You want to keep your sight? Eat right! A healthy lifestyle with a moderate amount of exercise and the right balance of nutrition can help raise your quality of life and keep illness and diseases at bay.
Axidative stress is associated with damage to the optic nerve in glaucoma, so it stands to reason that antioxidants may help to prevent further injury Amish Doshi, MD at Kaiser Permanente Northern California says.
Dietary Sources for Antioxidants:
- acai berries
- dark chocolate
- black and green tea
- lycopene (from tomato products)
- dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach
- flax seeds.
In terms of nutrients Dr. Doshi notes that any nutritional deficiencies can be “addressed with supplements that include Vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E as well as the minerals Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc.” If you aren’t sure of what sort of vitamins you may be lacking in perhaps opt for a a general multivitamin.
However if you were looking to combat glaucoma there’s no real evidence vitamins can help with that.
Oh and you know that myth about carrots making you see better? The answer is a messy one. The idea was popularised in WWII as a piece of propoganda, the Germans were trying to figure out how their planes kept getting shot down at night. Not willing to let the cat out of the bag about the newly made radar the British spread rumours that their troops could see in the dark due to carrots. Well carrots are good for your eyes but they can’t IMPROVE your eyes. They’re full of vitamin A, and people who have a deficiency of vitamin A develop nyctalopia or night blindness.
So carrots can help you see in low light, but not in total darkness like some sort of freaky bat.