Eat Your Carrots - It's Good for Your Eyes!

Do you remember your Mom or Grandma telling you to eat your carrots as a kid?  They always told you it was good for your eyes.  Well, they were right.

Vision is enhanced by fat soluble antioxidants that are stored in the Macula in high concentrations.   The Macula is the tiny part of your retina that controls straight ahead and detailed vision.  Age related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in adults.  These fat soluble antioxidants are very important to protect the photoreceptor membranes in your eyes.

Carrots contain Lutein from the Latin word "luteus" which means yellow.  Lutein is a powerful antioxidant that is found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce and especially kale.  It is also found in carrots, corn, squash and other orange and yellow vegetables and fruits.

It would appear that all you need to do is eat your veggies and fruits to enjoy superior vision health.  The highest level of Lutein is found in the raw form of green leafy vegetables.  However, there is a problem with this.  Studies show that your digestive tract does not always break down the plant cell walls that house these nutrients.  It has been found that cooking vegetables on low heat may increase the availability of Lutein in your body, by breaking down the cellular walls of the vegetables.

Lutein in supplements will provide your body with more of this bio-available antioxidant than you could eat in fresh produce.  To maintain ocular health, it is recommended to ingest between 6 and 10 mg. of Lutein a day.

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Another great antioxidant, available for your vision health, are omega 3 fatty acids.  The best form of omega 3 fatty acids for vision health is Krill oil.  Krill  are small shrimp-like crustaceans.  Krill oil, the oil that's found in krill, is extracted and prepared in capsule form. Krill oil contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids and an antioxidant called astaxanthin.  The algae that krill eat produces the bright red pigment astaxanthin that gives krill and other crustaceans such as lobster and shrimp their reddish-pink color. Antioxidants protect our body cells from damage from free radicals, unstable substances that are thought to contribute to certain chronic diseases.  Unlike many other antioxidants, astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier, where it may protect the eyes, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage.

Why is Krill Oil so beneficial for human health?

People take krill oil for the same reasons they take fish oil, flax oil or other omega-3 fatty acids.  Unlike fish oil, krill oil doesn't cause fishy burps or aftertaste, a common unpleasant side effect of fish oil. Also, krill oil contains higher amounts of astaxanthin than fish oil. 

You vision is your most important sense, and protecting that with a healthy diet and supplements are two things you can do.  In addition if you are a smoker, now is a great time to quit.  Smoking increases free radical production and increases your risk for ocular damage, especially if Age related Macular Degeneration runs in your family.  Smoking is just not worth the risk. 

Another thing to do is balance your sugar levels.  Reduce your intake of desserts and sugars.  Type II Diabetes is the second largest contributor to blindness.  Obesity and sugar imbalance are the leading causes of Diabetes in adults.  


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