protecting aging eyes

Macular Degeneration and Cataracts are common among older adults. Age-related eye diseases can affect anyone. There are ways of protecting aging eyes though! Making sure you are eating properly and that you diet contains all the vitamins and minerals your body and eyes need to stay healthy will go a long way to avoiding age=related eye issues.

Antioxidants

The food you eat effects your overall health. A diet full of fruits and vegetables, the colors of a rainbow, is much better to eat than a diet high in saturated fats, sugars or processed foods. Heart disease and diabetes, along with eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts occur much less in people who frequently eat a healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, clean proteins with omega=3 fatty acids and lutein. Dark green leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruits and vegetable have the highest amounts of antioxidants including vitamin A and vitamin C.

Protecting Aging Eyes

Here are some healthy eye tips:

  • choose good sources of protein
  • avoid sodium
  • eat whole grains
  • eat healthy fats
  • stay hydrated

Vitamins and Supplements

Experts suggest high-quality eye and vision supplements should contain at least the following ingredients for optimum effect:

  • vitamin C (250 to 500 mg)
  • vitamin E (400 IU)
  • zinc (25 to 40 mg)
  • copper (2 mg)
  • vitamin B complex that also contains 400 mcg of folic acid
  • omega-3 fatty acids (2,000 mg)

Taking eye vitamins and vision supplements generally is very safe. But be sure to check with your doctor first if you are on medications, are pregnant or nursing, or are considering taking higher daily doses than those listed above.

 


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Source: nia.nih.gov

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