Foods are important for the health of our bodies, mind and eyes. In the article below Dr. Anshel, O.D. will explain why these are necessary, the correct food to be eating along with vitamins and minerals. Before making any changes to your diet discuss it with your medical professional as some medications can be affected by different vitamins and minerals.-MDA

By Marsha McCulloch, Marcia Heroux Pounds, R.D.

Foods can have a great impact on preventing eye disease.

When you think of vision-enhancing and vision-protective foods, carrots may come to mind. But many other foods likely have a greater impact on the eye diseases encountered among older adults, says Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, O.D., president of the Ocular Nutrition Society and author of “Smart Medicine for Your Eyes: A Guide to Natural, Effective and Safe Relief of Common Eye Disorders.”

Since the publication of the initial “Age Related Eye Disease Study” (AREDS) in 2001, research into the role of nutrition in eye health has been growing, including the release of a second AREDS study in 2013.

1. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc

The lens of the eye, which helps focus light, gets its nutrition from the watery fluids that surround it.

“This aqueous fluid has 26 times more vitamin C in it than any other fluid in the body, hinting at its great importance to the eye,” Anshel says. Antioxidant vitamin C helps protect eye tissue from damaging free radicals or unstable molecules and may also help regenerate vitamin E, another eye-protective antioxidant.

2. Folate, vitamin B6, and B12 read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-jjps-eyes-1022-20141021-story.html

 

source: Sun Sentinel

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