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Protecting and Saving Your Eyesight health, and as a cancer fighter. It seems to impact multiple aspects of health and powerfully protects the eyes. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are commonly seen in yellow, orange and red-pigmented plants. Astaxanthin can be found in wild salmon and occurs naturally in Krill Oil. In research however, supplementation of Astaxanthin has been necessary to see benefits to ocular health.

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our eyes are sensory organs with millions of parts. They come together to help sense, receive and pass impulses through the nervous system to the brain for interpretation. Roughly 25 million Americans over the age of 18 report significant vision loss; and half of adults will suffer from some type of cataracts by the time they reach the age of 75. Statistics demonstrate that as we age the world gets fuzzy, and for some, even dark. But there is good news. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) over 80% of vision impairment is avoidable or curable. Actively caring for our eyes is critical to their strength and longevity, and this goes beyond an annual vision check or check ups done in a Medical Certificate renewal.

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Nutrients for your Peepers A 2001 U.S. study showed poor diet as a major risk factor for age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Diseases of the eyes like glaucoma, retinal nerve damage, loss of eye strength, diabetic retinopathy (deterioration of vision due to diabetes) and partial vision loss have a nutritional component— one often overlooked and unseen. Proper nutrients can help stop free radical damage, unstable molecules that accumulate in your body and destroy cells. It can also lower your risk of cataracts and help reduce glaucoma, risk of diabetic retinopathy, reduce eye fatigue and light sensitivity. For all eyes, optimizing vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, vitamin A and omega-3 fats shows benefit—including reducing inflammation, strengthening tissue connectivity and sparking faster neurological

movement. These nutrients are easy to find in sunlight, fish, pastured animals and related foods, leafy greens, nuts/seeds, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and well-balanced supplements. Beyond that, research around specific antioxidants is worth noting. Antioxidants are generally the “trash collectors” in our

According to the World Health Organization over 80% of vision impairment is avoidable or curable system. They carry away the garbage, free radicals, etc., and keep our streets clean from the byproducts of work that goes on inside us. Among the most powerful are Carotenoids; three in particular are the focus of eye health research: Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Astaxanthin. Intake of these power houses can help increase ocular density to help stave off macular degeneration by as much as 18% and improve night driving and increase visual acuity on an eye chart (by as much as 1.5 lines). Astaxanthin has recently been the focus of extensive research for eye health, heart

Light exposure has varying effects on vision. Getting enough bright light (10,000 lux) for periods of time as a child appears to have protective effects from nearsightedness. As we get older, too much UV light appears to increase our likelihood for cataracts and perhaps even macular degeneration. Recent years have brought about concerns related to blue light from electronics and its relationship to eye damage. According to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham electronic devices can cause discomfort, dry eyes, stress and strain around the eyes. Exposure to blue light can disrupt the hormonal balance that allows you to get a good night’s sleep. Researchers stated that “We are not designed to be using our phones and tablets 6 inches from our faces...This is suppressing the melatonin (our sleep hormone), making it more difficult for a good night’s rest and REM sleep.” A lack of a good night sleep with REM included can be detrimental for human health after just one night, and devastate the body over time. Devices off within 2-3 hours of going to sleep, or blue blocking glasses may be a good option to ensure hormonal balance is achieved for a quality night’s sleep. Blue blocking glasses can also help when working on electronic devices throughout the day. Deterioration of our eyes can be affected by improper care leaving us at risk of a progressively darkening world. We can take care of them daily by taking power packed nutrients that preserve and strengthen our eyes. Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice, all medical advice should be sought from a medical professional. Emily Reiblein

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