Posted by: juliegriffey | November 12, 2012

Five foods that help keep your eyes healthy… (this may surprise you)

I mean, really… did you actually think that the Big Mac you had for lunch was benefitting your ocular health?

The other day I discovered some interesting information about foods and their associated benefits for ocular heath while reading AARP magazine.  (I am not a frequent reader of AARP but when the gym cleans out their magazine racks… sometime it is SLIM pickins.) Anyway, because AARP targets people of a certain age who may be experiencing some issues with their vision… they identified five different foods that help keep the eyes healthy, which I found to be surprising and interesting.  According to AARP, these five eye-super-foods are:

1)   Spinach – contains Lutein which helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration by protecting the center of the retina (or the macula)

2)   Salmon – contains DHA which helps avoid retinopathy by preventing abnormal blood vessels from building up in the retina.

3)   Blackberries – contain Anthocyanins which protect against macular degeneration by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the eye.

4)  Soy – contains Isoflavones which helps dry eye by improving tear production.

5) Orange bell peppers – contain Zeaxanthin which also protects against macular degeneration by protecting the retina from the damaging effects of light and oxidative stress.

So – who would have known that these simple foods had such amazing super powers?

Maybe I will have to pick up AARP more often.

 

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