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There is a lot of data out there about what foods and nutrients are good for vision health. Today's post will highlight some of that research, with more to come later. FRUIT: Data reported in a study published in the June 2004 issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.… Read more
We wrote about some eye-friendly foods last month in this post. Yesterday, the Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS) issued the following statement regarding the urgent need to educate Americans about the role of nutrition in supporting eye health: Significant scientific evidence exists to support the role of certain nutrients, including zinc, vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, to help promote health in the aging eye. The displacement of nutrient-dense foods by processed foods in the Western, or American, diet is disconcerting, as is the lack of… Read more
New research suggests that there could be health hazards associated with consuming excessive amounts of beta-carotene. This antioxidant is a naturally occurring pigment that gives color to foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and certain greens. It also converts to vitamin A, and foods and supplements are the only sources for this essential nutrient. But scientists at Ohio State University have found that certain molecules that derive from beta-carotene have an opposite effect in the body: They actually block some actions of vitamin A, which is critical to human vision, bone… Read more
June is Men's Health Month and Sunday is Father's Day. In honor of all the men and Dads in our lives, this post is for you! The healthier you are, the better chance you have of avoiding risks to your eyes. Vision naturally deteriorates as we grow older, starting most often in middle age. However, problems like blurry vision, blind spots, halos around lights, and tunnel vision can indicate a serious eye condition like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, or macular degeneration. Or it could indicate a health problem such… Read more
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