The human body undergoes numerous processes in its lifespan, and the last one is the aging process. Although we are not so eager when it comes, the fact remains that it is an inevitable process. The first signs of this process are the physical changes like the wrinkles appearing on the face, hair falling, issues with vision and skin, and as well as internal issues like knee and joint pain, osteoporoses, and many more.
Thankfully, there are numerous foods which have the ability to decelerate the aging process and lower its numerous effects.
In this article we shall focus on the foods that are very beneficial for the general health of the body’s eyesight.
Thanks to the length and shape of the eyeballs, and also for the thickness of the eye lens we can see things that are close and the ones at a distance. The eyesight is as well as affected by the light-sensitive cells in the retina, which is located at the back of the eyes.The appearance of cataracts is one of the main causes of vision loss.
Foods that contain the compounds of Lutein and Zeaxanthin are very beneficial for the health of the vision. Therefore, make sure to consume foods containing these two components.
Here it is what BBC states regarding this issue:
“Lutein and zeaxanthin are found commonly in dark green leafy vegs such as kale and spinach, and also bell peppers, corn, and saffron. Meso-zeaxanthin is generally not found in plants — it is thought to be made in our bodies from lutein (although it is also present in some fish … ) These pigments, once we eat them, appear to be important in our vision and in helping keep the macula healthy.”
The well-known Mosley writes the following:
“The results of my tests were both fascinating and depressing. My detection of yellow and blue colors was extremely poor — something that [Professor John] Barbur said was likely the result of my brush with diabetes many years ago.
My night vision and perception of details were also poor compared with younger people — but consistent with my age. The Trust Me team then handed me a 90-day supply of supplement pills that were supposed to help.”
Once the 90-day period has passed of consuming lutein, and zeaxanthin, Mosley reported an incredible boos of vision.
This potency of these compounds was confirmed by conducted studies lead by experts who have revealed that the daily intake of 10 milligrams of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin normalize the vision and treat all vision issues.
Mosley continues with his explanation:
“Should we all, then, be taking supplements to protect and even improve our eyesight? Well, the research certainly shows that supplements work.
Even for someone like me, who has a relatively healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and whose blood levels of the compounds that weren’t particularly low, the supplements helped. However, some researchers believe that diet can simply be enough if we eat the right things.”
Green Leafy Vegetables
Kale and Spinach
Both nutrients are present in green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach which show high content of lutein and zeaxanthi.
Another team of experts conducted a study relating the importance of lutein and zeaxanthi, and here are their findings:
“Most of the dark green leafy vegetables, previously recommended for a higher intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, have 15 [to] 47 percent of lutein, but a very low content (0 to 3 percent) of zeaxanthin.
You can also consume egg yolk whichpresents a good source of these nutrients. SO it will improve the eye health too.”
This type of berry is also packed with lutein in zeaxanthin, and therefore make sure to consume it as well. Here it is what experts say on consuming bilberry:
“When looking for a bilberry supplement for the eye, choose one that also includes 10 to 20 mg lutein and 1 to 2 mg zeaxanthin. Patients should target 80 to 160 mg daily. Those seeking prevention of eye disease, or just protection of the cells, can target 40 to 80 mg daily in combination with other antioxidant vitamins or in fruit combinations, such as blueberry/bilberry/raspberry.”
Have in mind that in order to obtain all the benefits that the yolk can offer for your body, you should consume the eggs produced from free-range, pastured hens. Their yolks are with bright orange color indicating that they are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which is not the case with pale yellow yolks produced by caged hens that are fed with unnatural foods.
Citrus Fruits – Vitamin C
It was revealed in a newly performed study that the regular consumption of vitamin C prevents the occurrence of cataracts. Hence, make sure to take in more citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges so that to increase the vitamin C levels in the body.
These cherries are highly beneficial as they are packed with vitamin C. Namely, each cherry has in its content 80 mg of this vitamin, plenty of micronutrients, and only 1 calorie.
Fish – Omega 3 fats
The consumption of omega 3 fats will protect your eyes from blindness. According to various researchers these fats have the highest content in fish.
Here are the best fish with highest content of omega-3 fats, but very low in environmental pollutants:
Krill oil – is found in wild Alaskan salmon and showing a rich content of astaxanthin, a potent supporter of the vision of eyes.
Fish roe – is present in small fatty, cold-water fish such as herring, sardines, and anchovies.
The RPE – Retinal Pigmented Epithelium has the role to convert photons from sunlight into electrons. These electrons provide a DC electric current which is highly important for the adequate functioning of the body which is done via the photoelectric effect. The well-known scientist Einstein received a Nobel Prize in 1921 on this matter.
Therefore, it is of vital importance to prevent damage to the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA — which is an essential animal-based omega-3 fat).
The consumption of healthy foods is the ultimate way for better health, and as well as leading a healthy lifestyle. In this way you will obtain an optimal health and better vision.