There are plenty of dietary guidelines that contribute to achieving healthy eyesight. The nutrients you get from foods will help to promote good eye health. When you eat plenty of spinach you will benefit from the beta carotene present in it, nuts provide you with vitamin E and lean beef supplies you with zinc. An organic diet consisting of such food items can reduce the risk of vision loss by 35 percent for people between 70 and 85 years of age, as per a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Foods brimming with the kind of antioxidants mentioned above help to fight age-related eye disease called macular degeneration, which is the principal cause of blindness in the elderly. Antioxidants counter the oxidation effects on the tissues and structure of the eyes. The body tries to counter oxidation effects by production and the use of antioxidants as found in Vitamins.
Vitamins have been found to Improve, Protect and Support Eye Health
- Vitamin C - Found in fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, strawberries, rosehip, and broccoli, reduces pressure in the Glaucoma, slowing macular degeneration deterioration and reducing cataract risk.
- Vitamin A - Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and the liver can reduce cataract risk and blindness at night. Its shortcoming could cause blindness and corneal ulcers.
- Vitamin E - Found in many nuts, such as almonds and hazelnuts, uses its antioxidant properties to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Vital Role of Minerals
Minerals play a vital role in maintaining and improving eyesight. Minerals are inorganic compounds carbon-free that actually metabolize vitamins in the body. They help maintain the flow of electricity information necessary for every element.
Some minerals and compounds have been thought to be crucial to eye health are:
- Zinc - found in red meat, wheat, oysters
- Selenium - seafood, yeast, and nuts
- Lutein - spinach and collard green - reduces dry eyes
- Bioflavonoids - citrus fruits, bilberry, and strawberries - improve night vision
- Carotenoids pigment - red, orange and yellow fruits and plants, leafy green vegetables prevents macular degeneration and cataracts
Ideally, all the nutrients mentioned should be present in normally available food. But that’s not the case because modern farming practices read pesticides and fertilizers and the depletion of soil nutrients has resulted in fruit and vegetables not that rich in minerals and vitamins. That is why food supplements and organic food are needed.
But not everyone can have organic food:
- for lack of money
- for lack of access.
It is a good option to get those missing nutrients and avoid potentially dangerous diseases such as macular degeneration.
- Bilberry - Bilberry is a herb used for both gastrointestinal and eye health. It contains active ingredients called Anthocyanidin Bioflavonoids, which are are antioxidants that help improve the flow of blood through the capillaries in the eyes. It's also used to treat diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
- Grapeseed - Grapeseed improves the peripheral circulation in our eyes and also strengthens the capillaries.
- Eyebright - Eyebright makes a great eye home remedy. It's great for sore eyes, and has an anti-inflammatory and soothing action.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Research from Harvard Medical School has found that taking Omega-3 oils reduces the chance of getting dry eyes. Try taking 3 to 6 grams of a good quality fish oil supplement daily.