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Nutrition and the Eye
We all try to be as healthy as possible these days, and the majority of us would eat better to feel better and have a healthier body. Did you know that your eyes will also benefit from these healthier foods?
Vitamins A, C and E have been found to help maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. If you eat any of the foods mentioned below, you're on the right track to help achieve healthy vision for life.
Like Mum Says... EAT YOUR GREENS!
More than 50% of those surveyed said they had absolutely no idea that what they ate could affect their visionA number of different vegetables contain these useful antioxidant vitamins, such as raw carrots, brussel sprouts, green beans, green peas, green leafy vegetables (such as spinach or kale) - quite a few greens basically!
Many fruits are also rich is these vitamins. Try to incorporate some of the following fruits into your daily diet: grapefruit, oranges, kiwi fruit, dried apricots, tomatoes and peppers (yes, those last two are both fruits!).
Eye health supplements are available too, and we highly recommend Macushield, which is available to buy from us. These supplements contain vitamins A, C and E as well as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which is suggested to assist in lowering the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration.
A report commissioned by HealthSure2, one of the UK's leading and most innovative healthcare cash plan providers, highlights how Brits are oblivious to the fact that making the right lifestyle choices can preserve, and even restore their vision.
More than 50% of those surveyed for the healthy eyes report had absolutely no idea that what they ate could affect their vision. This is despite the fact that eating just one portion of fish a week can reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration by 40%. Macular degeneration (or AMD) is a condition which affects over 600,000 people in the UK alone.
Your weight can also influence your risk of developing potentially sight-threatening conditions. Maintaining a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) helps to preserve macular pigment density, which, in turn, helps to protect the retina against the breakdown of cells in the eye and the onset of AMD.
Damage to blood vessels in the eye caused by excess body weight has also been linked to the onset of glaucoma and diabetes. Blood vessels can also become damaged from smoking - but more on that in tomorrow's blog!
Take a look at our top ten tips to healthy eyes for some more helpful information.