There is an old saying in the culinary world, “you eat with your eyes.” Your sense of sight does not simply help you to enjoy food and the experience of eating; it helps you to truly enjoy life as well. So, this raises a question: why not eat for your eyes instead of with them? Well if you are finished with overlooking your vision then what follows below is for you.
Degenerative Eye Diseases
Vision deterioration is an unavoidable part of the aging process. However, it is not completely unstoppable. There is a large scope of degenerative eye diseases, including: cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Although age-related macular degeneration may not be the most common form of vision deterioration, amongst the senior demographic it is still an issue that is rapidly growing in size.
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in North America and many parts of Europe today; it is expected that the number of victims suffering from AMD will increase by as much as 50 per cent in the next five years.
What Is AMD?
As stated previously, AMD stands for Age-related Macular Degeneration. If you are like most people you have probably never heard of this issue. However, AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people over 50 years of age.
AMD affects an individual’s vision by damaging the macula. The macula is a small spot near the center of the retina, which is the part of the eye which is responsible for helping to absorb light bouncing off of objects that are right in front of an individual. Without it, you would not be able to make out the details of objects in your central vision.
For some people AMD advances fairly slow, so slowly that vision loss does not occur for long periods of time. In others, the disease progresses much faster. In some cases AMD may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes in only a few years.
Vision Protecting Foods.
Salmon brings far more to the table then just great flavor. Besides being one of the most delicious types of sea food salmon is also packed with nutrients such as: vitamins C, E, zinc, selenium and copper, all of which are extremely beneficial for eye health. Salmon is also high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are considered by most to be important for eye health as they may help slow down the progression of eye conditions that become more common with age.
Red wine is also thought of excellent food for eye health. Consisting mostly of grapes red wine is high in resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that has proven benefits for eye and overall health. Resveratrol can be found in fairly high concentration in red wine, making it one of the best foods for preventing AMD and many other optical issues.
Raw Organic Cheese
Key vitamins found in both the aforementioned foods can also be found in raw milk and cheeses in high quantities. Not only do raw milk and cheeses help improve your vision they also play a key role in preventing other age related diseases such as arthritis