Nutrients for Healthy Eyes

eyeEyesight is often the first sense affected by time and poor nutrition. The three most common eye disorders are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Fortunately, regular eye exams can help in early detection and treatment of serious eye disorders. Natural interventions can also help deter the development of the above eye conditions, improve eye health, as well as support ongoing eye health.

Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from diet and supplements are essential for supporting and maintaining eye health. Nutrients for healthy eyes include the following: Continue reading “Nutrients for Healthy Eyes”

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Sun Protection for Your Eyes

sunglassesWe all know how important it is to protect your skin against over-exposure to the sun. But it is equally important to have sun protection for your eyes.

Prolonged sun exposure can be extremely harmful to the eyes, especially in the summer when we tend to spend more time outdoors. Sun damage is cumulative and over time UV radiation can cause macular degeneration, eyelid cancer, growths on the eye’s surface, and more. Cataracts are the most common eye problem. According to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), more than 22 million Americans are affected by cataracts, which cause cloudy vision, a hard time seeing at night, sensitivity to light, and double vision. And although not as common as cataracts, melanoma can also occur in the eye after prolonged UV exposure.

Unfortunately, lack of awareness of the risks associated with not protecting your eyes is a problem. Some studies show that as little as 1 in 6 people say that eye health is the reason for wearing sunglasses. The majority believe that sunglasses are best for cutting glare. Continue reading “Sun Protection for Your Eyes”

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Dinner Tonight: Butternut Squash Soup

I love fall. The change of color in leaves, the beautiful mums on doorsteps, the cooler weather, and most especially the food! Apples, spinach, cauliflower and the variety of squashes are at their peaks right now, so take advantage of the fruits of fall and try something different.

This week’s organic bin contained, carrots, butternut squash and some yams. So I roasted them and blended them for an easy, delicious, family pleasing meal that is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. I paired this soup with a green salad, to which I added roasted walnuts and goat cheese.

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Supporting Eye Health

Recently my husband and I went to the optometrist to have our yearly eye examinations.  I walked away with 20/20 and my husband walked away with a new prescription for glasses. Although I believe that genetics plays a big role in my “perfect” vision, studies have also shown that certain foods can help strengthen vision and possibly prevent eye disorders like cataracts.

Berries such as cherries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries contain powerful natural chemicals that help fight oxidative damage, especially when the berries are combined.

Lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are found in Brussels sprouts, kale and egg yolks, have been studied for their beneficial role in the health of the macula of the eye. They have been shown to protect the eyes from developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Continue reading “Supporting Eye Health”

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Vision and Eye Health

Our eyes are complex sensory organs that contain up to 70% of all of the sensory receptors in the body. Eyes need to be continually nourished with the proper nutrients in order to stay healthy and protected against damage that light and other environmental factors can cause. Both free radical damage and decreased blood flow to the eyes are the main causes for degenerative eye conditions. Recent research has shown that taking antioxidants can slow or stop oxidative damage to the eyes.

Comprehensive Eye Formula

Pathway VISION FORMULA PLUS combines key nutrients and herbs to support healthy vision. Ingredients include Vitaberry® Plus, a trademarked blend of freeze-dried grape seed, wild blueberry, qild bilberry, cranberry, tart cherry, prune, raspberry seed, strawberry, resveratrol, and quercetin, all powerful antioxidants. Lutein and zeaxanthin (both from FloraGLOTM) have been studied for their beneficial role in the health of the macula of the eye. Additional nutrients such as selenium, zinc taurine, and alpha lipoic acid make this formula complete. Bioperine®, a black pepper extract, is added to enhance the absorption of these nutrients. Continue reading “Vision and Eye Health”

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April 2024