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2016-03-16
What are the best Vitamins for your eyes ?


 

Diminishing eye sight seems inevitable with age but what if you could hold on to good vision for longer?

In this day and age leading a healthy lifestyle has become difficult and lets all admit most of us do not lead the healthy lifestyle we should. As we grow older though, not only our bodies but also our eye s can become more susceptible to damage caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and an overactive immune system. The body is flooded with defence cells and hormones that can, over time, damage parts of the eyes. The goal is to reduce and prevent free radical damage and inflammation. Both can destroy tissue in the eyes.

With the right diet and adding the correct supplements it is found that risks of developing age related eye disorders are significantly lowered.

Obviously reducing processed foods and adding more fresh and green food to your diet is a start towards helping our bodies and eyes. But what are the best Vitamins to take for your eyes?

Here are my top 7 Choices

  1. Lutein is probably the most potent anti-oxidant for your eyes. Once consumed it is transported throughout the body especially to the Macula and lens of the eyes. 6mg daily can reduce the risk for macular degeneration up to 43 percent.
  2. Zeaxanthin, together with Lutein is very important since they are delivered in the highest quantities into the eyes delicate macula. Just like lutein Zeaxanthin helps protects the tissue of the eye the lens and the macula for clear vision, glare prevention and light sensitivity issues and disorders such as cataracts.
  3. Vitamin C a highly effective anti-oxidant helps protect your vision by fighting free radicals and helping you absorb more trace minerals and nutrients in general. Vitamin C is also vital in helping repair damaged tissue and slowing down inflammation.
  4. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant and has shown to aid in preventing vision loss caused by degenerative conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Adequate intake of Vitamin A is needed to prevent night blindness and xerophthalmia, a condition related to Vitamin A deficiency. In conjunction with other antioxidants Vitamin A helps to slow the progression of nerve damage that can occur in conjunction with diabetic retinopathy.
  5. Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Vitamin C work together for healthy cells and strong tissue and protect against the effects of inflammation. These powerful antioxidants decrease the risk of age related macular degeneration and together they have shown to improve healing and vision in post eye surgery.
  6. Zinc is one of the most important nutrients that assists with nutrient absorption as it is involved in more than 100 metabolic processes and supports proper waste elimination which in turn prevents inflammation and cellular damage. Zinc benefits the yes as it plays a significant role in proper cell division and cell growth, balancing hormones, maintaining healthy circulation thus preventing auto immune reactions and controlling inflammatory responses.
  7. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are probably the most underestimated supplement yet. They have extreme anti-inflammatory properties and are able to slow down the effects of aging. If you consume moderate to large amounts of processed foods, chances are, you will be deficient. They are very powerful as they protect the tissue not only in the eyes. Omega 3 also stabilises blood sugar levels and helps fight eye damage caused by diabetes. Omega 3 improves circulation and helps to stop cells from mutating.

Nothing beats a balanced healthy diet that is low on sugar, processed and preserved foods.    But we can also support and help our bodies in the best way by adding these supplements to our daily intake and making sure we get enough of these little miracle workers

Madhu Lohmaier