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Eat for Your Eyes

We have all heard that if we want to improve our vision we should eat carrots. While the vitamin A found in carrots may help prevent macular degeneration, they are really not going to improve your vision. However there are two reports on ways to eat for your eyes.

New research indicates that eating carbohydrates, high on the glycemic index, is associated with macular degeneration, an incurable degenerative eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness in older adults. Foods high on the glycemic index are generally simple carbs that are broken down quickly and raise blood glucose levels. Ever poplar items like white bread, sweets like cookies and cake, and beverages sweetened with corn syrup are loaded with simple carbs. Although glucose (aka a simple sugar) is fuel for cells, too much of it can be destructive. Researchers are not sure of the exact process that leads to the degeneration, but they theorize high glucose concentrations are harmful to the retina and the capillaries that supply the eyes. Researchers also felt that a diet of high glycemic index foods cause oxidative stress that increases inflammation in the capillaries.

Curious to know how you can eat for your eyes? Then

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3 fatty acid may help prevent blindness since it worked in a recent and complicated study performed on mice.

So eat for your eyes - cut down on the simple carbs and eat more omega-3s. Not sure what foods are high in this fatty acid? You can find omega-3s in cold water fish like salmon and not so fishy sources of omega-3s.


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cham08 cham08 10 years
by the way the model has beautiful eyes.. who is it?
cham08 cham08 10 years
fluffyhelen, that is very interesting, how much goji berry do you eat each day for it to work? ktjones, what quantity of fish oil do you take? thanks guys
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
I wear glasses and any food that would improve my eye sight I will eat no matter if it's expensive or taste bad. Wow Fit keep up the great posts. I have now added about 4 posts of yours to my favorites just for today.
ktjones ktjones 10 years
My eye sight has improved since I started taking fish oil a few years back!!
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
I have found that my eyes are improving after eating goji berries every day. I was told I would ALWAYS need glasses and that my eyesight is only going to get worse. I went to the optician for my two yearly appointment and my eyes had IMPROVED by an astonishing amount! So I have upped my goji berry intake considerably. =D
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
Didn'T know that..good topic!
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