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Nutrition and Eye Health

limesEating healthy is important not just for dieting or building muscles, but nutrient intake, in fact, directly supports your visual system. About 1/4 of all nutrients go to your eye health, especially due to the fact that your visual system includes the nerves, blood vessels and parts of the brain that help to obtain and interpret the images that we see. Eating the right foods help prevent potential eye conditions from developing, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma. So, what exactly is proper nutrition?

Most of us understand that whole foods like fruits and vegetables provide the body necessary vitamins to stay healthy, but eating junk food or sweets causes a loss of chromium and vitamin B as it attempts to process white sugar. Also, medications, preservatives, and caffeine also deplete vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy eyes and vision. The best foods are dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and brussel sprouts. Plus, dark berries like blueberries or blackberries protect against eye conditions like macular degeneration, which is a serious disease that can result in loss of vision for those over 60.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be obtained from salmon and tuna, have proven to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the eyes, which, along with proper control of blood sugar can also protect against diabetic retinopathy. Wheat grass has also proven effective in the boosting of immune systems and reducing the chances of developing all diseases, including those that affect the eyes.
A person should follow their doctor or nutritionists recommended amount of healthy foods, but, more often than not, many of us are deficient in nutrients. Therefore, health experts advise that by adding either a fruit or vegetable smoothie each day can give that extra boost. Although green, leafy vegetables provide a lot of vitamins, a smoothie or liquid is absorbed faster and more effectively in the body, since the body does not have to work as hard to break it down.

Eating your way to good eye and visual health is easy with the right motivation and information. To learn more, contact your eye doctor today.