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Antioxidants in Food For Healthy Eyes

Posted Jan 29 2011 3:51pm
Eye health is important to me because Glaucoma runs in my immediate family. My Mom was blind after years of treatments for her Glaucoma.  Eating the right foods can add a benefit to your eye health.  I even had my vision improve after an intensive juice fast.   I don't recommend you do this kind of fast without the direction of a doctor.

The following article was written by a professional about how diet and vision are linked.
Contact Tim Harwood with any questions and I thank Tim for taking the time to share this article with us.
For anyone who has ever had an eye disease or problems with their vision, then the health of their eyes is something which is likely to be extremely important to them. Our eyes are precious to us and without them our lives would not be the same. There is growing amounts of evidence to suggest that eating a diet rich in certain anti oxidants can be beneficial to the health of our eyes.

Many of the degenerative conditions within our body and also our eyes are thought to be caused by the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to the cells within our body and our eyes which can cause problems. Put simply, free radicals are produced as a by product of the natural oxidative processes within our body. Therefore by increasing the amount of anti oxidants in our diet, we should be able to reduce these free radicals within our eyes.
The 2 most important antioxidants that are found within our eyes are Zeaxanthin and Lutein. These pigments are classified as carotenoids and play a major role in the maintenance and repair of the cells within our eyes. They are especially found within the retina which is the single most important part of our eye. Any damage to the retina and in particular the central part of the retina (the macula) can significantly impair our vision.
Although research suggests that these antioxidants can benefit the health of the eyes, there is no guarantee that they will have an effect. It is hoped that a diet rich in these nutrients can slow down the progression of both cataracts and Glaucoma. Although cataracts are easily treated and therefore not as much of a concern, age related macular degeneration on the other hand is often untreatable. Macular degeneration can have a devastating effect on some people’s lives as it affects the very central part of your vision. This is the most important part of your vision as it is responsible for detailed tasks such as reading, writing and recognizing people’s faces.

Macular degeneration is thought to be caused by free radicals within the macula and so anything to reduce this will in theory help the disease. Increasing the amount of Zeaxanthin and Lutein in our diet has been shown to slow down the development of macular degeneration in some people.
In addition to eating certain foods it is advisable to stop smoking and also to avoid excessive sun light exposure to your eyes. Both smoking and UV light can increase the number of free radicals in your eyes and therefore increase your chances of getting macular degeneration.
Green cabbage, Kale, broccoli, peas, green beans and courgettes. They can also be found in many other foods but they are found in the highest concentrations in the vegetables mentioned here. It is recommended that you eat a large bowl of these vegetables each day but my advice would be just to try and include them in your diet as often as you can. As the population continues to get older and older the chances of getting macular degeneration will continue to increase. It is for this reason that trying to include these foods in your daily diet is becoming increasingly important.

BIO Tim Harwood is an Optometrist based in England and also the owner of the website which specializes in cosmetic surgery and laser eye surgery forums.

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