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Nutrition and Eye Health

How do you maintain healthy vision? Experts will tell you that a quarter of all nutrient intake goes to aide your visual system. In short, nutrition is key. Aside from your eyes, your visual system includes nerves, blood vessels, and areas of the brain that coordinate how images are interpreted. Keeping an optimum eye health can prevent potential eye related risks like macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and even minor conditions, such as allergies or dry eye syndrome.

What's considered a balanced diet for eye nutrition? Everybody has a general idea that whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other natural products provide for vitamins and nutrients that are easily absorbed into the body. However, candies or sugary foods ought to be limited as the body loses chromium and vitamin B since the body can't naturally process them. Your body also doesn't take certain medications, preservatives and caffeine, yes caffeine, without harming the body's overall health.

Food suggestions? What your mother may have told you is coming back to the table – dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and brussels sprouts, as well as dark berries like blueberries and blackberries can protect against serious illnesses such as macular degeneration, a very serious eye condition that is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 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. If you are brave enough, 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.

What if I want to eat more than vegetables and fruit? Obviously, not all of us have an easy time eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day. In this case, health professionals recommend incorporating at least one fruit or vegetable smoothie per day into your overall diet, which will allow you to get the required amount of greens per day in one easy meal or snack. Nutrients tend to absorb more quickly and effectively into the body in a liquid form, 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.