The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve can cause severe vision loss. Many eye diseases threaten the optic nerve. This is why Dr. Grossman at Natural Eye Care created formulas that support the optic nerve. His Herbal Coleus Ultra Formula is a select mixture of wild crafted herbs for optic nerve support (also see his new wild crafted formula Dr. Grossman’s Bilberry/Gingko Combination for supporting healthy circulation and blood vessels).
For example, one of the more well-known eye diseases is glaucoma. Affecting mostly seniors, glaucoma is a cluster of diseases that impact the ocular nerve. High intraocular pressure called “open-angle glaucoma” is the most common form of glaucoma, but there are many cases of diagnosed glaucoma where the eye pressure is actually normal or even low. Glaucoma is known at the “silent thief,” because there are typically no symptoms except at one point the patient notices poorer peripheral vision. This is why regular eye exams (typically annually) is important.
Fluid in the interior of the eye circulates through a spongy trabecular meshwork near the front of the eye. When the meshwork becomes clogged a chain reaction begins that deprives the optic nerves of nutrients. In this nutrient-deficient state the optic nerve is vulnerable to oxidative stress which appears to play a role in the development of glaucoma.1 2
These diseases damage the optic nerve: glaucoma, optic neuritis, Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, toxic optic neuropathy, nutritional optic neuropathy, compressed optic neuropathy, syphilis (untreated), and tumors or growths that press on the optic nerve. Even high blood pressure, low thyroid and/or poor absorption of nutrients (assuming a good diet) can even negatively effect the optic nerve. There are numerous studies relating poor circulation and/or poor availability of essential nutrients reaching the eyes as being a big factor in glaucoma and maintaining the health of the optic nerve (and retina).
Ingredients in the Formula
The antidote for oxidative stress is antioxidants. Antioxidants slow or prevent the oxidation of key biochemicals in the eye; such oxidation creates an environment in which free radicals that cause cellular damage flourish. Coleus forskohlii is a strong antioxidant. This herb relaxes smooth muscles in the body, which may be the reason for its beneficial effect in reducing intraocular pressure (as well as helping lower blood pressure). See research on Coleus forskohlii and glaucoma.
Lycii Berry is also known as Goji berry, Chinese boxthorn, or Chinese wolfberry. It is a red berry similar to a raisin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lycii Berry is used in a cooling “yin” tonic. It is used for vision, liver and kidney support. In lab animals Lycii Berry supports the production of zeaxanthin, a critical antioxidant for vision health.3
Bilberry is a cousin of the blueberry, rich in flavonoids. It is of a family of flavonoid antioxidants known as anthocyanosides which, in addition to fighting free radicals, are anti-inflammatory agents, protect nerve cells, are anti-carcinogenic, and support the cardiovascular system.4
How to Use Dr. Grossman’s Herbal Coleus Ultra Formula
Take 15 drops by mouth two to three times per day, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner. Best if mixed with an ounce of water before meals, or an hour after meals. Dr. Grossman’s Herbal Coleus Ultra Formula can be taken alone, or it can be mixed with Dr. Grossman’s ReVision Formula.
- J. Zhao, et al, Oxidative stress in the trabecular meshwork, International Journal of Molecular Medicine, October 2016. ↩
- A.C. Gauthier, J. Liu, Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection in Glaucoma, The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, March, 2016. ↩
- I. Leung, M. Tso, et al, Absorption and tissue distribution of zeaxanthin and lutein in rhesus monkeys after taking Fructus lycii (Gou Qi Zi) extract, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, February, 2001. ↩
- Vorob’eva IV, Current data on the role of anthocyanosides and flavonoids in the treatment of eye diseases, Vestnik Oftalmologii, September, 2015. ↩