The eye lens (of dogs, cats and humans) is made up of water and protein. These protein molecules are arranged in such a way that the lens is kept clear and light can pass through unimpeded. But over time this protein arrangement can change.
Sunlight, pollution, poor diet and pharmaceutical drugs can all create free radicals (the bad guys) inside the body. These free radicals attack protein molecules in the lens and oxidize them. It is thought that the proteins begin to ‘set’ or ‘congeal’ causing part of the lens to cloud over. This is the start of a cataract. Over time, with more protein damage, the whole lens may become opaque. This loss of transparency results in loss of sight.
To prevent the lens proteins from oxidization, we need herbs that are powerful anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help neutralize the effects of free radicals and protect the lens from further oxidative damage.
Which herbs contain these cataract-busting antioxidants? Surprisingly, they are not exotic rainforest elixirs but everyday plant nutrients that have been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years.
Today, overwhelming clinical evidence supports the ingredients in our 100% phytonutrient formula, Primalix® CataractinTM for Cataracts in Dogs and Cats - Functional Food Drops.TM
Note: Primalix® CataractinTM cataract medication for dogs is a professional formula available only from Natural Wonder Pets.
Bilberry berries (Vaccinium Myrtillus)
The Bilberry berry is mentioned in old Chinese and European medical texts as being used for treating circulation and eye disorders. During World War II, British fighter pilots ate bilberries to improve their night vision. It's blue-purple color tells us right away this berry is a top-level antioxidant.
Bilberries contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have high antioxidant properties and have also been shown to improve circulation to the retina. They are responsible for the purple, blue or red color of berries.
In a recent Russian study, Bilberry extract was given to rats with senile-related cataracts. (A control group was not given Bilberry). The results were examined after 3 months. More than 70% of the control group displayed cataract degeneration. But the subjects who had taken Bilberry had no further impairment in the lenses. The Bilberry extract had halted the progress of the cataracts.
(For maximum efficacy, we use only USDA Certified Organic Bilberry berries and no Bilberry leaf.)
This next cataract-crunching herb is the wise old man of plant medicines. Ginkgo Biloba has literally been around for aeons (over 200 million years at the last count) making it one of the oldest trees on earth. It's medicinal uses have been known for thousands of years in China where it was used to treat circulatory problems, increase brain performance and remedy a host of other illnesses.
One study in Turkey showed that Ginkgo Biloba successfully inhibited the development of cataracts. Ginkgo Biloba was found to increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes. This greatly reduced free radical damage and prevented the lens proteins from further oxidization. Ginkgo extracts were also shown to have a protective effect against diabetic cataracts.
Herbal practitioners use Ginkgo biloba for increasing ocular and cerebral circulation. When circulation to the ciliary epithelium is reduced there is a corresponding reduction in aqueous humour, the plasma-like nutritive that cleanses and heals the crystalline lens of the eye.
An herb store favorite, Wheatgrass came into popularity in the 1930s because of a chemist named Charles Schnabel. Schnabel fed Wheatgrass to his ailing chickens, restoring them to good health with such vigor that Wheatgrass was promoted as a super health food and became a staple on drugstore shelves.
An Italian clinical study published in Biogerontology in 2005 showed Wheatgrass to not only stop but reverse cataracts in dogs. When dogs with age-related cataracts were given Wheatgrass extract for one month, the opacity of the lens not only stopped increasing, but was reduced by up to 40%. The researchers believe this reversal was due to amino acids and the high levels of antioxidant molecules found in Wheatgrass.
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale)
For many, this invader of lawns and gardens is a detested plant pest. But the common dandelion is actually one of the most beneficial healing herbs around and can work wonders for cataracts in dogs.
Traditional medicines have long used Dandelion to treat liver and kidney problems. We know from Chinese and Ayurvedic medicinal systems that the health of these organs affects the health of the whole body, including the eyes. In European folk medicine the dandelion was used specifically to cure eye disorders.
Dandelion root is used in modern medicine as (among other things) a liver detoxifier. Cleansing the liver improves eyesight. Dandelion has also been shown to increase circulation and strengthen retinal tissue. And it is rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A and C and Beta-Carotene.
Between them, this formidable foursome of Bilberry, Gingko Biloba, Wheatgrass and Dandelion root contain the most aggressive natural fighters of cataracts in dogs and cats. This is bad news for cataracts, but very good news for your dog or cat.
Our Primalix® CataractinTM cataract medication for dogs is a professional formula available only from Natural Wonder Pets.
Our extraction solvent (menstruum) consists of our own proprietary blend of organic vegetable glycerin, apple cider vinegar, and crystal clear water which we ionize and purify through filters measuring one one-hundredth of a micron. We do not extract with alcohol, which is harmful to dogs and cats, nor with heat which "denatures" the very herbal constituents that do the healing.
Our herbs are organically cultivated (USDA Certified Organic or Wildharvested) to maintain purity. Then we place them into our Full Spectrum extraction process, one precious gallon at a time, at the peak of their potency cycle, for no less than a fortnight.
Ours is a time-honored tradition of tincturing that assures the constituent ratios in our extracts are identical to the synergistic nutrient ratios in the plants used.
We make and sell only our own products, so we know exactly what’s in them. We know of no other herbal extraction method that so painstakingly prepares Nature's bounty for our beloved animal companions.
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