A natural compound made in the body has approval by the EU as a dietary supplement. The supplement is known as Citicoline. Though it is also called cytidine-5-diphosphocholine (or CDP-choline). Citicoline is important because scientists say it may help to prevent damage to retinal ganglion cells. These are a type of nerve cell at the back of the eye, with an important role in vision. Scientists say if citicoline can protect the retinal cells it may help with preventing glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a chronic disease and a leading cause of blindness. It involves damage to cells at the back of the eye which are called the retinal ganglion cells. Preventing this damage might preserve the vision.
Most often, the disease process occurs over many years, starting with cells that relate to the outer periphery of vision. In fact, the early stages may not produce noticeable symptoms. So, many people with early glaucoma are unaware of it. As the cells lose their ability to function they become dormant. Eventually, these cells die by a process of cell suicide known as apoptosis. Ultimately this leads to the destruction of the optic nerve and blindness. [Read more…] about Citicoline – a potential supplement for preventing glaucoma