When we are young for most of us our vision is very crisp and clear. As we begin to age into our twenties, thirties forties, fifties and so on our once clear vision begins to decline. I’m sure you are wondering why? I know I am. Lots of factors damage eye health and eye sight in this day and age. If you are like me technology has affected my eye sight. I look at my phone too much, look at a computer screen all day and watch TV more than I should.
Technology is supposed to help better our lives but for me it has damaged my vision and I don’t like wearing glasses.
I made a promise to myself to get my eyes heathy and I am going to do it by eating food.
Here are 7 all natural foods that will help improve my vision and help keep those nasty eye problems away.
“Bugs Bunny” was right about CARROTS. “What’s up doc!”
Carrots: contain beta-carotene which is a reddish to orange natural plant pigment. Beta carotene is what makes Vitamin A which is an essential Vitamin your body needs in small quantities. Vitamin A gives us healthy eyes, strong bones, good skin and a boosted immune system.
I’m going to make a smoothie right now and add some carrots.
Bilberry: known as the “European Blueberry.” Bilberries contain Vitamin C which is an essential Vitamin to the human body. Vitamin C helps the body grow and repair cells. The European blueberry also contains anthocyanins which is a type of flavonoid (antioxidant) which helps protect the body from cell damage. Bilberries may help you maintain healthy vision and night vision. They are also great for a healthy immune system and a healthy digestive tract.
Saffron: a tasty spice that contains high amounts of antioxidants. Crocin and crocetin are two key antioxidants. Saffron helps fight macular degeneration and helps protect your vision from damage. Saffron also helps with memory, weight loss and boosting immune system functions.
Popeye the sailor man was right. “I yam what I yam.” “I am what I am, and that's all that I am.” “I'm strong to the finish 'cause I eats me spinach.”
Spinach: is awesome for your eyes. It contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which protects your eyes and helps you see better. Also contains lots of Vitamins including K and is a good source of pumping iron. Other effects of spinach are good vitality, energy and strength. I also think spinach tastes great dressed up with a little salad dressing.
When I found out eating dark chocolate could actually help my eye sight. I was blown away.
Dark Chocolate: pound for pound chocolate has more antioxidants than anything else on the planet. Cocoa contains polyphenols (micronutrients) which helps the flow of oxygen through the blood stream. This helps your eyes and brain get the nutrients it needs. Chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants which may help decrease your chances of getting heart disease.
Salmon: my favorite cold water fish. Whenever I eat salmon I always make sure I cook it with the skin on because most of the healthy nutrients are in the skin. Eating salmon regularly is great for your eyes. Salmon contains Omega 3 fatty acids (healthy fats) which is good for eye retina health.
Reishi Mushrooms: if I could only take one adaptogen / superfood for the rest of my life I would choose the reishi mushroom. Not only is this mushroom the king of anti-aging, immune system building and stress relieving, it also can give you health benefits for your eyes. The reishi contains alkaloids and triterpenes which supports eye health. The reishi also contains abundant amounts of Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids.
The reishi mushroom has been around for thousands of years. It was the first mushroom used by the ancient Chinese for holistic medicine. This mushroom has so many different names. Lingzi, Ganoderma Lucidum, the White Snake, the 10,000 year old mushroom, the Immortal mushroom, Ling Chih and the mushroom of Spiritual Potency. There are more names.
You get the idea. Add the reishi mushroom to your diet today.