by Lyn
images (4)   Mothers are always right, right?  Remember “Eat your carrots!  They’re good for your eyes!”  Well, we ate ’em but not everyone liked ’em, even though that                                                            refrain is true to a certain extent.  If you suddenly consume lots of carrots (raw and crunchy sticks are acceptable with dip) you won’t be able to see through walls Superman-style, but you will take in nutrients that are great for your vision.  Carrots contain beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment and antioxidant your body converts into vitamin A—a key vitamin for good vision, especially in low light. 
But, if you’re not a fan of carrots, from Bel Marra Health comes good news.  According to health experts in the United States and Australia, red wine in moderation will do the trick!  Yes, beyond the socializing and relaxation, there’s another reason to hoist a pre-dinner glass of red wine.

The number of visually impaired around the world is expected to increase significantly over the next five years.  In the U.S. alone, health experts predict the number will climb to 4 million by 2020, so the race is on to find new methods of prevention.

A study published in Opthalmology indicates that occasional drinkers are 49 percent less likely to develop eye problems than non-drinkers.  (An occasional drinker is defined as someone who drinks from time to time or on special occasions.)
Research suggests that red wine is the best bet for your eye health, whether your choice is a glass of full-bodied Chianti, Merlot or a bold and fruity Shiraz.  A substance in the skin of red grapes can help prevent the deterioration of eye muscles and the growth of blood vessels in the eye that can cause macular degeneration, which is among the leading causes of blindness.
However, if you enjoy red wine, remember that your eyes will not benefit from boozing it up after 5 p.m.  In fact, the study findings showed that heavy drinkers ran a higher risk of developing problems with their eyes………
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Source: The Journal