These 5 tips are all about eating right to protect your eyes and enjoy good vision for a lifetime.
Avoid simple carbohydrates
Glycosylation plays an important role in degenerative eye diseases commonly referred to as “age-related”. When we eat simple processed carbohydrates, glycosylation is a process that comes into play. Simple carbohydrates are digested too quickly, which leads to increased blood sugar and insulin levels.
Too much glucose in the blood will combine with protein molecules to form substances that cells cannot use. These substances are called advanced glycosylation end products or AGEs. AGE ages cells and can even cause cell death.
In addition to avoiding simple carbohydrates (such as sugar, white bread, white rice, and other high glycemic index carbohydrates), look for supplements containing carnosine. Nutrients help prevent glycosylation. Studies have shown that carnosine helps prevent cataracts and age-related vision loss.
Eat more salmon
Wild salmon Pacific salmon is the best choice as it is unlikely to be contaminated with mercury and other impurities. Fatty fish such as salmon can provide a nutrient called DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid not found in other foods.
DHA is essential for normal eye development and continued eye health. Increasing DHA intake can reduce the risk of macular degeneration and glaucoma and prevent optic nerve damage.
Take fish oil supplements
Good fish oil supplements are rich in DHA and provide other beneficial nutrients. In addition, you can take fish oil supplements every day. You may get tired of eating salmon.
A study conducted by an optometrist showed that daily consumption of kale can reduce the symptoms of patients with age-related macular degeneration and improve their vision. Macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly. Kale is a source of carotenoid antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are abundant in the retina and macula at the back of the eye, especially in young and healthy people.
Using carotenoid supplements
Carotenoids include lutein, zeaxanthin and β-carotene. The lack of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, can cause night blindness. Vitamin A deficiency is the most common cause of childhood blindness.
Bilberry extract is also rich in carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which help improve blood flow to the eyes, which in turn helps improve vision, nearsightedness and night vision.
There are supplements designed specifically for eye health, but all of the nutrients mentioned here (except fish oil) can be found in some better, fully-balanced, multi-nutrient supplements.