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Eyesight and Food

Posted Jun 15 2009 4:25pm


A healthy diet can be the most important factor in building, supporting, maintaining, and also improving vision. While there is no single diet that is best for everyone, experts agree that a healthy diet high in vegetables is essential for eye health. Choose to make every meal an opportunity for enjoying more vegetables (preferably organic). Steam, stir fry, or simply eat them raw.

Get plenty of dark, green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, collards and chard in your body. Beyond dark greens, go for colored vegetables, including carrots (orange), squash (yellow), beets (red), and red cabbage (purple). Colors indicate phytonutrients, many of which are antioxidants and eye-specific nutrients capable of providing super nutrition for your eyes. Fruits can help vision, too. Select dark fruits that are high in antioxidants like blueberries and blackberries, as well as dried fruits like raisins and prunes.

Drink carrot juice and fresh organic vegetable juices:
You likely have heard that carrot juice is good for the eyes. Carrot juice works extremely well for this purpose, partly by providing large amounts of provitamin-A beta-carotene. Get a quality juicer and make at least 16 oz of juice every day. While you're making carrot juice why not add some beets, parsley greens, spinach leaves, celery stalks, or cucumber pieces into the mix?

Fresh vegetable juices truly are the #1 way to improve vision. After my 5 day juice fast my vision improved so much that I was able to stop wearing glasses and used just reading glasses sometimes.

Take antioxidant nutrients :
Antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Other antioxidants needed for ocular health include beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, and other carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. I take a whole food supplement from Whole Food Nation.

A well-publicized six-year study conducted by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin are highly effective at preventing free-radical damage in eye cells and strengthening eye cell membranes (Archives of Ophthalmology 125: 1225-32, Sept. 2007). The researchers found that lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eye by absorbing blue light that can damage the macula. NEI's study confirms what many studies have previously concluded: antioxidant carotenes powerfully protect and support eye health.

Superfoods for stronger vision:
For boosting core nutrition that supports excellent vision, the best foods are superfoods. Superfoods include chlorella, spirulina, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, and other foods. Superfoods provide greater quantities of nutrients than are typically found in foods. For example, chlorella provides a large amount of chlorophyll, but also offers essential fats, nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), and vitamins. The latest SuperFood I've added to my daily meals is Rice Bran from Whole Food Nation. (I give it to my dogs as well)

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After I used the Pops for a few months my vision improved enough that I didn't need glasses. I think it was the fruits and veggies that made a difference. Whatever it was, I was happy to see better, especially since Glaucoma runs in my family. My mom was blind at age 60.


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