Seaweed and your eyes

Eat your seaweed and your eyes stay healthy longer.

Sometimes, we get so focused on lifestyle-related diseases like coronary heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension, that we lose sight of one important health fact: loss of sight. Loss of sight, is the number two health fear behind cancer —for obvious reasons. The thought of going blind as we advance in years, totally immobilizes us.

As we age, the power to see clearly also diminishes. The focusing lens of the eye lose one percent of its transparency every year, until we reach the age of sixty. Beyond that, we will eventually suffer from cataract problem, glaucoma, and macular degeneration — one the most depressing eye diseases— wherein unless we close one eye, we will not discover that the other eye can no longer see objects! The loss of eye fluid or what we call the “dry eye syndrome” is also a common eye problem.

The good news is that from a nutritional standpoint, we can maintain eye health. Sea vegetables or seaweeds are leading sources of natural carotenes like Vitamin A (beta carotene) and bioflavonoids – antioxidants that help clear up the cellular debris that accumulate in the eyes. Bioflavonoids for one, works with prolonging Vitamin C action in the eyes, which help prevent swelling and inflammation of ocular tissues. Other necessary nutrients like tocopherol (Vitamin E) and zinc, are essential for assimilation of carotene, which is important against Vitamin A deficiency.

So, keep those pretty eyes clear and bright —eat your seaweed and your eyes will thank you for it.