Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people 50 and older.
It affects more than 1.75 million people in the U.S. and is expected to strike as many as 3 million in the next five years. The macula is the small spot near the center of the retina. The eye needs it for central vision to see objects straight ahead. When the macula becomes damaged, it severely limits your ability to see things in your central line of vision.
As age-related macular degeneration progresses, a blurred area develops near the center of your vision. In addition, objects may not appear as sharp or bright as they used to. Colors seem faded. That loss of central vision can interfere with daily activities like recognizing faces, reading, driving, working, cooking, or watching TV.
Besides age, the biggest risk factor for AMD is smoking. Other risk factors include sun exposure ,high blood pressure and obesity.
Fortunately, an ancient spice may provide just the protection you need.
One study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney and in Italy found that those with macular degeneration experienced significant improvement in their symptoms when supplementing with saffron.
The researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of people with early stage AMD. One group in the study supplemented with 20 mg per day of saffron. After just 90 days the researchers saw significant improvement in the saffron group.
In addition, all of the patients reported an improvement in their quality of vision. They experienced improvements in contrast and color perception, reading ability, and vision in low lighting. All of that added up to a substantial improvement in the patients’ quality of life.
What’s in saffron that protects the eyes?
The researchers noted that saffron from the crocus flower contains chemical compounds called crocin and crocetin. These are antioxidant derivatives of carotenoids. Crocin protects photoreceptors from light-induced death. Crocetin increases the availability of oxygen to the cells.
Saffron also contains over 150 volatile and aromatic compounds that contribute to a long list of other saffron health benefits proven by science.
Improve your vision with this tea
You can prepare your own saffron tea that will recover your vision. All you need to do is add 1 gram of saffron into 1 cup of boiled water and stir. You can also add a bit of honey to sweeten it. Drink a few cups throughout the whole day.
You will be amazed of the results!