Twenty-five percent of people over the age of 50 will start to lose their eyesight from various causes but the majority will lose it from a condition called Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). The medical system has now renamed it to simply Macular Degeneration because it is now being found in younger people. The fact is it was never an old age disease however poor or ‘fake’ nutrition is a major contributor. Some sufferers are as young as the age of 20. The future for the majority of today’s young people is failing eyesight from following a poor diet. A nutrient-deficient diet comprising of too much processed foods which are sorely lacking in antioxidants and the specific carotenoids needed to protect our eyes.
Powerful antioxidants called carotenoids in ample amounts can protect your eyes from degeneration. As free radicals attack your healthy eyes, the macula becomes damaged. The macula is a small part of the eye that controls central vision and provides you with the ability to see crisp detail and vivid colours. It depends upon healthy nutrition and blood supply. A deteriorated macula usually starts in one eye and soon affects the other.
Two specific nutrients are responsible for protecting the macula from degeneration – lutein and zeaxanthin, which are key ingredients in AIM’s GinkgoSense. Eye health was recently covered in the ABC’s summer series of Dr. Michael Mosley’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor, screened in January, he found that lutein and zeaxanthin had a protective effect on the macula.
Lutein is not made by your body. This powerful carotenoid must be gained from food and nutritional supplements to prevent permanent vision loss. An anti-inflammatory diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables provides a foundation for healthy vision at any age. Many health experts are now recommending to eat up to two pieces of fruit and eight vegetables daily. Along with that, a daily lutein supplement can support eye, brain and full-body health.
Zeaxanthin is also an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. It works alongside lutein to maintain the structural integrity of blood vessels that supply the macula to protect against photo-oxidation.
We need to empower ourselves by using our knowledge and taking action. Ensure you and your loved ones are eating sufficient amounts of fruit and vegetables. Take AIM BarleyLife on a daily basis to support your health. Simply mix in AIM Just Carrots (containing carotenoids) and RediBeets for an added boost. Then supplement with AIM GinkgoSense which contains the very important lutein and zeaxanthin for ongoing eye health.
NOTE: AIM (The AIM Companies) is a wholefood nutritional supplement company that has been in business since 1982.