CONSUME PLANTY OF
- Carrot and sweet potatoes for bet carotene.
- Citrun fruits and broccoli for vitamin C.
- Fatty fish and dairy products for vitamin A.
- Vegetable oils and almonds for vitamin E.
- Seafood, meat, poulty, nd beans for zinc.
- Leafy greens, peas, corn, peppers for lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Saturated fats.
The role of antioxidant nutrients and bioflavonoids in vision loss and other degenerative problems associated with aging is becoming increasingly cler. Wich advancingg age, the production of free radicals, those unstable molecules that form when the body uses oxygen, increases, Free radicals can cause eye damage similar to that resulting from exposure to radiation, and can also contribute to such disorders as cataracts and maculr degeneration.
AGE-RELATED DISORDERS : Cataracts develop when the lens, the transparent membrace that allows light to enter the eye, yellows, hindering the passae of light rays through it. Vision becomes hazy, cloudly or blurry; if untreated, the lens may become completely opaque, resulting in blindness.
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY : Certain similarities between macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy--the infiltration of the retina with tiny ruptured blood vessels suggest that antioxidant nutrients my also be beneficial in the comman complication of diabetes, Diet is critical in maintainin tight control of blood gglucose levels, which also reduces the risk of diabetic retinopathy.
NIGHT BLINDNESS : The eyes need vitamin A or its precurso, beta caratene, as well as bioflavonoids, to make the pigments the absorb light within the eye. A deficiency in vitamin Al or a failure to utilize it properly, impairs the eye's ability to adapt to darkness and leads to night blindness, This does not entail a total loss of night vision, but rather difficulty seeing well in dim lighting.
CONJUNCTIVITIS : Commonly called pink eye, conjunctivitis in an irritation of infectin of the membrace that lines the front of the eyeball and eyelid.
Viruses are responsible for most conjunctivitis, but in recurring cases an allergic reaction may be the cause..