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Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Glutathione

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Glutathione plays a significant role in the protection of the eyes from oxidative stress, which leads to unclear eyesight and eventually blindness. There have been previous studies exemplifying the fact that when faced with a lack of glutathione in the eyes, there is a greater chance of Open-Angle Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Cataracts. As we get older, we are unable to see things as clearly and then we need reading glasses. This is called presbyopia. Your eyes create glutathione to protect against the oxidation that the sunlight produces according to Dr. Daria Davidson, a board certified medical doctor focusing on holistic medicine with 30 years of practice.

 “Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between the production of the reactive oxygen species and the eyes’ biological systems being able to readily detoxify the reactive intermediate and easily repair the resulting damage,” from Wikipedia. If you have free radicals from oxidative stress, you need an antioxidant to reduce the free radical—an oxidation reduction reaction. Glutathione donates and extra electron to accomplish this. This reducing environment is preserved by enzymes and components like glutathione that maintain the constant status of metabolic energy which is ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) in the cell.

Without ATP the cell becomes sluggish. In some respects ATP is like oil or lubrication is to an engine. Disturbances of the oxidative state cause toxic effects to the DNA.

Oxidative stress contributes to many different health issues, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attack, and so on according to Wikipedia. 

According to Dr. Daria Davidson, glutathione is the guardian of the cell,  it neutralizes free radicals better than anything, and is the best thing you can have to support the function and structure of your body in every cell. Along with keeping glutathione levels high it's beneficial to keep superoxide dismutases and coenzyme q10 levels high too.

According to the statistics in this country age macular degeneration is second only to diabetes in causing blindness. World wide the number one cause of blindness is cataracts. In Australia, the number one cause is open-angle glaucoma. But what's important is that all three of these conditions are related with low levels of glutathione in the eye.

Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics in April of 2000 “the reducing compound exists in an unusually high concentration in the lens where it functions as a accentual antioxidant and vital for maintenance of the tissues transparency.”

Dr. Davidson goes on to say that “Cataracts are caused by the lens becoming cloudy. This article is related to the lens which is specifically related to cataracts. Glaucoma is not a lens issue. Macular degeneration is not a lens issue. They are issues of the eye but not related to the lens.”

The article goes on to say, “In conjunction with glutathione the oxidation reduction cycle located in the lens epithelium detoxifies this potentially dangerous oxidant. The depletion of glutathione or the inhibition of the cycle to occur causes oxidative damage resulting in a clouding of the lens,” which is what cataracts are.

Journal of Ocular Service in 2007 “Deficiency in glutathione has been linked to ocular disease and viral infection, endogenous glutathione (glutathione your body makes. exodogenous is glutathione they give to you) plays a role in safeguarding active transfer processes across the surface of the mucosa of the eye and also within the tear film. Glutathione is the most abundant endogenous antioxidant molecule in tear fluid.”

Dr. Davidson goes on to say, “So you have tear ducts in your eyes that lubricate the surface of your eye. The tear ducts then are actually letting some glutathione come outside of the cell that is in the fluid to bath the area. Glutathione outside of the cell can put out some free radical damage but not near as well as when it in inside the cell. It is called the guardian of the cell although there will be some glutathione outside the cell, the glutathione you make yourself have a increased effect for you. There are glutathione eye drops available to you, but most of them are used in Japan to help keep the eyes healthy. Of course if you make more glutathione for yourself, you're going to be much healthier.”

Mutation research in 2006 – The Role of Oxidative Stress in Glaucoma “Increasing evidence indicates that reactive oxygen species (free radicals” play a key role in pathogenesis (disease) of primary Open-Angle Glaucoma the main cause of irreversible blindness worldwide.”

This article suggests that Glaucoma is the main cause of blindness world wide whereas other sources claim that cataracts are. In either case, glutathione is a major player.

Progress in Retinal and Eye Research in 2003 “The high concentration of glutathione in the lens in believed to protect structural proteins and enzymes for proper biological functioning. The lens of both biosynthetic and regenerating systems for glutathione to maintain its large pool size. However aging lens are lens under oxidative stress show an extensively diminished size of glutathione pool.

In summary—glutathione and the health of your eye—gluathione is needed for every cell of your body to function optimally. We know that certain cells under particular stress—liver cells have a very high amount of glutathione because they are the wash machine of the body. Lungs are also high in glutathione to handle the toxins that we breathe. Skin is high in glutathione to deal with the free radical damage caused by sunlight and the eyes are likewise high in glutathione because they too are exposed to sunlight. If you keep your eyes healthy, the likely hood of getting a diagnosis goes down.

Information taken from Dr. Daria's weekly calls at

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