Eating Naturally and Nutritiously to Ensure Eye Health
By Erika Remmington
Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. But unfortunately they tend to degenerate as we grow older. Things become harder to see, conditions like cataracts and glaucoma develop, and our ability to see at night diminishes.
The good news is that there are several nutrients and substances that you can take to ensure that your eyes stay as healthy as possible. Several of them are described below.
1. Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two chemicals usually found together in green leafy vegetables, eggs and oranges. They’re a part of the carotenoid family of chemicals, which means that they act as both an antioxidant and help to filter out high-energy harmful blue wavelengths of light that can accelerate macular degeneration.
Beta-carotene is another member of the carotenoid family. It’s the inactive form of vitamin A, and it acts similarly to lutein and zeaxanthin in that it acts as an antioxidant. This means it helps to resist and reverse macular degeneration.
The difference is that it helps different components of the eye stay healthy. Beta-carotene gets converted in vitamin A by the body, which it then uses to help prevent the loss of peripheral vision and to halt the progression of diseases like Stargardt’s disease.
Flavonoids are chemicals found in plants,….
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source: Living Green Mag