A former bouncer who became a vegan bodybuilder revealed how he was able to improve his eyesight within six months by overhauling his diet.
Paul Kerton, 45, from Norwich has reduced the strength of his glasses and contact lenses prescription after suffering with shortsightedness.
The bodybuilder who was around -3.50 in one eye and -3.00 in the other would consume around 500 grams of animal protein each day in the hopes of gaining muscle quickly.
Paul describes his eyesight as being ‘blind as a bat’ before making a switch to a diet free from meat, dairy and eggs. For the past six months, he has also being taking ‘CBD Armour’ which is a legal oil supplement made from the cannabis plant alongside embracing his new diet.
Paul Kerton, 45, from Norwich (pictured with his partner Gemma Nichols, 35,) has drastically improved his eyesight within six months by overhauling his diet
Paul (pictured before left and after right) relied on ‘powerful’ glasses and contact lenses before switching to a vegan diet along with a CBD supplement
Speaking about his eyesight the former meat-eater revealed the improvement in his eyesight has inspired him to encourage others to try a vegan diet.
‘There was a time I was probably eating more animal products than anyone else you’ve ever met.
‘I was in such a rush to pack on muscle that in the end I was consuming 500 grams of animal protein every single day.
‘I would eat my way through 10KG of chicken and guzzle down 42 litres of milk every week.
‘I’d cram in lots of tuna and the odd steak and wash it all down with copious amounts of whey protein.
‘So, obviously, in the beginning I was resistant, thinking meat was essential for muscle growth, or that if we don’t have dairy our bones will crumble!
Paul (pictured before) says there was a time when he would eat more meat than most people and was consuming around 500 grams of animal protein each day
Paul (pictured with his partner) followed in his partner’s footsteps to change his diet and says the decision also improved his bodybuilding abilities
‘Happily I had the good sense to follow my partner’s lead.
‘Six months into being vegan, far from ruining my training I was the strongest I’d ever been, leg pressing over 400kg for 16 reps.’
‘I used to be blind as a bat, but in the first six months of turning vegan, my vision improved vastly.
‘My opthalmologist nearly fell off his chair when I had an eye test and my vision and I saw how much my eyesight had improved.
‘I still wear contact lenses but they’re half the strength they used to be.
‘I whole heartedly believe it’s because of veganism.
‘And I’m on a mission to show the world the amazing power of vegan whole foods, in terms of sports performance and the prevention, treatment and even reversal of chronic diseases.’
Paul (pictured after) revealed his own results have inspired him to encourage others to embrace a vegan lifestyle in the hopes of boosting health
Paul (pictured with his partner) believes his change in nutrition along with taking CBD Armour has also given him a calmer mood
Paul, who runs ‘Hench Herbivore Personal Training’ and gives speeches at Vegan Festivals, says there’s been a huge switch in his temperament and mood, too since he began taking a supplement with his new diet.
‘Before, I would always have to be the loudest. Now I’m calmer, more relaxed and better balanced. Again, I believe it’s down to my new diet
‘I would take CBD Armour to help with workout recovery and to ease aches and pains. But then I noticed a change in confidence too, especially giving public talks. ‘I do a lot of public speaking and I used to be the last person who would want to give a speech.
‘But I suddenly started to enjoy it and to have a laugh. You can’t get me off the stage now!
‘It’s been a quantum leap in my confidence. And again, it’s down to going vegan and the CBD oil
‘In ten years from now, I think the majority of people will be vegan. It will grow as more people see the benefits to their health.’
‘The sad fact is the majority of our friends and family members will die at their own hands because of what they choose to put in their mouths.’
Paul (pictured) who runs ‘Hench Herbivore Personal Training’ believes in ten years time the majority of people will be vegan
Paul now has a vision of -1.75 in one eye and -1.50 in the other.
Leading UK laser eye surgeon David Allamby, founder of London’s Focus Clinics is skeptical of Paul’s change in vision.
‘Paul experienced quite a significant change in vision acuity – which is unusual.
‘And you can get prescription changes with the onset of cataracts, including a reduction in myopia.
‘I’d suggest he gets his eyes examined again to rule-out anything untoward.’
Can diet impact your vision?
A 2009 study by the University of Georgia which was published in the Journal Of Food Science found that Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits can potentially increase visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases.
However Psychology Today later published an article in 2017 stating that Vitamin A is the most vital source for aspects of brain function including vision and memory. The science experts went on to say the vitamin is more difficult to obtain in plant based foods than from animal sources.
According to a 2019 article by Medical News Today the richest source of Vitamin A is Beef liver followed by cod liver oil and then sweet potato.