Natural Eye Care
Although they’re about 1/10 the size of a 35mm camera, eyes are infinitely more versatile—focusing on adjusting, absorbing, sorting, and interpreting thousands of images. But like a camera, our eyes begin to wear with age. Despite the natural aging process, several cultures have found ways to preserve good eyesight and eye muscle function- secrets that you can take advantage of.
The following are some tricks of the trade that can help you keep your eyesight:
· Vitamin A—Vitamin A has proven to be critical for healthy eyes and good vision.
· Bilberry—During World War II, pilots swore that eating bilberry jam improved their night vision. The berries can be eaten raw or cooked.
· Bitter gourd—A traditional Chinese recipe for good eyesight is the regular consumption of better gourd seeds, which are packed with vitamins and minerals.
· Black currant—Black currants are very high in vitamin C and contain flavanoids. Both of these nutrients protect blood vessels and improve eyesight.
· Carrots—Carrots do improve your eyesight. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, and are believed to prevent night blindness.
· Fennel—Tea made from fennel has been shown to improve vision. Herbalists recommend drinking it to maintain good eyesight or using it as an eyewash to soothe irritation.
· Collard greens—This leafy green vegetable is full of vitamins and minerals, and its compounds are effective in maintaining eyesight and eye health.
· Pumpkin seeds—High in zinc, pumpkin seeds are believed to play an important role in maintaining eye sight.
· Sunflower seeds—Grown throughout the world and considered a tasty snack, sunflower seeds are also high in zinc and other vital nutrients. They are believed to slow down the deterioration of eyesight that accompanies aging.
· Violet petals—The British claim that eating violet petals and leaves improves vision. This makes a lot of sense, since violets contain a significant amount of vision-supporting vitamin A.
About the author
Michele Cagan is an alternative health researcher and reporter. Ms. Cagan authored the alternative health book, Act 50 Think 40 Feel 30 - The Doctor's Secrets to Living Younger Everyday (Agora Health Books), with Allan Spreen, M.D.
Ms. Cagan is also a contributing writer and researcher for Health Science Institute.