Activities like staring at the computer or other similar gadgets exhaust our eyes and worsen age-related problems. Our lifestyle choices affect our vision besides the process of aging. The everyday habits increase and decrease the risks of developing macular degeneration. You have to be aware of your dietary habits as well. There are some foods which can help you improve your vision.
A study done at Harvard Medical School was analyzing the diet and health condition of more than 800 patients. Some of the patients were diagnose with age-related macular degeneration, and others did not have issues. The outcome showed that diet high in fat impacts a lot in the risks for macular degeneration related to age.
Fats in processed foods like French fries, potato chips, cookies, and pre-cooked foods increase the risks of developing macular degeneration 2 times more. Dr. Seddon concluded that if we consume small amounts of foods that are packed with linoleic acid and have two or more servings of fish (with healthy oils) a week we can reduce the risks of this ailment dramatically.
These fats will help you with the following conditions:
Oily fish – the fat in fish is docosagexanoic acid which provides amazing effects on the blood vessels that reach the retina. This acid is highly concentrated in the retina, and the foods that contain it decrease the risks of macular degeneration. A study from the Tufts University in Boston done on over 4,000 people showed that people who included foods like white rice, pasta, and bread had greater risks of developing diabetes and macular degeneration, and also assumed that 20% of the patients could have prevented it from occurrence by reducing the consumption of such foods.
Garlic – it affects the platelets function. It does not thin the blood and acts like a coagulant (agents that prevent blood clotting) causing excessive and spontaneous blood flow. The best prevention of vision problems is regular eye check and the early detection will prevent any significant vision loss.
- Cholesterol reduction – garlic is excellent for your cardiovascular health. It is a strong antioxidant that can decrease triglycerides and cholesterol. Its properties prevent plaque buildup responsible for clogged arteries.
- Blood pressure reduction – allicin affects the function of angiotensin II, a small protein which contracts the blood vessels.
Consume more garlic to keep your eyes healthy. Add it in salads, stews, and soups.