Although they’re about 1/10 the size of a 35mm camera, eyes are infinitely more versatile—focusing on adjusting, absorbing, sorting, and interpreting thousands of images. But like a camera, our eyes begin to wear with age. Despite the natural aging process, several cultures have found ways to preserve good eyesight and eye muscle function- secrets that you can take advantage of.
The following are some tricks of the trade that can help you keep your eyesight:
· Vitamin A—Vitamin A has proven to be critical for healthy eyes and good vision.
· Bilberry—During World War II, pilots swore that eating bilberry jam improved their night vision. The berries can be eaten raw or cooked.
· Bitter gourd—A traditional Chinese recipe for good eyesight is the regular consumption of better gourd seeds, which are packed with vitamins and minerals.
· Black currant—Black currants are very high in vitamin C and contain flavanoids. Both of these nutrients protect blood vessels and improve eyesight.
· Carrots—Carrots do improve your eyesight. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, and are believed to prevent night blindness.
· Fennel—Tea made from fennel has been shown to improve vision. Herbalists recommend drinking it to maintain good eyesight or using it as an eyewash to soothe irritation.
· Collard greens—This leafy green vegetable is full of vitamins and minerals, and its compounds are effective in maintaining eyesight and eye health.
· Pumpkin seeds—High in zinc, pumpkin seeds are believed to play an important role in maintaining eye sight.
· Sunflower seeds—Grown throughout the world and considered a tasty snack, sunflower seeds are also high in zinc and other vital nutrients. They are believed to slow down the deterioration of eyesight that accompanies aging.
· Violet petals—The British claim that eating violet petals and leaves improves vision. This makes a lot of sense, since violets contain a significant amount of vision-supporting vitamin A.
Michele Cagan is the Editor of the Health Sciences Institute Members Alert, a monthly health newsletter with approximately 200,000 paid subscribers, dedicated to presenting natural and alternative cures. The Members Alert covers a wide range of diseases and conditions including depression, weight loss, insomnia, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, aging, Alzheimer’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and dozens more.
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