You may have wondered as I have, what can be done, if anything to support the health of the eyes? Are healthy eyes, healthy vision just luck? Does genetics play a role?
The eyes have been called the windows to the soul. They may also be a window into the state of our overall health.
Are there foods I can eat that will provide nutritional support for the eyes? Are there good, natural supplements I can take that will provide effective help for the eyes?
Is it possible to improve the eyesight, or at least maintain it without taking drugs or having invasive surgery?
Genetics and Healthy Eyes
Why do some people constantly struggle with their eyesight while others seem to be able to see well with no issues at all? Is it in their genes? Are they just lucky?
Chances are no, it is not genetic. The Human Genome project recently determined that fewer than 1/2 of 1 percent of all diseases or medical conditions have a genetic cause or predisposition.
More likely the reason is diet and lifestyle. Another possible cause for poor eyesight, and other eye issues could be a blow to the head or face, or a scar that is reflexing to the ocular area.
The dietary habits and lifestyle choices that are passed down from generation to generation are easily the most common culprit for health problems or all sorts, not just of the eyes.
Dietary choices, and lifestyle habits passed down from generation to generation are also the likely cause of healthy eyes, as well as good health of the rest of the body versus genetic luck which many people believe.
The good news is, if you know it’s not genetic, it is within your control to positively effect the health of your eyes, and entire being.
Best Foods for Healthy Eyes
A recent study on eye disease found that certain nutrients have a profound effect on eye and vision health. It is possible to slow, and dare I say even prevent certain common eye diseases such as macular degeneration with proper nutrition.
The nutrients that are determined to be most beneficial are omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and copper.
It is also important to consider the overall diet. In America, we have what is often referred to as the SAD, Standard American Diet. It is indeed sad.
Although, thankfully many people are waking up to the realization that most of the food we are subjected to is simply not good for us. To make it worse, more times than not this so-called food is actually bad for us.
We are a nation of processed, refined, chemical laden, additive laden garbage food. This food has little, if any nutritional value. This is dead food.
If we eat and live like many of our ancestors did 100-150 years ago, we will be healthier, happier, and enjoy eating a lot more as well. They grew their own food, raised their own livestock, drank pure water, and spent most of the day outdoors.
Vision supporting foods:
- Walnuts Walnuts are high in natural vitamin E d-alpha tocopherol, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Other nuts that are eye healthy are: peanuts, lentils, cashews, and Brazil nuts
- Wild Salmon Wild, non-farm raised salmon is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly in DHA docosahexanoic acid. Other oily fish that will be good for your eyes are: tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring, and trout (Be sure these are non farm raised fish)
- Spinach Spinach is high in vitamin C, zeaxanthin, and lutein. Other eye friendly leafy greens are: kale, and collard greens
- Carrots Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, and vitamin A. Beta-carotene helps the body manufacture vitamin A, a critical eye nutrient. Other eye strengthening vegetables are: sweet potatos
- Eggs Eggs are a great provider of lutein and zeaxanthin, and are also good sources of zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Best Supplements for Healthy Eyes
The best supplements for healthy eyes contain lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene either individually, or some combination of these nutrients.
It is optimum to have live source nutrients. Most of the so called vitamin supplements you find in stores today are synthetic(man made) from non living sources. These products are either toxic, or ineffective or both.
You want exquisitely well grown plants in ground that has never seen a chemical or a pesticide. You want the ground to be lightly farmed, or never farmed.
If irrigated, it should be from pure well water, or from rain water. No tap, or city water should ever be used due to it’s toxic, chemical content.
You also want a supplement that is meticulously cared from from the moment of conception to consumption: growing, harvesting, encapsulation, bottling and delivery to you.
The only supplement company that I have found in some 30 years of searching for the most effective organic, live source supplements is Quantum Research Labs. I refuse to take any type of supplement from another company. They are simply the best.
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Best Choices for Healthy Eyes
We have choices today when it comes to the health of our eyes. The medical establishment would like to prescribe drugs for you.
They would also like to perform surgery for you. Lasik (laser) surgery is a very popular choice to correct certain eye/vision issues, like near-sightedness.
I can certainly understand why so many people have decided to have this eye surgery done. It is a quick fix, and you no longer have to wear glasses or contacts.
For me though, and I’m sure many others, it is simply too invasive. But, whether we opt to have eye surgery or not, we still must take care of our eyes.
The best ways to establish healthy eyesight, and maintain it is to eat a healthy diet full of eye friendly foods like fatty fish, and carrots, to name a few.
In addition, we should stay away from the foods that can be harmful to our eye health. Foods that are processed, refined, fried, chemical laden, or additive laden should be avoided.
If you’re not sure which foods these are, anything in a bag, bottle, box, or can normally fits the bill. You want real food, not man made food.
There are also good supplements to allow you to be sure you are providing your eyes the nutrition you need. Products with lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and/or vitamins A, C, and E target the eye with it’s most needed nutrients.