If you have diabetes you know that you need to be vigilant about your vision, because your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy (damage to the blood vessels in the retina), cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens) and glaucoma (increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision) is higher than in the general population.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 55 years of age in another concern. In addition to keeping your blood sugar under control and getting an annual eye exam, keep your peepers in tip-top shape by incorporating these nutrients into your diet.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
The carotenoids filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and help protect and maintain healthy cells in the retina, lowering the risk of cataracts. Rich sources of these two critical compounds include kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, corn, broccoli and eggs.
This essential trace mineral is required to help transport vitamin A from the liver to the eye to make the protective pigment melanin. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly is the retina and choroid (the vascular tissue layer under the retina). A deficiency of zinc can result in cataracts and poor night vision. Food sources include red meat, poultry, liver, shellfish, milk, tofu and whole grains. Recommended nutrition: Forever Bee Pollen & Vitolize
Vitamin C and E
Found in citrus fruits, berries, melons, white potatoes and leafy green vegetables, vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts and when consumed along with other essential nutrients like vitamin E can slow the progression of AMD. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, wheat germ and nuts.Recommended nutrition: Forever Absorbent C
Essential Fatty Acids
The omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are required for healthy nerve cells and immune system function. Researchers at John Hopkins University found that people who regularly consumed fish high in omega-3 fatty acids significantly less likely to have AMD, other studies indicated that they also protect against cataracts and damage to the cells of the retina as a result of high blood glucose levels.
The best sourse of fatty acids include Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovy and Calamari. Recommended nutrition: Forever Artic Sea
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