You may be surprised to learn that there are various herbs that have different properties that can very well help to keep your eyes healthy. Furthermore, this is not just something that has been invented out of the blue but rather scientific fact so if you can actually incorporate them into your life in some manner then you are quite correct to feel good about yourself and that you are doing something to help the health of your eyes.
So, let us check out the list of herbs.
The clue is kind of in the name here but eyebright has actually been used as a herbal remedy for a very long time. Studies that were conducted in South Africa appeared to indicate that this herb in an eyedrop form was able to aid the recovery from conjunctivitis and there is even potential evidence for it reducing the blood sugar level in diabetics with this being known to play a major role in the development of different eye conditions.
· Ginko Biloba
You may have heard of this herb and natural remedy and it might not be a surprise to discover that it does have a number of benefits to it, one of which is helping your eyes. It is fantastic at helping to improve the blood flow that is going to the retina and it may even improve glaucoma. Finally, it is worth adding that it is a strong antioxidant and because of this it will help to really protect the cells in the eyes.
This is another one you might not have heard of, but it has also been shown to be very effective at boosting your eye health. The main reason for this is that it contains something called forskolin and when this is included in eyedrops it helps to lower the production of fluid in the eye. This is important because if you reduce the amount of fluid building in the eye then you also reduce the pressure in the eye at the same time. This will then be effective at helping to fight against the effects of glaucoma which is caused by that pressure problem.
Yes, cannabis can be effective at helping the health of your eyes and it is because of the cannabinoids which has been shown to help reduce the pressure in the eye. This, once again, shows some promise in helping glaucoma although it does only last for a few hours although it does mean that there is a very real possibility of there being eyedrops created in the near future that could contain cannabinoids that have also had the various side effects removed from them.
· Green Tea
People are generally aware that green tea is good for you in a whole host of ways but it might be news to find out that this also includes your eyes. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants and they help to fight against free radicals in the body. Those free radicals are going to fight against oxidative damage in the cells and this has been shown to be a leading cause for the development of issues such as macular degeneration, cataracts and also glaucoma. It has also been shown in research that the polyphenols in green tea can help protect the eye from UV light which has also been seen to contribute to damage to the eye in various ways.
Bilberry is another herb that you may not have heard of before but it is actually packed with something called anthocyanins and this is known to be an extremely potent and powerful antioxidant. With this, there is a very real possibility that it is able to help reduce eye fatigue which then, in turn, puts extra strain on the eyes leading to the potential of some damage to your general eye health.
· Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is a herb that helps the liver and if you are wondering as to why that is so important then it is because of the role that the liver plays in helping general eye health. Within milk thistle, you have something called silymarin and this is the part that is going to help your liver. Within that organ, you will find that your body stores the fat soluble vitamins as well as other items that are used to help repair the body. This includes repairing damage to the eye caused by bright light so it makes sense that if you boost a vital component in the liver that it will then be able to function better and the level of damage to the eye will then be reduced.
Fennel is something that has been linked to various health benefits related to the eye for some time. Often, it is believed that it is able to help eyes that are inflamed or too watery. Also, there have been reports of people having some success in using a fennel based eyewash for conditions such as glaucoma and also cataracts. In actual fact, a study has shown that it can indeed be useful in helping to fight against the pressure problems that are common in glaucoma although this is something that is going to need some additional research.
Saffron is often seen as being rather exotic although that should not stop you from looking at how it can help to improve your eye health. Indeed, research has appeared to indicate that saffron may be effective at helping to prevent macular degeneration as it alters the flicker sensitivity levels of the retina.
It has long been known that turmeric has a number of antioxidant and healing properties with a real focus in dealing with inflammation in the body. This also does apply to the eyes and it is known that it is able to reduce the levels of oxidation that affect the lens of the eye which then means that it is able to really protect your sight for longer. In addition, the way in which it acts as an anti-inflammatory has also been shown to be potentially effective for helping relieve the condition known as dry eye.
Asphalatus is another one of those herbs that few people may have heard of, but there is no doubt that it does have a number of potentially healing properties. The problem is that it is more of an African thing and it has been used for thousands of years for its healing and health related properties. It is also known to some in South Africa as rooibos and it has been used to boost eyesight due to its levels of minerals and elements in it. You will also find that it is high in antioxidants and as we have seen elsewhere these are essential for keeping on top of your eye health in various ways.
Basil is a very common herb and even if you are just used to it for its flavor in recipes it is important to not overlook its potential healing components. This is because it is high in things such as vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus as well as other elements. Furthermore, it also contains beta-carotene and that is going to really help your eyesight as we have seen elsewhere with other herbs. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A and it is known that this is beneficial to the eyes.
Spinach has long been known for its benefits to health and it should come as no surprise to find out that your eyes can also gain something from having it included in your diet. However, the main reason why this is so good is because it is high in something called lutein and this is also found in the retina of the eye. By eating spinach on a daily basis you can help to slow down the way in which the eye ages and also potentially reduce the chances of developing macular degeneration and it is all thanks to those levels of lutein.
Cayenne has also been linked to a whole host of health benefits for some considerable period of time and the eyes are not going to be allowed to miss out on this either. In the case of your eyes, the main benefit is that it is high in vitamin A and as we have discussed at several points, this is good for your eyes. There are also new studies out that appear to indicate that when cayenne is taken with other vitamins that it can help to slow down the way in which cells age resulting in a reduced risk of you developing macular degeneration and other age related issues.
Cornflower is primarily grown as a flower but it has some pretty amazing properties that can help you out when it comes to treating conjunctivitis. This is best used when it is steeped in some water for around 30 minutes and is then used as an eye bath and in actual fact this is a remedy that has been used in a range of countries for centuries although the full on scientific evidence for exactly how it works has not been fully proven.
Once more, this is something that you are probably not going to have heard of but pycnogenol is actually taken from bark from a tree. Now, this does sound rather strange but it has been shown to be potentially useful in fighting against macular degeneration and indeed it is being included in more and more eye related products as a result of what the research is showing.
Goldenseal is known to have a number of health benefiting properties including the fact that it is an anti-inflammatory as well as an antibiotic. In addition, it is often linked to being able to improve overall eye health and it has been included in different herbal eyewashes at various times. It is particularly useful at helping to treat different forms of eye irritation and some people have noted that eye infections have also improved when products containing goldenseal have been used in their treatment as well as helping to settle the eye down as a result of some kind of allergy.
As you can see, there are a number of herbs that could really make a difference to the overall health of your eye and it is entirely up to you as to how you use them or incorporate them into your daily life to make sure that you get the most benefit from them. You need to remember that often these herbs are linked to preventing problems in the first place, so it is important that you do not wait until the last moment to try to take advantage of them as that is going to serve almost no purpose whatsoever.