxidants, like superoxide dismutase (SOD) decrease.  In a clinical study of people who consumed Wolfberry, SOD in the blood increased 48% while hemoglobin increased 12%.    Even better, lipid peroxide levels dropped 65%.

Can the Wolfberry Inhibit Tumor Growth?

From July 1982 to January 1984 (Register No. 870303), the Ningxia Institute of Drug Inspection conducted a clinical experiment using multi-index screening. Their Conclusion was that the fruits and pedicels of wolfberry were effective in increasing white blood cells, protecting the liver and relieving hypertension.  The alcoholic extract of wolfberry fruits inhibited tumor growth in mice by 58%, and the protein of wolfberry displayed an insulin-like action that was effective in promoting fat decomposition and reducing blood sugar.

Can the Wolfberry Reverse Aging?

A clinical experiment by the Ningxia Institute (Register No. 870306, from October 1982 to May 1985) studied the effects of Wolfberry on blood of aged volunteers.  The results were published by the State Scientific and Technological Commission of China, and the authors concluded that the wolfberry caused the blood of older people to noticeably revert to a younger state.

 

The following information taken from "Young Living Essential Edge" April, 1999 Edition.

RECENT STUDIES DOCUMENT ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTICANCER PROPERTIES OF CHINESE WOLFBERRY

Since the early 1980s, the Chinese wolfberry (known botanically as Lycium barbarum) has been the subject of a number of clinical studies - including several published by the State Scientific and Technological Commission in China. These studies have documented its antioxidant and immune-stimulating effects. More recent studies in the 1990s have contributed additional scientific support.

 

Use of Lycium barbarum Polysaccharides to Treat Cancer

Author: G.W. C'ao, W.G. Yang,
P. Du
Journal: C'hunghua Chung Lui Tsa Chih 16 (Nov. 1994)
Location: Second Military Medical University, Department of Microbiology, Shanghai, China.
Conclusion: Lycium barbarum polysaccharides can be used as an adjuvant in the treatment of cancer.
Abstract: Seventy-nine advanced cancer patients were treated with a combination of two immune boosting cytokines (LAK/IL-2*) and Lycium barbarum polysaccharides. Patients treated with only LAK/IL-2 showed a response rate of only 16%, while those treated with both LAK/IL-2 and Lycium barbarum polysaccharides showed a response rate of 40.9%. Moreover, the mean remission in the Lycium barbarum group lasted significantly longer.
*Lymphokine-activated natural killer cells (LAK) and interleukin 2 (IL-2)

 

Role of Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide as an Antioxidant

Author: X. Lhang
Journal: Chung Kuo Chung Yao Tsa Chih 18 (Feb 1993)
Location: Beijing Military Hospital, Beijing, China
Conclusion: The effect of free radical damage on red blood cells can be prevented and reversed by incubation with either Lycium barbarum polysaccharide or superoxide dismutase.
Abstract: Researchers incubated cells (Xenopus Oocytes) in a solution containing a free-radical-producing system for 6 hours. The changes in the electrical profile of the cell membranes were measured using a microelectrode electrophysiological technique. The results showed that Lycium barbarum polysaccharide both prevented and reversed free radical damage to the cells.

 

Protective Action of Lycium barbarum on H202-induced Lipid Peroxidation

Author: B. Ren, Y. Ma, Y. Shen, B. Gao
Journal: Chung Kuo Chung Yao Tsa Chih 20 (May 1995)
Location: Faculty of Preventative Medicine, Ningxia Medical College,
Yinchuan, China.
Conclusion: Lycium barbarum protects red blood cell membranes against lipid peroxidation.
Abstract: Hydrogen peroxide (H202), a powerful promoter of oxidative damage, was used to promote lipid peroxidation of the red blood cell membranes of rats. Dried Lycium berries showed the greatest protective effect against H202 damage, followed by Lycium barbarum polysaccharide.

 

Effects of Lycium barbarum and on the Attachment and Growth of Gingival Cells to Root Surfaces

Author: B. Liu
Journal: Chung Kuo Chung Yao Tsa Chih 27 (May 1992)
Location: College of Stomatology, Fourth Medical University, Xian, China.
Conclusion: Lycium barbarum improved the attachment and growth of human gingival cells to root surfaces.
Abstract: A dose of 1.25 mg/ml Lycium barbarum was used to stimulate the in vitro attachment of human gingival fibrobasts to the surfaces of dental roots. In response to Lycium barbarum exposure, cells on diseased root surfaces increased in quantity, exhibited better growth and distribution. Drynaria displayed similar effects but was not as potent as the Lycium barbarum.

 

Effects of Lycium barbarum and Radiation in Treatment of Lung Cancer

Author: Lu, C.X., B.Q. Cheng.
Journal: Chung Hsi I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 11 (Oct 1991)
Location: Cancer Institute, Ningxia Medical College, Yinchuan, China.
Conclusion: Lycium barbarum enhanced the effects of radiation therapy in the treatment of Lewis lung cancer.
Abstract: Lewis lung cancer cells were transplanted in C57 BL mice, and the anticancer effects of both Lycium barbarum polysaccharides and radiation were measured. Following the test, it was concluded that Lycium barbarum polysaccharides enhanced the effects of radiation in combating Lewis Lung cancer.

 

Recommended Usage

Crush 15-20 seeds and put them into a cup of hot water.  Let it sit for 7-8 minutes then add a spoonful of honey and take it as a refreshing drink.  Drink this for 2-3 times a day.  It is a wonderful drink which you will certainly enjoy both the taste and the health benefits. 

It is best to use the whole seed instead of extract or tincture.  The seeds contain many different bioflavonoids, phenols, vitamins, and minerals which will work together synergistically to provide the best health benefits.

We do not put this in our OPC*Pro as we know that the whole seed will provide better benefits than the extract.  Unlike grapeseed extract and bilberry extract which need a large quantity to produce a small amount of extract that we need everyday, just a small quantity of the Chinese Wolfberry is good enough for one day's need.

You can purchase a 1 lb premium pack for $24.50 which can last for about two months.  An excellent value for your health -- not just your eyes.

 

 

   

 

 
Chrysanthemum
(
Flos Chrysanthemi)

The Chrysanthemum Flower has been used for thousands of years in China to increase the strength of the retina and clear heat from the eyes.

It reduces inflammation of the retina as well as nourishes the retina. The retina is the lining in the back of the eye that is sensitive to light and makes vision possible. When the retina is inflamed, a condition known as retinitis, vision can degenerate.

Eye conditions that Chrysanthemum Flower can help are CMV retinitis, retinal degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, retinal hemorrhage, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. Chrysanthemum Flower both nourishes the eyes and clears heat from the eyes.  It does not treat the underlying causes of inflammation and damage to the eyes, but it does help the eyes to heal from such damage and it helps to maintain normal eyesight.

It is recorded in early Chinese herbal books that chrysanthemum relieves headaches, fever and cataract, and also works effectively as an antidote and stomachache. Chrysanthemum contains 1.5% refined oil, adenine, betaine, golden pigment, vitamin A and vitamin B1, and with these components, headaches caused by the flu, dizziness, bloodshot eyes, and furuncle can be annulled.

 

According to the Chinese Herbal Theory, its functions include:

1) Dispersing Wind and Heat, especially from the head
2) Clearing the Liver Heat and brightening the eyes
3) Calming the Liver, clearing Internal Wind or ascending Yang


Chrysanthemum is generally known as a graceful flower to enjoy.  In China, it also has long been used as a marvelous remedy for a healthy life. Due to this reason, it has been made as tea, liquor and special Chinese herbal medicines.

Chrysanthemum has also  been known to clear the brain.  When sleeping with dried chrysanthemum under the pillow, the forgetfulness and memory loss will improve, leaving a clear mind. Also, chrysanthemum tea is highly recommended for people with somber eyes caused by slight fevers.  For students and mental workers, it can be a medicinal herb for overly stressed people with constant migraines. Furthermore, it is renowned for clarifying the skin, relieving coughs and neuralgia and working as an antidote.

It works wonders as a relaxing drink, with chrysanthemum leaves steeped in hot water and a spoonful of honey.
 

 

Recommended Usage

Put 10-15 dried chrysanthemum flowers into a cup of hot water.  Add a spoonful of honey and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Take it as tea.  Drink this for 2-3 times a day.  It is a wonderful drink in which you will certainly enjoy both the taste and the health benefits.  You can also add the chrysanthemum flowers to any other kinds of tea you want.  It will provide a wonderful flavor to the tea which you will certainly enjoy.

It is best to use the whole flower instead of extract or tincture.  The flowers contain many different bioflavonoids, phenols, vitamins, and minerals which will work together synergistically to provide the best health benefits.

We do not put this in our OPC*Pro as we know that the whole flower will provide better benefits than the extract.  Unlike grapeseed extract and bilberry extract which need a large quantity to produce a small amount of extract that we need everyday, just a small quantity of the chrysanthemum flower is good enough for one day's need.

You can purchase a 1 lb premium pack for $22.50 which can last for about two months.  An excellent value for your health -- not just your eyes.

   

 

   


A wonderful tea recipe for your eyes:

Put 50-60 crushed Chinese wolfberry seeds and 20-30 chrysanthemum flowers into a teapot of 2-3 cups of boiling water.  Let it sit for 5 minutes.  Enjoy this wonderful tea and improve your eyesight.

 

 

 

 

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