How Juicing Can Improve Your Eyesight Naturally
Modern life has many of us concentrating on various types of electronic screens for large parts of the day. This is a very recent development in human history and there is ample evidence that our eyes are having difficulty adapting to the daily demands we put them under.
Eyestrain, dry and irritated eyes, difficulty making out fine detail and deteriorating vision are all common eyesight problems that are on the increase in recent decades.
While taking regular breaks from computer monitors and reducing the amount of time we spend staring at the illuminated screens is important, diet, and in particular juicing, may be able to help heal your eyes.
Let's look at how regular juicing can play a part in improving your eyesight naturally and the best types of fruits and vegetables to juice for better vision. Also ahead is a potent juicing recipe designed to give your eyes what they need to perform at their best.
The Importance of Xanthophylls
Juicing fresh fruit and vegetables provides a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for better eyesight. Pro-vitamin A carotenoids like alpha and beta-carotene are very important for your eyes, as is antioxidant vitamin C and minerals like zinc.
While deficiencies in these nutrients do happen, and many of us could use more of them for optimal eye health, a far more likely issue with vision problems is a lack of xanthophylls.
Xanthophylls are class of carotenoid antioxidants, most commonly found in fruits and vegetables with yellow, orange and red colors, or in leafy greens where the green chlorophyll dominates. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the best known xanthophylls and the most important for your eyes.
Zeaxanthin and lutein are highly concentrated in the macula area of your eye that is responsible for perceiving fine details on a page or screen. They actually give your macula its distinctive yellow color and are vital for protecting it from UV and high-intensity blue light.
Blue light is a difficult band of the color spectrum for your eyes to deal with and regular overexposure is often associated with serious eye conditions like cataracts and age-related macula degeneration (ARMD).
Studies suggest that a diet high in lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce your risk of developing ARMD. Given that this eye disease is the biggest cause of blindness in elderly people in the USA and is expected to affect around 3 million Americans by 2020, these antioxidants are worth getting more of if you value your vision as you get older.
Even for people already with macular degeneration, increasing xanthophyll intake may help repair the damage. This research found that supplementing with lutein led to measurable improvements in vision and macula pigment density. The scientists said, 'lutein may play an important role in eye health as a useful bioactive agent in reducing the risk of ARMD'.
Another study found that lutein supplementation for people who worked in front of computer screens all day improves visual function, contrast sensitivity and 'lutein may have beneficial effects on the visual performance'. Lutein and zeaxanthin are also believed to help protect your eyes from other eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma as well.*highlight*)
So how do you increase your intake of lutein and the even harder to get zeaxanthin? If you're already noticing eye problems like regular
From a dietary perspective there are certain fruits and vegetables that contain lutein and zeaxanthin and are very beneficial to juice if you value your vision. Here's five of the best.
Here's a video with some more information on the topic.
Extra Tips for Healthy Eyes
Juicing recipes like this are a great way to get more lutein, zeaxanthin and other eye nutrients into your diet for healthy vision. Also try and eat more yellow, red and orange fruits and vegetables along with more leafy greens to strengthen up your antioxidant defences.
It's beneficial to have some healthy fats around the same time as you have your juice since xanthophylls and other antioxidants like alpha and beta-carotene are fat-soluble. This means they require some fatty acids to be present for optimal absorption.
I take a teaspoon of cod liver oil around the same time as I drink my juice for this purpose. It's also extremely high in vitamin A, vitamin
Finally, make sure you give yourself more breaks when you're working in front of computer screens. Get away from the monitor at least every hour, preferably twice as often and look at something in the distance for a while or just shut your eyes for five minutes and let them relax.
I think most people would agree that their eyes are vitally important. Daily juicing should really help improve your eyesight over time, but regular breaks are a good start to make today.
I hope you enjoy this juicing recipe for better vision if you make it up for yourself. I'd also be interested in any other fruits and vegetables you’ve found particularly good for enhancing your vision and aiding eye conditions.
Here's a relate infographic from eyecare.uptempo.biz