Food For Vision- How to prevent glaucoma in diets.

A research published by the Health Encyclopedia suggests, that a healthier diet, one that includes, green leafy vegetables and sea food, is one the causes responsible for the decrease in macular degeneration in Americans aged above 40. Steven Pratt, M.D. , claims, healthy food can not only help defend against macular degeneration , but other vision disorders like cataracts and glaucoma.

Glaucoma, commonly known as “theft of vision”, sets in unnoticed and gradually impairs vision, often leading to blindness if left untreated. Caused by increase in the interocular pressure, it damages the optic nerves which sends vision to the brain. Diabetic patients and people over 40 are prone to develop glaucoma.

How does food help in preventing glaucoma?

Along with regular check-up with an ophthalmologist , treatment with glaucoma medicines and eye drops, changes in dietary habits play an important role in preventing alleviating glaucoma.
Specific antioxidants and nutrients that are linked to lower these eye ailments are

  • Lutein
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin A,
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Food that are rich in Lutein are:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Turnip greens
  • Collard greens
  • Squash

Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  • Cold water fishes , like the salmon, herring and mackerel
  • Fish-oil supplements
  • Walnuts
  • Freshly ground flaxseeds

Vitamin A is found in:

  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Whole milk
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Kale Turnip greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Papaya
  • Red Peppers
  • Cheddar cheese

Vitamin C contributors are:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe

Food that provide Vitamin D are:

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel
  • Milk
  • Orange juice fortified with Vitamin D

Vitamin E providers :

  • Vegetable oils (wheat germ oil is especially rich in vitamin E)
  • Wheat and other cereal grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Egg yolk
  • Milk fat
  • Butter
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Organ Meats
  • Seafood

Zinc is obtained from

  • Lean meat
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Soybeans
  • Peanuts
  • Whole Bran
  • Whole cereals
  • Cheese
  • Oysters
  • Avocados

 In general, it’s best to obtain the nutrients through a well balanced healthy diet.

It is best to discuss with your optometrist, as too much of vision supplements can interfere with the prescription medications if not taken under medical guidance.

Like too much of Vitamin A can cause Headaches, Dry flaking skin,Enlargement of liver or spleen. Similarly a large amount of Vitamin C intake Diarrhea, Nausea, Kidney Stone Formation and False Positive Results In Your Diabetes Tests. Zinc intake in excess causes mineral imbalance. While vitamins and supplement are good for you, you should be cautious and check with your doctor and make sure you are taking the proper amount.

Along with foods for vision as discussed above, maintain a holistic approach to your lifestyle like, quitting smoking, wearing sunglasses, using safety wear to protect your eyes. Look away from your computer to avoid

  • Eye strain
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck and and shoulder pain.

 Happy eating, and a bright vision ahead.

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