We are all guilty of over eating and excess during the holiday period. As we begin the countdown to our much awaited for Christmas Feasts, be aware that eye health practitioners would be very pleased with you if you gave five minutes to thinking about the supplements that are avaialable to assist the development and on going health of your eyes.
Everything we eat ( or don't eat ) will play a big role in every aspect of our bodies health.
Many of the nutrients that specialists would nominate for good eye health are the same foods that are good for your heart, internal organs and bones and general overall health. Festive fruits and veggies that are found to be high in antioxidant nutrients, become more important the older we get, and it will never be just one particular nutrient or vitamin which will provide your body with everything you need.
Here is a general guide for your diet to keep those peepers healthy and twinkiling bright.
Beta-carotene can assist in protecting against night blindness and dry eyes. You'll find it in spinach, kale, squash, carrots and sweet potatoe. Who wouldn't like to see their Christmas plate loaded with all of these!
Bioflavonoids (Flavonoids) help avoid cataracts and macular degeneration. You will find these in Clementines, satsumas, Jaffa Oranges, Lemons and limes( minus the gin!) ,soy products, legumes,red wine, and teas.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin a double whammy for preventative cataracts and macular degeneration, found in greens, squash, kale, turnips and spinach.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids great for the prevention of macular degeneration and dry eye. Try salmon, herring or mackerel plus flaxseed and fish oils, walnuts. Christmas isn't Christmas without nuts!
Selenium, combined with carotenoids and vitamins C and E, may reduce risk of advanced Age Related Macular Degeneration. Found in seafood, brown rice, brazil nuts.
Vitamin A may assist in the protection against night blindness and dry eye. Eggs, butter, milk and beef or chicken liver are good sources.
Don't forget your eyes when eating for all round health, a little extra of the nutrients that count could long term be the difference to great sight or no sight!