In a brand new article, Dr Mercola discusses new findings that confirm that what you eat has an important role to play in the health of your eyes as you age.
The original story, featured in an episode of the BBC TV program “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor,” aired on September 8 2016. Dr. Michael Mosley discusses his own vision problems and his experiences with nutritional intervention.
His conclusion : “Nourishing your eyes with appropriate nutrients throughout the years can go a long way toward maintaining good eyesight well into your senior years”.
Your vision is largely dependent on your lifestyle
As noted by the BBC program, “Contrary to popular belief, your vision is largely dependent on your lifestyle. Nourishing your eyes with appropriate nutrients throughout the years can go a long way toward maintaining good eyesight well into your senior years.
Even if your eyesight has started to deteriorate, evidence suggests you can stop the deterioration. You may even be able to turn back the clock, as it were, and improve your vision’”
Two of the most important nutrients for eye health are: lutein and zeaxanthin, primarily found in green leafy vegetables, with kale and spinach topping the list of lutein-rich foods.
These nutrients are also found in orange- and yellow-colored fruits and vegetables.
The article also reports that Animal-based omega-3 fats, vitamin C, and egg yolk are good sources of both lutein and zeaxanthin
Avoiding Artificial Blue Light is Important for your eye health
Interestingly the BBC programme also mentioned that avoiding blue light, especially from LED lights, at all times but especially at night, will help prevent vision deterioration
“The full extent of the health benefits associated with blue light avoidance are only now beginning to be understood. Sunglasses that block blue light have the benefit of making objects appear sharper, but mounting research suggests blocking blue light also serves an important biological purpose by regulating your internal body clock, which controls your sleep patterns, and other bodily functions.
Indeed, exposure to artificial light is likely one of the most often-overlooked health risks of living in the 21st century”
One of the simplest and least expensive ways to protect your body’s internal rhythm, and thereby support healthy sleep and a lowered risk of many chronic diseases, is to wear amber-colored glasses that, apparently, block blue light — not just at night – but anytime you are exposed to fluorescent or LED lights.
“This is because LED’s and fluorescent lights, although far more energy efficient, have unbalanced wavelengths that are very different from the sun, with a predominance of blue frequencies that contributes to free radical production, and lack the red, infrared, and near infrared healing frequencies that stimulate repair and regeneration, and are present in thermal light sources like clear incandescent bulbs.”
This was new information for me, and very interesting if, like me, your eyesight has deteriorated over time; which I must say I personally find extremely annoying and frustrating.
The good news is, I enjoy both Kale and Spinach in my daily vegetable smoothies, and also cooked in my evening meal, mixed with other vegetables.
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