Everybody knows that we should eat healthy food and we should eat in moderation. But we all have our own idea about what healthy food is, especially now with the food industry trying to throw in the labels some eye-catching words like “organic”, “probiotic”, “rich in fiber”, “whole grain”. Look at the ingredients, if that whole grain bread contains 50 ingredients you never heard of, with names associated with chemical lab – this whole-grain bread is as good as organic fries. Now, if you ask me what’s wrong with organic fries – you have a long way to go.
Or what do you think “probiotic yogurt” should contain? Yogurt is prepared from milk and bacterial culture, hence all yogurts are probiotic by definition and should contain exactly that – milk and bacterial culture, nothing else.
Here is what Jack LaLanne said about food:
And not just hips, toxins we eat are manifested in our body as diseases, including eyesight problems. If you have problems with eyesight (excluding physical trauma), you likely have other health issues and once you stop abusing your body it will recover.
Take a look, for example, at a cataract – a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. The cause of cataracts is denaturation of lens protein – the process of losing protein structure by application of external factors (trauma, toxins, UV light). Denaturation is reversible – the proteins can regain their native state – if and when the denaturing influence is removed because all the information needed for proteins to assume their normal state was inscribed in the primary structure of the protein.
Now that we agree not to eat any junk, let’s find what food is the most beneficial for our eyes. Scientific research shows that our eyes need vitamins, especially antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E to be included in everyday diet.
Is a vitamin that is needed by the retina in the form of light-absorbing molecule retinal. This molecule is essential for both vision under low light conditions and color vision, it also helps keep your eyes, skin, and mucous membranes moist. Vitamin A deficiency is rare, but it can cause night blindness, eye inflammation, diarrhea, and other problems. Overconsumption of vitamin A can cause nausea, irritability, and blurred vision in its mild form. In addition, the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet can turn orange if a person has a high intake of Vitamin A. This is why your diet has to be well balanced and include all of the needed vitamins.
Vitamin A can be found in 2 most common forms in food:
1) Animal-based – retinol – is found in animal or fish liver, whole milk, some fortified foods.
2) Plant-based – carotenes, such as beta-carotene that are converted in our body to retinal.
RDA for Vitamin A for adults is ~900 μg/day and should be increased to 1200 μg/day during the lactation period. The upper limit is around 3000 μg/day. The list below demonstrates top sources of vitamin A. Please, keep in mind that the best way of consumption of the product is to eat it in its raw condition
|Plant source||Amount (μg / 100g)|
|Liver (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish), cod liver oil||6500|
Carrot juice takes the crown for vegetarians, but if you combine it with beetroot juice and parsley you will get one of the best remedies for eyesight (3 carrots, 1 small beetroot, and 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley juice).
It is one of the naturally occurring carotenoids. Found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, lutein is used by organisms as an antioxidant and for blue light absorption.
Lutein was found to be concentrated in the macula, an oval-shaped pigmented yellow spot near the center of the retina responsible for central vision. The theory is that lutein helps keep the eyes safe from oxidative stress and the high-energy photons of blue light. Various research studies have shown that a direct relationship exists between lutein intake and pigmentation in the eye. Several studies also show that an increase in macula pigmentation decreases the risk for eye diseases such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
RDA for lutein is 4000-8000 μg/day. Below is the table of vegetables richest in lutein/zeaxeathanin:
|Plant source||Amount(μg / 100g)|
Vitamin C is essential for our body. Like vitamin E being an anti-oxidant reduces the risk of cataract and macular degeneration. Vitamin C is found in
|Plant source||Amount(mg / 100g)|
This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E deficiency causes neurological problems in the eyes and the whole body due to poor nerve conduction. Since it is important in the formation of red blood cells and helps the body to use vitamin K – deficiency can cause anemia. RDA for vitamin E is 15mg/day for adults. The best source of vitamin E are nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
|Wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon||20.3||100|
|Almonds, 1 ounce||7.4||40|
|Sunflower seeds, 1 ounce||6.0||30|
|Sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon||5.6||28|
|Safflower oil, 1 tablespoon||4.6||25|
|Hazelnuts, 1 ounce||4.3||22|
|Peanut butter, 2 tablespoons||2.9||15|
|Peanuts, 1 ounce||2.2||11|
|Corn oil, 1 tablespoon||1.9||10|
|Spinach, boiled, ½ cup||1.9||10|
|Broccoli, chopped, boiled, ½ cup||1.2||6|
|Soybean oil, 1 tablespoon||1.1||6|
|Kiwi, 1 medium||1.1||6|
|Mango, sliced, ½ cup||0.9||5|
|Tomato, raw, 1 medium||0.8||4|
|Spinach, raw, 1 cup||0.6||4|
Below are a few salads that are loaded with vitamins and are perfect for eyesight improvement. They are all easy to make and do not require more than 5 minutes of putting ingredients together.
- 1 Head of Kale
- Yellow Carrots
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red Pepper
- White Onion
- Sea Salt
- Olive Oil
- Fresh Squeezed Lemon
Preparation: Chop kale, red pepper, white onions, and cilantro. Cut carrots lengthwise and tomatoes in half. Sprinkle all of the ingredients with squeezed lemon and olive oil. Mix up and enjoy!
- Sprouted Lentils
- Green onions
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
Soak lentils overnight to let them sprout. Cut kale into thin pieces, chop onions, parsley and dill. Add sprouted lentils. Add sea salt and pepper if you desire. Sprinkle with olive oil.
- 2 lb carrots
- 2 C parsley
- ¼ C Hemp Oil
- 3 T Lemon Juice
- 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pink Salt to taste
- 1 t cumin
- ½ t coriander
- 3 T anise hyssop (optional)
- Pumpkin seeds to sprinkle
The 2 lbs of carrots are chopped finely with the parsley using the s blade of a food processer. Then all the other ingredients are added together in a bowl. The anise hyssop is also optional and can be finely chopped
For more great recipes visit my Raw Food Recipes section. These recipes are not only a great treat for your stomach, but also for the whole body.
- “National Nutrient Database”. Nutrient Data Laboratory of the US Agricultural Research Service
- Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group (October 2001). “A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high-dose supplementation with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc for age-related macular degeneration and vision loss: AREDS report no. 8”
- National Institute of Health. “Vitamin E Fact Sheet”