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EyeSight Vision Care,
November 10, 2009
What we feed our bodies feeds our eyes.
Many of the vitamins and minerals in our bodies are found in much higher concentrations in our eyes, so a diet lacking in these vitamins and minerals can lead to vision problems as we grow older.
Take the time every day to give your eyes (and the rest of your body) the nutritive support they need.
Eat the foods and take the supplements that provide the antioxidant vitamins and minerals your eyes require.
You’ll Protect Your Eyesight, ensuring years of good eye health, and increasing the odds that you’ll avoid blindness or vision loss for the rest of your life.
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What do you really need?
Eyes are a hot topic right now ...
From Lasik to Lutein it seems everywhere you look there is a new product or procedure touting vision enhancement.
Partly because people are finally discovering that they can improve and preserve their eyesight naturally through good diet, supplements, preventative habits, and a disciplined eye exercise program such as Rebuild Your Vision.
More and more people are learning how to restore their vision naturally everyday.
Lets look a few things we should eat.
1) Vitamin A
We all remember our mothers telling us to eat our carrots so we could have eyes like an eagle? But what do carrots really do for us?
Carrots contain a carotenoid called beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A which is an anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants such as vitamin A are essential to eye health.
Did you catch all that?
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A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to many problems, but this typically is not an issue in the U.S., more so in developing countries.
Lutein is another carotenoid that your body turns into an anti-oxidant. Lutein is the primary carotenoid located in the center of the retina, called the macula.
Six mg. of lutein has been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration by nearly 57%. A similar study showed that a diet low in lutein greatly increased the chance of developing cataracts. It benefits the overall health of the eye and has even been linked to reducing the hardening and narrowing of arteries.
Bilberries grow in the forest meadows of Europe, western Asia, and the northern Rocky Mountains. Bilberry is an herbal remedy that appears to have a very positive impact on vision. Its original use stems back to World War II when British pilots found that eating jam made from bilberries (a cousin to blueberries) helped to improve their night vision.
4) Vitamin C
It seems vitamin C is an important anti-oxidant for just about everything these days - and it deserves mention in the benefits it has in protecting your eyesight.
Vitamin C has been linked to the prevention of cataracts, the delay of macular degeneration, and eye pressure reduction in glaucoma patients. Add all these benefits to the seemingly endless other benefits that vitamin C has been linked to for our overall health: it is a Vitamin you do not want to be without.
The U.S. RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg. for both men and women. It does not stay in the body very long so it needs to be constantly replenished to obtain the benefits. One orange contains about 70 mg. of vitamin C, one cup of strawberries about 80 mg., and one cup of sweet red pepper contains a whopping 283 mg.!
Unfortunately, Americans tend to be more reactive than proactive. We typically don't start doing things that are helpful to our body until something goes wrong, at which time it is usually too late.
These four nutrients not only have preventative abilities, but I personally have found that there is a definite increase in my overall visual acuity when I am taking a good vision supplement that contains these four nutrients. Combined with the Rebuild Your Vision Program, my vision becomes much sharper - especially at night, and my eyes tend to have more endurance, not becoming tired at the end of a long day.
I would recommend looking for these four nutrients in a good daily supplement. If you take a daily supplement already, you may be covering the vitamins A and C requirements, but it is not likely to include lutein or bilberry.
Any health food store will have many daily supplements designed to enhance and protect eyesight. As well, there are many choices online. Search "vision supplements" or "eye vitamins" and your choices will be endless.
Studies have shown that the more often you take a supplement in small doses, the more effective. That means it is better to take three 20 mg. doses of vitamin C than one 60 mg. dose. Your body absorbs and excretes many nutrients quickly, so smaller doses ensure a steady flow.
As always, consult your doctor or a qualified medical professional before taking any supplement!
Your eyes will thank you.
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