Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eye grub

Are carrots good for your eyes? Actually, yeah.

They are one of many foods that contribute to eye health, according to JamesMcDonnell, MS, pediatric ophthalmologist at Loyola.

He suggests "a colorful plate"--greens, blues and reds.

You need some astaxanthin--protects eyes from developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness. Seaweed and wild salmon (not farmed) provide this.

You should emphasize Omega-3 against age-related macular degeneration. This is oily fish such as tuna, sardines, herring and salmon--once a week at least.

Have you had your anthrocyanins today? This stuff is good for corneas and blood vessels in the eye--you get it from blueberries, bilberries, and especially black currants.

Of course, our friend Vitamin D is good for eyes. This comes from fish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, and (er) beef liver.

On the side, have some zeaxanthin--yum--found in dark, leafy veggies such as raw spinach, kale, and broccoli, collards, and romaine.

Also good--bioflavinoids--tea, red wine, citrus and cherries.

And of course, beta cartoene--carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and butternut squash.

And finally, get your lutein--eggs from organic hens(as opposed to robot hens?). You can also take a supplement made from marigolds for lutein.

Some of this sounds well...almost delicious.

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