As we grew older we face with some vision problems. Since your 40s, you probably noticed that your vision is changing. Perhaps you need glasses to see up close or you have more trouble adjusting to glare or distinguishing some colors.
These changes are a normal part of aging. These changes alone cannot stop you from enjoying an active lifestyle or stop you from maintaining your independence.
In fact, you can live an active life well into your golden years without ever experiencing severe vision loss. But as you age, you are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions. These include: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye.
Recent clinical studies show vision-enhancing benefits using extracts from a flower-derived spice called saffron.
Scientists first discovered that saffron can improve visual acuity as well as sensitivity to light, even in people with early macular degeneration. More impressively, patients experienced improvement in vision that was measured by them seeing an average of two additional lines on the eye chart commonly used by physicians to test vision.
In another recent finding, people with the highest intake of alpha-carotene had a 32% lower risk for developing advanced age-related macular degeneration.
By supplementing with saffron extracts and alpha-carotene—in addition to other nutrients recognized for their ability to protect retinal structures—we can actively protect our eyesight before symptoms of visual loss appear.
It is recommended to take this preparation through tea.
- 1 gr of saffron
- 1 cup of water
When the water begins to boil, add the saffron and if you want to, you can also add a little bit of honey. Drink it throughout the day or before you sleep in the evening.
Saffron contains carotenoids crocin and crocetin that have shown strong protective effects on retinal cells, helping restore function and structure of retinal cells damaged by oxidative stress and age-related macular degeneration.
Additionally recent clinical research has shown that saffron and its carotenoid constituents may be beneficial in patients with depression.
Scientists have also examined saffron for its abilities to decrease symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and, premenstrual syndrome, although more well-designed clinical trials are needed in these fields.