Recognizing National Nutrition Month, March 2011
Nutritionists and health experts frequently remind Americans about the importance of consuming foods high in antioxidants and key minerals to enhance health. But did you know that these foods also can improve the health of your eyes and lower the risk of eye diseases? View full article »
Vegetables and Fruits Are Beneficial for Good Oral Health and Vision
Recognizing September as Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month
Remember when your mom reminded you to eat your vegetables for a healthy and strong body?
Mom’s advice is still relevant today, and she still has a difficult time getting anyone to listen.
Nearly 90 percent of Americans – both children and adults – do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The United States Department of Health recommends that individuals eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables supplies your body with the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants you need to boost your immunity and maintain your healthy body. These nutrients also protect your oral health and lower the risk of eye diseases:
- Sink Your Teeth into Fruits and Vegetables: While produce provides many nutrients that are valuable to different parts of your body, the calcium and Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables is especially beneficial for healthy teeth and gums.
- Focus Your Eyes on Color. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce your chances of developing age-related eye diseases, such as cataracts or macular degeneration. Dark green leafy vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which also protect your eyes from disease. And vitamin A, which is found in bright yellow or orange vegetables, helps with night vision. View full article »
Could green tea help fight eye and periodontal disease?
For many years, scientists have touted the health benefits of regular consumption of green tea. New evidence has demonstrated that the powerful antioxidants and disease-fighting properties of green tea may help protect individuals from glaucoma and common eye diseases and promote healthy gums and teeth.
Antioxidant value. Green tea contains catechins, which belong to the family of antioxidants that include vitamins C and E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. While scientists recognized that green tea catechins had a positive impact on the health of those who consumed the beverage, they were not exactly sure how the body absorbed these antioxidants into body tissues.
Fights against eye diseases. New research with laboratory rats has shown–beyond a doubt–that green tea catechins are passed from the stomach and gastrointestinal tract into the tissues of the eye. Scientists have concluded that regular consumption of green tea may actually help protect eyes against glaucoma and other common eye diseases. (www.medicalnewstoday.com) View full article »