Our eyes are the most valuable parts of the bodies. Imagine how much you rely on them throughout your everyday life including using a computer, iPhone or iPad with a screen for extended periods of time. This is extremely stressful. Headaches and dry eyes can occur and lead to more extensive damage over time, but studies are discovering that there are natural ways of strengthening eyes and eliminating their problems.
Macular degeneration is considered to be the leading eye disease in men and women over 50. The June 2017 Journal of Ophthalmology clearly calculates the effect of certain nutrients and eating habits that positively affect and prevent risk for this common eye disease.
Leafy green veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and fish are some of the top foods with nutrients and healthy oils that are beneficial for ocular muscles. Participants who ate a variety of these foods as part of a low-glycemic diet experienced the best results.
A low-glycemic diet is a low-carb diet that reduces white flour, white sugar, potatoes, and pasta because they produce high spikes in glucose levels, which is harmful to the body. Foods such as kale, broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, zucchini, peas and Brussel sprouts are all nutrient-filled green veggies that benefit the eyes.
Vitamins C and E, which supply the immune system, zinc, zeaxanthin, and lutein, which are recognized as having a good effect on eyes and omega-3 fatty acids, which create flexibility in the blood vessels for a better blood flow, have all been found to be beneficial and lower the risk of macular degeneration. These nutrients act as prevention for the eye, too.
Other risk factors besides tech screens include obesity, smoking, and individual genetic history. The positive note is that the research agrees that lowering the risks can be achieved by adopting the healthy behaviors.
As more research is conducted using nutrients and health-related solutions, more are being linked to keeping the eye healthy and working well.