7 Natural ways to relieve dry eyes

Eye health can sometimes be an overlooked aspect of your overall well-being, but that shouldn’t be the case. If you suffer from dry eyes, Continue reading

Foods, Supplements, and Other Lifestyle Strategies That Promote Good Vision

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Deteriorating vision is primarily a side effect of our modern lifestyle that limits our time outside in daylight Continue reading

Foods, Supplements, and Other Lifestyle Strategies That Promote Good Vision

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Deteriorating vision is primarily a side effect of our modern lifestyle that limits our time outside in daylight Continue reading

How to Avoid Cataract Surgery

Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of low vision and blindness throughout the world.  Up to 30% of people over the age of 50 will develop them.  By age 75, about 70% will have cataracts.  Surgery to remove cataracts has become almost routine.   Continue reading

The Vegetables that Can Hydrate You more than a Glass of Water

Crunch time: Celery is 96 per cent water – but is also rich in minerals

A new study had found that some fruit and vegetables may hydrate the body twice as effectively as a glass of water – making them a refreshing snack option during the hot summer months. Continue reading

Watercress Turns Off Breast Cancer Cell Growth

Long associated with tea sandwiches and white gloves, watercress contains a powerful plant compound that may help fight breast cancer.

According to a study conducted at the University of Southampton and published in the British Journal of Nutrition and Biochemical Pharmacology, Continue reading

How One Drink Could Protect Your Eyesight

The association between vision and diabetes is not too well-known, but it’s definitely one to be aware of. Diabetes is a disease primarily caused by insulin resistance, of course, but along with blood sugar problems, diabetes can also affect the retinas of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, as the condition is called, is the most common reason for blindness in American adults. Continue reading

What Protects Your Eyes Better Than Carrots Can?

The second most common cause of vision loss in people over 65 is macular degeneration. In this condition, the retina is injured. This condition affects close to two million people in the U.S., a number expected to rise as the population ages.

Macular degeneration happens when the macula has deteriorated to the point where your central vision is blurred, Continue reading

The Pigments That Best Prevent Cancer

Carotenoids are back in the news again. These are the naturally occurring, fat-soluble pigments that provide the bright colors you see in certain plants and even animals. They are responsible for the red, yellow, and orange color of fruits and vegetables, and are also found in many dark green vegetables. Continue reading

Some Call It the World’s Best Antioxidant — Protecting Your Eyes, Brain, and Preventing Wrinkles

While a member of the carotenoid family, astaxanthin has many unique properties that put it in a class of its own. For example, it cannot function as a pro-oxidant, making it a highly beneficial antioxidant. It’s also unique in that it can protect the entire cell—both the water- and fat-soluble parts—from damage

While you can easily obtain most of the carotenoids you need from your diet, getting therapeutic amounts of astaxanthin through diet alone is difficult. You’d have to consume three-quarters of a pound of wild-caught sockeye salmon, which contains the highest amounts of astaxanthin of all the marine foods, to receive the same amount of astaxanthin you’d get in a 4mg capsule if you were to take a supplement

Health benefits of astaxanthin includes protection against age-related macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness), Continue reading

Proper Nutrition is Vital in Reducing Vision Loss in Middle Age

For people at a higher risk of losing central vision as they age, eating sufficient levels of certain dietary nutrients could help protect their eyes.

A new study finds that among people with a genetic susceptibility to macular degeneration — vision loss caused by erosion of the retina — those who ate higher levels of zinc, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids cut their risk of developing the disease by as much as a third compared with those who ate lower levels of the nutrients.

“Therefore, clinicians should provide dietary advice to young susceptible individuals to postpone or prevent the vision-disabling consequences of (age-related macular degeneration),” the researchers wrote in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Age-related macular degeneration is common, accounting for half of all cases of blindness in developed countries, they note.

In the United States, the condition occurs  Continue reading

Improve your Eyesight with these Helpful Tips

May is Healthy Vision Month, established by the National Eye Institute to boost awareness about eye health and undetected vision problems. Follow these tips to sharpen your own vision so you can see your way to a future of longevity.

1. Eat for bright eyesight

Protect your peepers with a vision-ary diet! Our eyes require multiple nutrients to function optimally. Start with these:

• Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. Continue reading

Egg Yolks May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

BOSTON (Reuters Health) – Regular egg yolk consumption may reduce the risk of dry, age-related macular degeneration by raising macular pigment concentrations, according to a report in the November issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study subjects were all older adults who were taking statins, and their low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol levels were unaffected even when they ate as many as four yolks per day.

“Two eggs per day is probably all that is needed to maximize blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin as well as macular pigment optic density (MPOD) status,” senior author Dr. Robert J. Nicolosi from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell told Reuters Health by email.

The 5-month study had 4 phases. As Dr. Nicolosi and his coauthors explain, a 4-week baseline phase was followed by a 5-week 2 yolks/day phase, then a 4-week washout phase, and finally a 5-week 4 yolks/day phase.

In the 52 participants (mean age, 69 years), serum lutein increased by an average of 16% after the 2-yolk phase and 24% after the 4-yolk phase compared to baseline, and serum zeaxanthin increased from baseline by 36% and 82% after the 2- and 4-yolk phases, respectively.

Macular pigment optic density increased significantly after both regimens (more so after the 4-yolk phase), but only among individuals with low baseline density values.

Serum HDL-cholesterol increased during both phases of the study, the researchers note, but there were no significant changes from baseline in total cholesterol, low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol, or triglyceride levels.

“We are presently evaluating the effect of consuming 12 eggs/week for 1 year on the progression of dry age-related macular degeneration” in subjects with early- to mid-stage disease, the investigators write.

“Although this was only a 5-week study and the 1-year data are not ready for comment, it would seem to me that physicians could consider that those patients on statins, who have early stage age-related macular degeneration, could be prescribed 2 egg yolks per day,” Dr. Nicolosi said.

He added, “Our evidence and those of others indicate that increases in blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and MPOD correlate well with risk for age-related macular degeneration. So the egg yolk appears to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, and at 2 egg yolks per day for individuals on statins, does not raise LDL and significantly raises HDL.”