Monday, 17 November 2014

Superfoods for the Eyes

This is my best friend's eye - I found it on my phone after I had given my friends a little iridology lesson at a girl's night

Recently, my Nanna has been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, which can lead to blindness, so she asked me to make her a little handout of what foods she can have to help her keep her sight for as long as possible. I've decided to share it with you so you can keep your eyes healthy too.

1. Broccoli
Contains an antioxidant, called sulforaphane, that protects the eyes from sun damage.

Has high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin which protect the eyes from damage such as macular degeneration and cataracts. (Lutein and zeaxanthin concentrate in the central part of the retina and helps us identify colours and see fine details, such as words)

High in vitamin C and vitamin A, which are both important for eye health.

2. Goji Berries
Very high in vitamin C, beta-carotene and iron, as well as the B vitamins, antioxidants, anthocyanins and amino acids, which are all important in eye health maintenance. 

Goji berries have been used in China for many years to help with eye conditions and increase eye sight

3. Almonds
Contain vitamin E which has been shown to reduce your risks of cataracts and reduce the progression of macular degeneration.

4. Carrots
This one is pretty well known, particularly due to the Doctrine of Signatures, which states that what a food looks like, it is good for - carrots look like an eye when you cut into them, and are therefore good for the eyes. But if you want a bit more science behind it, carrots contain beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A) which helps your retina function properly

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional.


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  2. What a unique eye! Your best friend must be very beautiful :)