When you reach a certain age, your eyes tend to have problems that may actually signal a problem with certain organs, such as your liver or kidneys, according to traditional Chinese medicine. To restore the health of your eyes, you need to restore the health of these organs first.
Intense use of your eyes can lead to aging macular degeneration, which can lead to blurry vision and even blindness. Heavy eye-users should eat yellow corn, as it contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which is able to absorb harmful ultraviolet rays. These two nutrients also help to maintain the health of cone cells in the macula lutea, which is the oval-shaped pigmented area near the center of the retina of the eye. Note that only yellow corn contains lutein and zeaxanthin — white corn does not contain either nutrient.
To help restore health to your liver or kidneys, excessive drinking and fatigue must be avoided. Certain foods can also help, such as yams.
Nutrition analysis shows that yams are rich in fiber, multiple vitamins, and minerals, which can improve the function of digestive organs and nourish the liver and kidneys, thus aiding the eyes. In addition, a new variety of yam has recently been developed that is purple in color and called Dioscorea alata. It is rich in anthocyanin, a nutrient that can help to improve ocular health and vision.
Eggs are rich in protein, fat, vitellin, lecithin, vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Egg yolks are especially nutritious. The yellow color of the macula lutea of the retina, which provides central vision, is due to the presence of lutein and zeaxanthin. These two nutrients can help to prevent damage to the eye caused by ultraviolet rays.
At least one third of the dark yellowish part in the egg yolk is made up of these two nutrients, which are liposoluble and can be easily absorbed by the human body. Eggs with deep yellowish yolks are especially beneficial for the eye. Because eggs are rich in cholesterol, experts suggest that if eggs are eaten frequently, a large quantity of vegetables should also be in your daily diet.
Dark green vegetables, such as spinach, are one of the best sources of lutein, which is effective in preventing macular degeneration and cataracts. Spinach also contains high levels of vitamin B2 and bata-carotene. “Pink eye” (conjunctivitis) is less likely to occur if vitamin B2 is sufficient, while bata-carotene can transform into vitamin A in the human body to help prevent occurrence of “dry eyes.” Spinach is also rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which help maintain the flexibility of ocular muscles and help slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness).
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.