You can easily exhaust your eyes and even worsen your vision if you spend too much time in front of your computer, tablet, or even your smart phone. In this way, you allow other factors influence your vision, besides the natural aging process. Your everyday habits can either lower or raise your risk of macular degeneration.
Other important factor in keeping the optimal health of your eyes is the proper nutrition. Some foods can indeed improve your vision.
A study conducted on more than 800 people, some of which were patients of age-related macular degeneration, at Harvard Medical School, involved analyses of their health condition and diet.
The results of the study showed that the people who had high-fat diet had greater risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Fats in processed foods like cookies, French fries, and pre-cooked foods raise the risk of macular degeneration by two times. Therefore, according to Dr. Seddon, you can significantly lower the risk of macular degeneration by consuming small amounts of food high in linoleum acid and consume at least two servings of fish weekly.
The following foods are very useful for the eyesight:
Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid in fish, extremely beneficial for the blood vessels that go to your retina. So, foods containing this fatty acid can significantly reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Researchers at the Tufts University in Boson have conducted a study, including 4,000 participants. The results showed that those who consumed white rice, bread, and pasta had greater chance of developing macular degeneration and diabetes. In addition, 20 percent of the patients could have prevented the development of macular degeneration by reducing the intake of such foods.
Garlic affects the platelets function, and acts as anticoagulant and blood-thinner, providing optimal blood flow. It is excellent for the cardiovascular system. Being an antioxidant, garlic significantly reduces the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It also prevents plaque buildup in the walls of arteries, protecting from clogged arteries.
The substance allicin found in garlic impacts the function of the protein responsible for blood vessel constriction, called angiotensin II.
The sulfur included in garlic helps the body produce an antioxidant which protects the eye lens.
To maintain your good vision, consume more garlic either in raw form, or as an addition to stews, salads, soups, etc. You can either add whole cloves in your dishes, or use a pressed garlic. Press it with the help of a garlic press or crush it with the side of your kitchen knife.