Foods For Eye Health

The more research I conduct into eating healthy for particular health issues the more the evidence points to –“One fits all”, in other words eating healthy benefits the whole body.

Carotenoids rich foods can help you to avoid many illnesses.

When one examine the list of foods associated with eye health one will notice the many of the same list are repeated for obesity, heart health, prostate health and many other health issues.

A  close friend recently underwent cataract surgery, and for the first time in my life, I am hearing about macular degeneration, that is why it is important to eat healthy from early on in life.

Macular Degeneration

Vision loss from optic nerve damage caused by trauma- -foods rich in beta-carotene can reap some benefits; the only warning i have discovered is Not to Smoke.

The findings on carotenoids are supported by many research studies by reputable scientists and institutions.

the first of my sisters to join my parents England was chosen because of an eye problem. i cannot recall ever seeing her wearing glasses when i arrived in England many years after. she was the fourth in line . my primary school reports recommended eye glasses because of a vision when called upon to read in class.

Thanks to my grandmother, who could not read and write, I bitterly opposed wearing eye glasses and took to planting and eating carrots regularly; I had no knowledge of beta-carotene at the time and I am sure my grandmother did not know that word either, but she knew enough to know that carrots were good for eye health.

You can boost your eye health by selecting what you eat on a daily

Basis

Even though I knew about eating carrots from early childhood; I now know it was because of the carotenoids that gave the vegetable its orange color, They are also found in other fruits and vegetables with a yellow and orange color. These fruits and vegetables are known to help decrease the risk of eye diseases.

Not all carotenoids are red, yellow and orange as noted in spinach and kale

What is a Carotenoid?

Any of a class of mainly yellow, orange, or red fat-soluble pigments, including carotene, which give color to plant parts such as ripe tomatoes, carrots, corn, egg yolk.

Carotenoids are organic pigments that are produced by plants and algae-Carotenoids give the characteristic color to carrots, corn, bananas and egg yolk. (Wikimedia)

Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables.

Carotenoids act as antioxidants in the human body. They have strong cancer-fighting properties.

List of Other carotenoids

Bananas

Squash

Grapefruit

Oranges

Apricots

Yams

Squash

Sweet potatoes

Papaya

Watermelon

Cantaloupe

Mangoes

Spinach

Kale

Bell Peppers

Pumpkin

Plums

Cilantro

Fresh Thyme

Collard greens

The body converts carotenoids to vitamin A

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the two carotenoids associated with eye health and are found in the retina.

Sources include kale, summer squash, spinach, turnip greens, paprika, avocados and yellow -fleshed fruits.

Beta-carotene is noted for its power to turn into vitamin A, sources are mangoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkin, Kale, cantaloupe., plums, cilantro, collard greens ,fresh thyme.

Alpha carotene is also found in similar foods to beta carotene and could prove to have some potential for longevity

-livesci=ence, webMD.com

Health Benefits

Helps protect against sunburn,

Help lower the risk of metabolic syndrome in middle age and elderly men,

Help reduced fat around the waist,

May be associated with reduced risk of lung cancer. (More studies need to be conducted, but no harm ill be done in consumption0

Promotes bones and immune system

Promotes healthy skin,

Other foods to boost eye health

Fatty fish- (tuna, salmon mackerel, anchovies, trout)

Leafy greens

Fatty fish

Nuts

Berries

Avocados

Broccoli

Almonds

Orange bell peppers

Try to maintain a low sodium and low fat diet

Side effects

High doses of beta-carotene supplements can be unsafe when consumed by mouth

For more information on foods for eye health search the Internet; start by visiting the following sites-

-livesci=ence, webMD.com, restore vision clinic.com

How many of the foods listed were you aware of as foods for Eye Health?

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The 30 letters are jumbled, but the words are in the correct order.

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