Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Healthy Habits March 2016

Eat Smarter for Better Eye Health

In the last 20 years, eye health research has linked diet and nutrition with a decreased risk of age related macular degeneration and slower cataract formation. There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers.  Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision.  

Lutein and zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Foods high in Vitamin C include kiwi, strawberries, guavas, yellow and red bell peppers, kale, broccoli and turnip greens.  Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes. It is thought to protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals which break down healthy tissue.

Fats are a necessary part of the human diet. They maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuel cells and boost the immune system. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to be important for proper visual development and retinal function and may help reduce dry eye syndrome.

Zinc is an essential trace mineral or ‘helper molecule.’ It plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly in the retina and choroid, the vascular tissue layer lying under the retina.

Protect Your Vision

Eat an eye-healthy diet

Don’t smoke
Wear Hats & Sunglasses
Use Safety Eyewear
Take a Break From the Computer Screen
Regular Visits to Your Eye Doctor
Keep Diabetes Under Control

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