Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cataracts and Carnosine Eye Drops

Very interesting new research "Protective Effects of l- and d-Carnosine on α-Crystallin Amyloid Fibril Formation: Implications for Cataract Disease" published in the July 28 issue of the journal Biochemistry regarding the use of carnosine to prevent or reverse cataract formation. This research holds forth the promise of greater acceptance of the use of carnosine eye drops in order to maintain eye health.

Some excepts:

"In conclusion, in this study, we observed that considering α-crystallin alone or the more complex model of lens organ culture, the presence of carnosine prevents fibril formation, maintains chaperone activity, and disassembles already formed fibrils, restoring almost completely lens transparency. Moreover, because of its resistance to carnosinases, d-carnosine can be a valuable therapeutic tool."

"Carnosine is also present in the eye lenses at a high level, therefore, our result supports the hypothesis that a possible decrease during aging, as it is known in the muscle, could contribute to age-related cataractogenesis,"

Carnosine eye drops are available without a prescription, however it is critical to only use documented products, tested for purity by independent laboratories.

Please note- the research above involved the bathing of the eye lenses in a liquid solution containing carnosine. Oral ingestion of carnosine capsules has never shown a beneficial result against cataracts.