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Give Your Eyes Enough Nutrition

Have you ever heard that your eyes need plenty of nutrition? It’s true, and research backs this up. But did you know that the Standard American Diet tends to be very low in some eye-essential nutrients? The eyes are the second most physiologically active part of our body (#1 is the brain). At Natural Eye Care, we believe the eyes require approximately 25% of the nutrients we take into our body, if we eat a healthy diet. Even though most Americans consume enough calories, we may still have poor nutrition for the eyes. No wonder Macular Degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy and Diabetic Retinopathy affect so many adults! You can start eating right at any age to help preserve your vision.

This article examines each part of the eye, related diseases, causes of these diseases, and risk factors.1 Research has shown that certain nutrients support each specific part of the eye. You will notice that the lists of foods high in eye-supporting nutrients are repetitive. For example, broccoli appears six times! The Mediterranean Diet encompasses almost all of these foods in healthy proportions.

Connective Tissue

The body’s connective tissue holds the organs and other body parts in place. Problems with the eye’s connective tissues can lead to vision loss. Common eye conditions resulting from connective tissue damage include vitreous tears/detachments, retinal tears/detachment and macular hole. Rare diseases of the connective tissues that may damage vision include Marfan Syndrome and Sjogren’s Syndrome. Some have clear genetic causes, while others do not.

Risk factors for vitreous tears/detachments and retinal detachment are often age-related (usually over 45), head trauma, age-related shrinkage of the vitreous (gel-like substance in the eyeball), and cumulative damage to from other eye conditions (such as diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and retinal tears). Nearsightedness is another risk factor. Tthe more nearsighted, the greater the risk. People with flashes, sudden floaters, or vision loss should consult a doctor immediately.

Risk factors for developing macular holes are unknown, except for age (50+). However, half of Stage I patients recover fully without intervention. Natural Eye Care recommends specific nutrients in case of early-stage macular holes not requiring surgery, in addition to complying with the doctor’s orders.

Connective tissue is made from protein. The eye’s health reflects the health of the entire body. Therefore, good nutrition that supports connective tissue may have an impact on vision health. Your nutritional intake should include antioxidants, especially bioflavonoids, essential fatty acids, Glycosaminoglycans, hyaluronic acid, MSM, vitamin C, silica, and glucosamine sulfate. Good food sources for building connective tissue are:

  • broccoli
  • cucumber
  • salmon
  • spinach
  • walnuts
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