Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. But unfortunately they tend to degenerate as we grow older. Things become harder to see, conditions like cataracts and glaucoma develop, and our ability to see at night diminishes.
The good news is that there are several nutrients and substances that you can take to ensure that your eyes stay as healthy as possible. Several of them are described below.
1. Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two chemicals usually found together in green leafy vegetables, eggs and oranges. They’re a part of the carotenoid family of chemicals, which means that they act as both an antioxidant and help to filter out high-energy harmful blue wavelengths of light that can accelerate macular degeneration.
Beta-carotene is another member of the carotenoid family. It’s the inactive form of vitamin A, and it acts similarly to lutein and zeaxanthin in that it acts as an antioxidant. This means it helps to resist and reverse macular degeneration.
The difference is that it helps different components of the eye stay healthy. Beta-carotene gets converted in vitamin A by the body, which it then uses to help prevent the loss of peripheral vision and to halt the progression of diseases like Stargardt’s disease.
Flavonoids are chemicals found in plants, yet tend to only be accessible in the form of tea, wine, citrus fruits, legumes or soy products. They work to halt macular degeneration and cataracts through a mechanism that is still yet to be determined, but one that likely coincides with the anti-inflammatory qualities that these chemicals exhibit in the body.
4. Ascorbic Acid
Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is one of the key chemicals that prevent cataracts from forming in the eye. A lack of ascorbic acid has been linked to an early onset of cataracts, macular degeneration and a loss of visual acuity.
Selenium works in combination with carotenoids and ascorbic acid to keep the muscles of the eyes supple while helping the body to fight off any potential bacterial or viral invaders. It also acts as a natural antioxidant.
6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids have inherent anti-inflammatory qualities, and they help to keep blood pressure under control. These two benefits can prevent things like blurred vision, a loss of visual acuity, advanced macular degeneration and more.
Better Sight Through Better Nutrition
Eating natural foods allows for your body to process nutrients that would otherwise be stripped away by the processes of cooking and packaging. By looking for foods rich in the above chemicals, you’ll be able to help your sight improve and to prevent the onset of afflictions like macular degeneration and cataracts.