Dietary Treatment of Glaucoma

[Music] once we preserve the pigment and our retinal pigment epithelial cells we need to keep them alive which may be where anthocyanin phytonutrients come in and the science from the Greek anthos meaning flower and cayenne knows meaning blue blue flower are natural plant pigments that make pansies look purple and turns green cabbage into purple cabbage yellow corn into purple corn brown rice – purple rice white potatoes – blue potatoes orange carrots – purple carrots and turns blueberries into well blueberries and keeps blackberries black as we age our critical RPE layer starts to break down but we may be able to decelerate that aging with blueberries here are human RPE cells in a petri dish exposed to various stressors the ones bathed in blueberry anthocyanins had fewer free radicals and a lower proportion of aged cells suggesting that blueberries and these other red blue purple pigmented fruits and vegetables may help prevent age-related macular degeneration and blueberries may be especially important for blue eyes as we saw in an earlier video preventing is nice but what if we already have a disease like glaucoma an incurable eye disease in which our optic nerve which connects our eyes to our brain starts deteriorating we start losing our visual fields few years ago Japanese researchers showed that they could apparently halt the progression of disease with black currants they gave people black currants for six months significantly boosting the blood flow to their optic nerve the results suggested that black currants might be a safe and valuable option but it was not double-blind no control group so I didn’t report it when it was initially published but here we go finally glaucoma patients split into two groups half got black currants the other half didn’t let’s see what happened here’s a measure of the deterioration of their visual fields in both groups in the two years leading up to the beginning of the study worse worse worse despite taking the best glaucoma drugs on the market then the study starts the berry free control group continued to worsen but the berries appeared to stop the disease in its tracks one year later two years later and since there’s no downside only good side effects to berries in my professional opinion everyone with glaucoma should be eating berries every day [Music] you