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Eye Health -- nutrients that are good for the eyes

In thinking about this week's health tip, I realized that I have never done one on eye health.

We don�t think about the health of our eyes that much unless you have problems with them.  Have you ever thought about what nutrients are good for the eyes?

Lutein is a yellow or orange pigment that is found is some vegetables and fruits and is concentrated in the retinas of the eyes.  It is necessary for good vision.  A diet rich in lutein can lower your risk for developing cataracts or macular degeneration.

Blueberries, bilberries and other dark berries are also very good for the eyes and can help with night vision by helping the eyes to adjust to the light faster and also decrease risk for cataracts.

Vitamin A is also good for night vision.

Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet reduce the risk for developing dry eyes.  These fats are found primarily in fish and flax.

Soaking chamomile tea bags and placing them on the eyes when cool helps reduce swelling around the eyes.

Hope these tips help you keep your eyes more healthy!


 

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