The importance of eyesight is something we can all appreciate, which our surroundings reinforce everyday. Human life is full of crucial visual cues like traffic lights, and fascinating spectacles like the Northern Lights. Each year, dollars and dollars are spent on eye care, from laser surgery to sunglasses. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how easily they can preserve and improve their vision health through nutrition! Let’s take a look at some of the top essential nutrients and vitamins that will help you see your way to a clear, bright future.
The Best Vitamins for The Eyes
Beta-Carotene contributes much to eye health, reducing the risk of night blindness, dry eye syndrome, and protecting the eyes from damage. It’s even linked with slowed progression of Age-related Macular Degeneration(AMD). You can find this nutrient in carrots (like mom always said!), sweet potatoes, and kale.
Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid linked to protection against the harmful effects of UV-ray exposure to the skin and eyes, and also useful to cardiovascular and bone health. Carotenoids cannot be produced by the body, so must be obtained from the diet! And don’t forget the shades during periods of extended sun exposure.
Vitamin A contributes to the health of retinal cells and is present in beef liver, eggs, and milk.
Vitamin C may slow the onset and progression Macular Degeneration (MD) and lower the risk of cataracts and glaucoma. Find Vitamin C in strawberries, kale, cantaloupe, oranges and other citrus fruits, as well as other delicious foods.
Vitamin E offers protection to the eyes via antioxidative activity, especially when taken with other antioxidants. Snack on almonds and sunflower seeds for additional Vitamin E!
Vitamin K2 Menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is essential to bone health and to cardiovascular health, but how can it help eyesight? Vitamin K2 MK-7 acts as a carrier, picking up calcium circulating in the blood for mineralization of the bone matrix. Supplementation with MK-7 will promote stronger bones while decreasing arterial hardening and blockages caused by calcium deposits on vascular walls. MK7 can promote health of the delicate and vital vasculature of the eyes.
Zinc intake is associated with a lower likelihood of developing night blindness, and also to slowed progression of MD and cataracts. Eat oysters, dark turkey meat, and beef when you want to think zinc.
Selenium is active with Vitamins A and C in MD risk reduction. Good sources include crab, shrimp, Brazil nuts, and brown rice. Noticing a trend? Seafood helps us see good! Or well… at the expense of a pun.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids score another point for health, this time for the eyes! Oily fish like salmon and tuna are a great source of omega-3.
Nattokinase is an all-natural enzyme proven to break up fibrin and act as a powerful anti-thrombolytic (anti-blood clot). Nattokinase can be consumed via its namesake dish, Natto. Natto is a traditional Japanese food of fermented soybeans, with a very distinct flavor. Many prefer this ingredient via supplements due to low availability of Natto in the Western hemisphere (and it being somewhat of “an acquired taste”) in addition to the fact that soy can be omitted during extraction of the enzyme, as it is for the Nattokinase powder used in Visiloc.
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a.k.a. Catechin, is another all-natural cardiovascular support ingredient that promotes healthy circulation. EGCG intake is linked to a reduced risk of stroke, heart attack, thrombosis, cancer and diabetes. This nutrient is derived from all natural ingredients, such as green tea and cocoa and is well studied and supported.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two additional antioxidants linked to prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration. They also work to protect the center of the retina from intense light. Bump up your intake of yellow peppers, Swiss chard, broccoli, and mango for more Leutin and Zeaxanthin.
Prevention and management of vision impairment are in your hands. Visiloc combines four of the above ingredients, which are harder to come by in the average diet-- Nattokinase, Vitamin K2 MK7, ECGC, and Lycopene-- in a safe, affordable, and effective supplement for vision health. Call us or ask your doctor about Visiloc today!