Nutrition for Vision

Your five senses are such a daily part of being alive. Yet it is usually only when one of them is compromised that you give it the awareness it deserves.

Take vision as an example. The gift of sight is such an important sense. You only have to close your eyes and imagine never being able to reopen them to sense what life would be like without being able to see. And if you are shortsighted or farsighted, you are fortunate that corrective lenses allow you to at least see far more clearly.

If you are gifted with the sense of sight, the National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends a number of tips to keep your eyes healthy, such as wearing sunglasses, giving your eyes a rest (especially from computer and phone screens) and maintaining a healthy weight (to avoid the increased risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to loss of vision). Another of the NEI’s tips is also a focal point of The AIM Companies™: eat right to protect your sight.

Have You Ever Thought About Nourishing Your Eyes?

The right nutritional choices can help you to maintain healthy vision.

Dark, leafy greens are beneficial for the overall health of your body, given their rich source of nutrients. LeafGreens provides supplemental greens that deliver key nutrients for eye health, including lutein and zeaxanthin from spinach and kale, which also contain beta-carotene. All three nutrients are antioxidants that protect the eyes from oxidative stress.

Carrots are usually one of the first “good for eyesight” vegetables that spring to mind. Just Carrots powder is supplemental whole food that contains a concentration of carrot nutrients, including beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is necessary for the conversion of light energy into electrical energy in the retinas of the eyes. The optic nerve then transmits this energy to the brain, and you have vision.

Eye GinkgoSense

For targeting eye health, GinkgoSense combines an effective ingredient that improves circulation to your eyes and key nutrients that need to be circulated to your eyes. Ginkgo biloba extract increases blood flow to the eyes and brain, making it a healthy herb for vision and memory. Only two carotenoids are present in the maculas of the eyes in sizeable amounts: lutein and zeaxanthin, so it makes sense that these nutrients are also part of the formula. Helping to prevent macular degeneration, omega-3 essential fatty
acids are another GinkgoSense ingredient. In other words, GinkgoSense is an eyeful when it comes to nutrition for vision.

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Nutritional Strategies for Dry Eyes

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If you’re a big fan of Dr. Greger over at Nutrition Facts, you may have seen his video on “Treating Dry Eye Disease with Diet.” The video contains graphic pictures of eye surgery and extremely unhealthy eyes, so be aware of that before making the decision to view it.  Over ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes, so the problem might seem small, but it cuts a wide swath.

Among other things, the video explains that vitamin A deficiency can completely destroy your peepers. Luckily, in the developed world this problem is rare, but in the developing world a common first sign of vitamin A deficiency is the dreaded dry eyes.

Dr. Greger also cites a 1991 study titled “The Influence of Diet on Tear Function.”  To increase that beneficial eye moisture, the study suggests lowering your intake of protein, fat and cholesterol while increasing complex carbohydrates. (Smoking is also considered bad news across the board).  The research also advocates eliminating alcohol and caffeine and reducing sugar and salt.  Furthermore, the study recommends increasing vitamin A intake via red, orange and yellow veggies as well as leafy green ones and to get more folate, B6, potassium, vitamin C and zinc through dietary sources. Also, drinking water–another study showed that better hydration leads to more tear production. It’s almost too clever.

But beyond that video, we can easily find another nutritional strategy. In a 2011 study called “Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Nutritional Supplements for Dry Eye Syndrome” found that omega fatty acids–a balanced mix of omega -3s and -6s–have the potential to help dry eye disease. The American Optometric Association recommends omega fatty acids also.

So if you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from dry eyes,  there seem to be a variety of nutritional strategies available. The Garden Trio with BarleyLife Xtra provides vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and folate. AIMega provides essential fatty acids.

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