Each of us knows that with age, visual acuity decreases. The reasons leading to such a significant deterioration in the quality of life there are a great many starting from old injuries and ending with chronic diseases. However, the most difficult and not amenable to treatment is age-related macular degeneration.
What is the problem?
The disease affects the central region of the retina (macula), without the normal functioning of which the existence of central vision is impossible.
Depending on the variants of the course, there are two forms of age-related macular degeneration: dry and wet.
They are based on a violation of the antioxidant system of the eye, resulting in the formation of so-called “drusen” – non-cleavable compounds consisting of lipofuscin, which lead to atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium. The difference between the two forms of the disease lies in the fact that if the process of cicatrization in the area of deposition of compounds is characteristic for dry, then for the moist one, the formation and growth of additional pathological vessels, which are trying to feed atrophy in this way.
How to suspect?
There are a number of symptoms that allow you to suspect the disease in you or loved ones:
– the appearance of defects (black spots) in the field of view;
– decrease in visual acuity and the presence of distortion of the image, which violates the implementation of small manipulations at close range (for example: it is impossible to put a thread on a needle);
– decrease in visual acuity near and far;
– distortion of smooth lines;
– deterioration of color perception.
In the event of the discovery of one or more symptoms in yourself or loved ones, you should immediately consult a doctor.
What preventive measures should be taken?
There is no effective treatment for age-related macular degeneration. The disease is disabling and always leads to blindness. It is advisable to start disease prevention for all who have reached the age of 40, regardless of gender or age. Synthetic drugs and vitamins are trying to stabilize the metabolic processes in the body through antioxidant therapy.
Not all medicines and dietary supplements are effective in their action, and their components are not always organic.
The use of amaranth oil is equivalent to receiving a standard vitamin complex prescribed for the purpose of prevention. The indisputable advantages of its reception is that it contains polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acids, which allow to stabilize the cell membrane and make the formation of drusen impossible. Amaranth oil contains carotenoids of plant origin (lutein and zeaxanthin), which, unlike synthetic analogues, are easier to digest in the quantities needed by the body. The content of vitamins and trace elements is also organically balanced. Calcium and magnesium are rich in oil, strengthen the walls of retinal vessels, which reduces the fragility of blood vessels and improves the nutrition of eye tissues. Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that is found in amaranth in a particular trienol form, allows you to reduce the number of free radicals, and in combination with zinc, which is rich in the product, improves metabolic processes in the eye tissues. Squalene, easily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and participating in the synthesis of vitamin D, stimulates the human immune system at the proper level and increases resistance to infectious agents directly affecting the retina of the eyes.
Two spoons of amaranth oil on a standard bowl of salad and you get the full vitamin and mineral complex needed by your body during the day. Its delicate nutty flavor allows you to bribe even the most sophisticated gourmet. Despite the presence of light notes of medicinal herbs in the plume of nutty flavor, the oil does not taste bitter. The texture is fluid and does not have the viscosity so hated by many. The color varies within a brown-yellow palette. In its raw form, the oil can be eaten for a long time for 3-4 months.
Amaranth oil is hypoallergenic. However, for persons with increased hypersensitivity, a tendency to allergic reactions, it is recommended to start using amaranth oil from external use. So for three days put a drop of oil on the wrist and watch the reaction of the body. If there is no change in the color of the skin, itching, the next three days take 2 drops of oil inside. If no allergic reactions followed use, like sunflower or olive oil, replacing them. In the event of itching, hyperemia, swelling of the mucous membranes or other symptoms, in persons prone to allergies, you should stop taking the oil and consult a doctor.
Caution should be used amaranth oil for people with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (cholecystitis, pancreatitis, ulcers, colitis) due to a mild laxative effect, which can give rise to the exacerbation of the underlying disease.
Amaranth oil helps not only prevent the development of such a terrible disease of the retina, as age-related macular degeneration, but also helps to enrich the diet with a complex of essential vitamins and minerals, which significantly improves the quality of life and improves health for years to come!