Have you ever asked yourself if you had to give up one of your five senses – see, hear, smell, taste or touch – which one could you live without? A tough question for sure, they are all so essential to enjoying and experiencing life.
Take a moment right now as you read this article to look around at all the colors, shapes and vitality. Now, close your eyes and imagine if you could never see any of those colors again; gives a little perspective to how important our eyesight is.
In today’s world we are put intense strain on our eyes staring for long periods of time into computers, televisions and cellphones. As we age, our vision starts to deteriorate, protecting your vision through a healthy diet is one way to prevent damage; as well as heal it.
Certain vitamins, minerals and carotenoids are more beneficial than others for your eyes. Vitamin E, C, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin are all nutrients your body cannot produce on its own, it is important for good health to make sure you are getting enough of these.
According to Dr. Ivana Kim of Harvard Medical, “The retina, especially the macula, is thought to be an environment of high oxidative stress, meaning that there is an abundance of free radicals – molecules that damage proteins and DNA within cells. Antioxidants fight free radicals and are thought to protect the retina from this damage.”
The list of problems associated with cell oxidation is long and detrimental to your health.
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