Supplements and Foods for Healthy Eyes

Beauty is in the watchman's eye. The eyes are the soul's window. I just got your eyes. For sorrowful eyes it was a sight. Top in the eye ...

There are so many sentences which have something to do with the eyes. In many obvious ways, they are extremely important to us, but they are taken for granted by many people. The truth is that many eye problems occur so slowly that we will not notice them until the symptoms are serious and the problem has progressed. Your eyes can, however, benefit from natural prevention and care, as every other aspect of your health.

The four main problems of eye health are:

  • Cataracts – if the eye's lens is opaque, it impairs the eye's perceptive capacity to see light and its view.
  • Glaucoma - an imbalance in drainage and fluid production in the eyes which causes vision and ultimate blindness of the optic nervous.
  • Maculate degeneration – if the vision is affected by a small portion of the retina. This is usually associated with age.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – Due to the chronically elevated glucose level and/or high bloody pressure, the small blood vessels of the retina have suffered.

One of the best things to do with your eyes is regular eye testing. The devices used can detect a problem long before the symptoms become obvious. Wearing sunglasses is the most common talk about prevention. UV rays play a role in nearly all major eye diseases, and a healthy idea is to reduce your exposure. Nutritional protocols and supplements can be used to preserve the health of your eye.

Blood sugar is a top-of-the-line check for eye health nutrition protocols. The main cause of blindness in the United States is diabetes. In addition, studies found that eye problems such as retinopathy can result from a Diet that is high in sugars and carbohydrates. High blood sugar can also increase the blood pressure that causes both glaucoma and retinopathy. Another way to aid your eyes is to eat food high in antioxidants, such as fruit and vegetables. The low antioxidant diet was demonstrated to correlate with increased cataract risk, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

There are certain nutrients that benefit your eye health:

  • Lutein is an antioxidant and antimicrobial to prevent harmful light and is a major source of visual acuity. It is found in dark green blueberries such as peas, broccoli, potatoes, oranges, carrots, squash, gova and egg yolks, among other whole foods. Cataracts and macular degeneration were shown to decrease, and the development of diseases was possibly slowed down.
  • An age related eye study has found that vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene have reduced the risk of eye condition during 6 years. It is a good basis for your eye health.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and have shown higher intakes to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and also slow down progression.
  • The herbs Ginkgo, Eye bright, Coleus forskohlii, have all been shown to help the eye. Many cultures have used Eye bright for eye problems for centuries.
  • Turmeric/curcumin has been shown to be a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance to protect against cataracts in rat studies.
  • Cannabis (which contains cannabinoids) lowers eye pressure and is used to treat glaucoma for years. Medical cannabis is now more widely available in the U.S. for treating eye and other problems.

There are additives, including herbs and other nutrients, that improve your eye health, such as multi-vitamins. Supplements designed specifically to promote healthy eyes can also be found.

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