By Ruth Bird
It is well known that the consumption of vitamins can contribute to a healthy body and lifestyle although most people are not aware that vitamins and minerals are also necessary to maintain vision health. The cells in the body, eyes included, are dependant on the type of diet and environment that they are exposed to. A poor diet will lead to cell reconstruction becoming below par which in turn can result in diseases. Our diet can dictate how our cells restructure and a diet full of nutritious foods can ensure that our cells are constantly replaced with healthy cells. For the eyes, healthy cells mean good vision health.
Vitamins can be a source of prevention for many ocular diseases. Cataracts can cause blindness and results from gradual clouding the eye lens. It can be prevented by the use of antioxidant vitamins C and E which can defend the eye from free radicals that injure the cells in the eye. Vitamin B or Thiamin can also help vision health by maintaining the wellbeing of the optic nerve. Cataracts can also develop because of damage from ultraviolet light but this can also be prevented by the consumption of Carotenoids which are found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach. Studies have shown that the chances of age related eye diseases can be lowered by up to 25% by adding high levels of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and zinc to the diet. Riboflavin and Vitamin A are also excellent aids to good eyesight.
Macular degeneration can also be eliminated or at least eased when enough antioxidants are consumed as caroenoids can protect the eye and slow down the condition. A healthy diet full of vitamin enriched foods such as green, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables is essential for vision health. Other excellent sources of necessary nutrients include blueberries, milk, poultry, eggs, beets and beef amongst many more. Improving the vision can be aided significantly by adding certain fruits and vegetables to the diet. Increasing the daily intake of such vitamins and minerals may require the use of additional nutritional supplements. It is advisable to consult a professional before adding supplements to the diet while cutting down on fat, alcohol and smoking may also help as can drinking enough fluids. There are many vitamin filled supplements that are designed to help improve vision on the market at the moment but again it is advisable to discuss these options with a doctor beforehand.
Medical Disclaimer: This article is designed for educational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice.
Ruth is actively involved with the internet and she finds it very exciting. Her passions are people and pet health. She is a wife, a stepmom a dog owner and a business person. She is married for almost 30 years to Chris who has been, and still is, battling the monster MS. Naturally Rebuilding Vision is a new interest Ruth has delved into.
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