Choose Foods That Will Improve Your Vision
There are many things that can be done to improve vision naturally. Eye exercises are very beneficial for this purpose, but never overlook the importance of eating right. If you focus on improving your nutritional intake, you will see many health benefits, including improved eyesight.
Some nutrients are known to prevent eye diseases that are common in the elderly, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Others are known to improve conditions such as night blindness. Any of these nutrients can provide benefits for people that suffer from myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. What follows is a brief look at some of those nutrients, as well as the foods that they come from. You might consider adding these foods as a good nutritional supplement to your diet.
Chromium Deficiency and Glaucoma Chromium is an essential nutrient. It cannot be produced by the body. So, it must be consumed through the diet. Researchers have noticed that chromium deficiency is becoming more common and is a major risk factor for developing glaucoma, which is increased pressure within the eye. Glaucoma can eventually cause blindness.
In addition to the preventative benefits, chromium has also been shown to improve vision, by improving the eyes ability to focus at close range. Dietary sources include beef, chicken, wheat germ, green peppers and spinach.
What About Antioxidants, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration?
Antioxidants of all kinds are important to every cell of the human body. Age related eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, may be caused by low antioxidant intake throughout a person’s life. The vitamins A, C and E are the best known antioxidants and there are many food sources of those vitamins. But, there are some antioxidants that are not commonly present in the diet and they have been shown to help improve vision and prevent age-related eye diseases.
Glutathione is an amino acid and an antioxidant. The body can produce it, so it is not considered essential. But, if anything interferes with its production (stress, free radical damage, etc), then we have a problem. It’s a good choice for supplementation.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in some plant foods, including dark leafy greens. They stimulate the production of a pigment that protects that interior of the eyes from sun damage. Blue-eyed people have less of these naturally protective pigments. So, they should consume more lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as other carotenoids.
Eating more fruits and vegetables of all kinds will help improve vision, prevent age related eye diseases and improve your overall health. Taking a good dietary supplement will help, too.