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The Basics for Healthy Eyesby Dave Foreman
Antioxidant substances in the diet are the number one weapon in preventing and treating ocular health challenges, whether it is as simple and common as night blindness or something as serious as macular degeneration. Foods containing high levels of these useful antioxidants are the best sources of these substances and provide a great start in preventing any eye diseases. The majority of these potent nutrients are found in fruits and vegetables, especially those with lots of color. Look for (pun intended!) bright yellow, red and orange foods which are the best for protecting your eyes. Berries are at the top of the list; strawberries, blueberries and raspberries consumed daily provide just the right boost you need to fight off many of the more serious eye health challenges, and it only takes about ¼ to ½ a cup per day. If getting your antioxidants from food is challenging, you might consider a blend of different nutrients known to be specifically "eye-healthy". Taken with a balanced diet some of the following (in no particular order) will get you on the path to healthier eyes.
Extra nutritional support for your eyes will come from the Omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish like salmon or mackerel and DHA is the one to focus on (pun intended again!) within this group of fatty acids. The recommended amount of Omega-3s is 1 to 3 grams daily to get the job done right.
Good quality sunglasses are another part of the eye health equation, in addition to dietary changes and the addition of supplements. Good sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays help protect the eyes against damaging free radicals but you must be sure the specs have what it takes. Many high-end or designer styles might look chic, but being fashionable doesn't mean you are protected. Read the labels! Tint alone doesn't provide a strong enough shield to fight the harmful effects of the kind of UV rays that lead to many serious eye problems.
Importantly, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption to one serving per day and staying away from bad fats like animal fats and some cooking oils in the diet will further boost all the above measures and help reduce the risk of future eye problems. That will also help get other health problems like Diabetes and High Blood pressure in check, which in turn will add to the health and wellness of your eyes. Incorporate these changes into your life as soon as possible if you want to see clearly for years to come.
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