Can you really stop diabetic cataracts with brown algae?

Volume 4    |   Issue 50

On Monday, you saw how taking chromium and biotin along with your diabetic medication can help you handle your blood sugar fluctuations better. This can help diabetics avoid a number of problems. And, back in May, I showed you how phenols from plants can slow diabetic cataracts. In that Nutrient Insider (May 19, 2014), I suggested that brown algae, which has loads of phenols, might be a powerful way to slow cataracts. Well, now there's proof.

Before I tell you about this study, you may remember that a process called "glycation" — where excess glucose links to proteins in your blood vessels and red cells — contributes to cataract formation. The damage and inflammation glycation causes can thicken your blood vessels. This will slow circulation and reduce oxygen delivery. When this happens, it can lead to cataract formation.

Since cataracts are a major complication of diabetes, stopping glycation is a big deal for diabetics. Yes, surgery can remove the cataract. But it's better to avoid them in the first place. And you can do this by avoiding glycation. This study shows that brown algae can do just that.

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In this report, the researchers wanted to find out more about the inhibitory effects of brown algae on advanced glycation endproducts (AGE). They also looked at other contributors to diabetic complications, such as aldose reductase (AR) and oxidative stress. They found that the brown algae did indeed possess "inhibitory activity on glycation."

Then another group of researchers wanted to find out if brown algae could stop the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). Many studies have implicated these in the onset of diabetic complications. They found that the brown algae "exhibited potent inhibitory activities against both AGE formation and rat lens AR." Then they said that the brown algae "may represent a potential functional food resource for further prevention of diabetic complications."

Notice they said "diabetic complications" not just cataracts. That's important because glycation and AR can cause a lot more problems than just cataracts. So eating brown algae or taking brown algae supplements can help diabetics avoid many different health problems.

This is great news. I knew brown algae was packed with phenols. So it made sense that it would help fight cataracts. But it's good to see confirmation from studies.

There are a lot of brown algae products on the market. All of them can be effective depending on the concentrations of algae in the supplement. The most potent I've found is a proprietary blend called Seanol, which you can buy from Advanced Bionutritionals in a product called Alginol. It has the most potent concentration of Seanol on the market. Take one capsule, twice daily.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


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