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Improve eye health with foods and supplements

The eye's retina and macula are very vulnerable to free radical damage. The liver is responsible for detoxing and filtering the blood, so for healthier eyes detox the liver, ingest lots of antioxidants, and exercise the eyes.

Eat raw fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants and high in carotenoids usually with red, orange and yellow pigments that provide lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have been shown to reduce macular degeneration risk.

  • apricots
  • broccoli
  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • goji berries
  • pumpkin
  • spinach
  • sweet potatoes.

Eat foods high in zinc:

  • beans
  • beef
  • chicken
  • pumpkin seeds
  • spinach.

Eat brain health foods:

  • avocados
  • brazil nuts
  • coconut oil
  • hemp
  • walnuts
  • wild-caught salmon

It may be wise to take one of the following supplements but first read the Ocular Nutrition Society's advice on choosing a nutritional supplement for eye health.

Detoxify the liver if there are symptoms of blurry vision, short sightedness, dry eyes, floaters, or painful, burning blood shot eyes.

Follow the 20-20-20 rule to avoid eyestrain by focusing on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes when working on a computer, reading, or doing closeup work and blink often to keep eyes moist.

Watch the attached video for eye health suggestions. Consult an ophthalmologist for eye exams and licensed medical advice on healthier eyes and eye exercises, and an optometrist for eye corrective lenses.

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