Natural Healing Solutions Supplements
Natural Healing Solutions has an own-label supplement. Originally there were 2 products but I have now run out of the Canine Core Essentials and unfortunately cannot get hold of any more. I would highly recommend the Stem cell nutrition or Protandim as an alternative to help arthritic dogs.
Seeing Eye Drops
As your dog ages, sight becomes harder and maintaining eye health becomes a big concern.
Given your dog’s lifelong exposure to sunlight and other stressors, their eyes suffer gradual, cumulative damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Especially hard hit is the eye’s lens, which acts as a “magnifying glass” that focuses images onto the retina. As well, their eyes are deprived of essential nutrients as ageing diminishes the blood flow that supplies them. While nutritional supplements can help, they are often not enough.
Fortunately, there is a new way to reduce eye irritation and provide relief from eye dryness.
NHS Seeing Eye Drops is a sterile eye-drop formulation offering two proven lubricants (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and glycerin) that are FDA-approved for ophthalmic use. NHS Seeing Eye Drops also contains 1% N-acetylcarnosine (NAC), a naturally occurring antioxidant and anti-glycalating agent that helps protect the active ingredients from glycalation. NAC eye drops are now routinely prescribed for dogs that have been diagnosed with diabetes to prevent cataract formation which is common in diabetics.
For general preventive use, the recommended amount is 1-2 drops daily. For dogs with eye problems we recommend 1-2 drops twice daily. Each package contains 2 re-sealable vials, each containing a total of about 100 drops, which allows for only a small amount of product to be exposed to oxygen at a time. Unopened vials can be stored in the refrigerator to extend shelf life.
So whatever you can do to keep your dog’s eyes clear and healthy for the rest of her or his life, Seeing Eye Drops are your dog’s natural healing solution!
Glycerin (lubricant) 1.0%, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (lubricant) 0.15%
Sterile water (ophthalmic grade isotonic solution, pH 6.3 to 6.4), N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) 1.0%, buffered with boric acid, citric acid, and potassium bicarbonate, and, as a preservative, purified benzyl alcohol.
How can N-Acetylcarnosine actually work to reverse cataracts?
It is known that cataract formation is the result of high levels of oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) aka free radicals, in the eye. ROS activity results in the cross linking of lens proteins. It is this slow glycosylation that eventually causes lens opacity that limits the amount of light reaching the retina. This of course adversely effects vision.
This degenerative process increases as the natural antioxidant levels in the eye diminish. Antioxidants are continually being used in the eye for protection against over exposure to UV light, against toxins and chemicals present in the air our dogs breathe, the food they eat etc.
Researchers have discovered that the healthy eye contains high levels of the natural antioxidant carnosine. Those suffering from degenerative ocular diseases such as cataracts were found to have grossly deficient levels of this essential ocular antioxidant. I have no reason to believe that dog cataracts do not form or behave in the same way as human cataracts.
Up to 100% better vision in just 6 months
In a study published in 2002, researchers studied 49 cataract patients. Twenty-six of the participants used eye-drops containing 1% N-acetylcarnosine twice daily, 13 research volunteers used a placebo eye-drop twice daily, and the other 10 individuals got no eye-drops at all.
Participants were evaluated every two months for the first six months of the trial, then at six-month intervals for the next two years. During the evaluations, they ran tests for visual acuity and glare. They also took measurements of the participants' cataracts by stereo-cinematographic slit-images and retro-illumination examination of the lens, and digital analysis of lens images displayed light scattering and absorbing centres in two- and three-dimensional scales.
After six months, 90% of those treated with the drops containing N-acetylcarnosine showed improvement ranging from 7% to 100% in visual acuity, and 88.9% showed a 27% to 100 % improvement in glare sensitivity. The technical studies noted above found fewer areas of posterior subcapsular lens opacity and 41.5% of the N-acetylcarnosine treated eyes had improvement in the visual image seen. According to the researchers, the degree of change in visual image between the N-acetylcarnosine group and the two control groups (placebo and no treatment) was statistically very significant. And what makes these results even more impressive is that the improvements were sustained over the entire two-year study period not a single patient taking the N-acetylcarnosine eye-drops had any worsening of vision!
By contrast, the control groups showed significant worsening after both six and 24 months. All the patients taking the N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops tolerated them well, and there were no reports of side effects in the eyes or anywhere else in the body.