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Often when talking about nutrition we talk about our immune system and stress. Something we often forget os our eyes. Our eyes are just as dependent on nutrition as the rest of our body. There is a number of different eye diseases such as cataracts, infections, eye dryness and astigmatism.
The question is, what can we do to help our eyes? Glasses and lenses are of course the most common way to correct problems with the sight, but with simple changes in your diet it is actually possible to slow down the deterioratiob sometimes even improve your current sight.
Research show that antioxidants can help prevent and delay common age related eye problems. When we get older our blood vessels become narrower and it becomes more difficult for the nutrition to reach the eye cells through the thin vessels in the eyes. When our eye cells don’t get enough nutrition, they die. Without antioxidants rancid fats and other waste products clogs up the lenses which then become less clear. This is even more important for diabetics who have even thinner blood vessels and therefor even more sensitive.
There are many different kinds of antioxidants. Carotenoids are fatsoluble antioxidants and measurements of the level of fatsoluble antioxidants in the body gives a good indication on how the immune system is doing. Lutein och zeaxantin are two carotenoids that are extra important for the eyes as they protect the retina from harmful light.
Vitamin E is a natural anti-oxidants. Vitamin E protects the blood circulation against calcification, helps healing and increases the effect of vitamine A.
Bioflavonoids helps the body absorb vitamin C. Bioflavonoids exists naturally in citrus fruits and also in high quality supplements. Vitamin C is an organic acid and an antioxidant.
Omega 3 contains the polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA. These fatty acids are very potent antioxidants and naturally antiinflammatory. Omega 3 fatty acids and inhibits inflammatory diseases and heart- and cardiovascular diseases.
Vitamin A is probably most known for its positive affect on the eyes retina. Vitamin A deficiency causes the eye to have difficulties capturing low light and you can experience what is known as night blindbess. However you can quickly recover by adding extra vitamin A.
Vitamin A is also converted into a hormon that regulates the growth of the tissue that covers the skin and mucous membrane. When lacking vitamin A our skin and mucous membranes become hard and dry. The eyes tear duct (nasolacrimal duct) stops working and the cornea dries out. In the long run this can lead to blindness. Vitamin A deficiency is the number one cause of blindeness in both children and adults in countries where the inhabitants suffer from malnutrition.
Selenium is found primarily in fish and meat. Selenium is converted into selenium protein and then becomes an antioxidant that is extra important for the cells oxygen supply. Lack of selenium can cause cataracts.
Zinc is imperative to our body’s immune system and our digestive system. Lack of zinc can increase the susceptebility to infections and reduced resistance to cancer.
One couls argue that the health of the eyes is proof of how the body is doing in general. it is important to give the eyes the nutrition they need. a good way to measure how the body and the eyes are doing is to measure the level of anti oxidents in the body. It can be done by for exemple. Blood plasma tests. but there is another method when you can avoid needles and that is the Biophotonic scanner.
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