Ocular Nutrition

ocular healthIt is important to get up in the morning and be able to see our way through life – applying make- up, choosing the right clothes, seeing the faces of our loved ones, and much more.  Eye health is important. Every part of the human eye needs ocular nutrition.  Ocular nutrition is vital to eye health.  So, what is ocular nutrition and how do we obtain it?

Healthy vision and the human eye is related to the health of the individual parts of the eye — the cornea, iris, macula, lens, optic nerve, pupil, retina and the vitreous humor. Ocular nutrition is one of the ways good vision can be supported. As we age, many things can go wrong with our vision. Ultraviolet light from the sun can damage the lens and the cornea. Wind, dust, chlorine fumes, automobile fumes, freezing temperatures and physical injury are examples of threats to good vision.

Based on information provided by the U.S. National Eye Institute, results of nutrition and eye health food studies have shown that consuming certain foods provides ocular nutrition. In other words, using food to improve eyesight and nutrition to improve eye health has been proven by studies. Eating foods that are rich in carotenoids greatly reduces the chances of macular degeneration. This is mostly associated with age.  Leafy green vegetables are essential to good eye health. Eating foods that are higher in lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the likelihood of cataracts.  Broccoli, corn, green peas, spinach, and zucchini are good sources for lutein and zeaxanthin. Studies support that when people eat foods with these nutrients have a better chance of avoiding cataract surgery.

Another source for good ocular nutrition is blueberries and apricots. These have actually helped to improve vision but are best known for helping to reduce eye fatigue. Apricots are rich in beta carotene and lycopene.  Beta carotene is converted by the body into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that resists oxidative stress damage to cells and tissues, including the eye lenses.

Salmon, tuna, cod and haddock are rich in Omega 3 which are considered to be the best foods for the optic nerve. Omega 3 is also associated with other health benefits directly related to the heart. One notable and important benefit is the value Omega 3 adds in the lowering of cholesterol. Lycopene, found in tomatoes and Vitamin C are also important for ocular nutrition.

Consuming more whole foods and healing and eye health should be a goal of everyone. While using nutrition to improve eye health is a good idea, very large quantities of the eye-healthy foods are needed to provide meaningful nutrient levels. Another option is to take these nutrients in supplement form. Most daily supplements either do not include all of the eye-healthy nutrients, or the quantities are so low as to be of little benefit. Look for supplements that will give provide you with the ocular nutrients that will sustain good eye health.

There is definitive scientific evidence that confirms vitamin deficiencies are associated with the disease process and the overall condition of one’s health. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes. Micronutrient tests measure how micronutrients are actually functioning and give you a nutritional assessment of a broad variety of clinical conditions. This can also provide us with just how closely we are providing ocular nutrition for our vision.

Contact us to schedule your micronutrient test today!
Source: “Diet Digest”. Foods That Help to Improve Eyesight. Web. 09 Jan. 2013.


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