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10/24/15: Feed rose & us toward health & lose weight & protect eyes

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7 years ago
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Above is a bucket of tomato picked from my garden. I like the yellow variety, and the deep-purple variety like Black Krim ... they have more antioxidants for the eyes. Below link from CBS news has info. on feeding your eyes:

Dr. Oz link also has good info: "Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. Get these antioxidants from dark leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Current research shows that consuming yellow and green vegetables can help prevent age-related macular generation, a leading cause of blindness. Foods rich in sulfur, cysteine, and lecithin help protect the lens of your eye from cataract formation. Excellent choices include garlic, onions, shallots, and capers. Anthocyanin-rich blueberries, grapes, and goji berries can help improve your vision. DHA is a fatty acid found in coldwater fish like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, and cod. DHA provides structural support to cell membranes to boost eye health.

The best link is WebMD, the info. is more organized:

"Vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids all play a role in eye health. They can help prevent cataracts, clouding of your eye lens. They may also fight the most-likely cause of vision loss when you're older: age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

"It's always best to get the nutrients we know help vision from foods," says Elizabeth J. Johnson, PhD. She's a research scientist and associate professor at Tufts University in Boston.

Spinach and Kale "Eating a cooked 10-ounce block of frozen spinach over the course of a week will help lower your risk of age-related eye disease," Johnson says. Kale has double these nutrients. Collard greens, broccoli, and bright-colored fruits like kiwis and grapes are ways to get them, too.

Grapefruit, Strawberries, and Brussels Sprouts

Vitamin C is a top antioxidant. These foods are among the top sources of vitamin C. Eat half a grapefruit and a handful of Brussels sprouts or strawberries (one-half cup) a day and you're good to go.

Seeds, Nuts, and Wheat Germ

Vitamins C and E work together to keep healthy tissue strong. Have a small handful of sunflower seeds, or use a tablespoon of wheat germ oil in your salad dressing for a big boost. Almonds, pecans are rich in vitamin E.

Salmon, Sardines, and Herring

The omega-3 fatty acids that keep your heart and brain healthy may also protect your eyes by fighting inflammation and helping cells work better. Aim for at least two servings of cold-water fish a week.

Carrots, Pumpkin, and Sweet Potato. These converts into vitamin A, which helps prevent night blindness.

Supplements for Eye Health as You Age

If you have or are at risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) there are vitamin supplements that may help slow it or keep it from getting worse. They are called AREDS formula supplements. The supplements combine high doses of most of the nutrients in the foods mentioned earlier.

The newest version, called AREDS 2, is especially good if you get very little lutein and zeaxanthin. You can buy AREDS 2 formula supplements over the counter, but talk to your eye doctor first. . If you don't have AMD, there's no proof that the supplement will prevent it. "

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