Taking eye vitamins can help our eyes stay healthy for a longer period of time. Vitamins for the eyes can also help prevent many diseases. Although we can obtain all the vitamins and minerals we need by eating certain foods, it is nearly impossible in the fast food controlled times to get a healthy meal with all the vitamins and minerals. That is where eye vitamins come in.
Vitamin A - Vitamin A also known as retinol, occurs naturally in animals. This Vitamin keeps the skin healthy and helps produce mucous secretions to build resistance to infection. If you don't consume enough vitamin A you can end up with a condition known as Nyctalopia (Night Blindness). Night blindness is the inability to of the eye to adapt to dim light, sufferers can see in the day, but have trouble seeing in the dark or faint light.
People who don't consume enough Vitamin A may also go on to develop a condition called Xerophthalmia (Greek for dry eyes). This condition makes the surface of the eye become dry and likely to develop infection.
Vitamin A - Vitamin A can be found in plants with carotenes, the body converts these into Vitamin A. Carotenes can be found in carrots, cabbage and lettuce. Vitamin A can also be found in green and yellow vegetables, butter, eggs, fish liver oils, liver, milk and sweet potatoes.
Another antioxidant among the vitamins for eyes, is vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. This water-soluble vitamin helps in the maintenance of collagen which is found in the cornea of the eyes and promotes the delicate capillaries in the retina. Consumption of this vitamin is also known to prove helpful in preventing occurrence of cataract and blindness from macular degeneration. As vitamin C aids in elevating acidity in the blood, it encourages the reduction of intraocular pressure which is associated with the development of glaucoma (an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and impairs vision).
B complex vitamins
These vitamins are necessary for nerve function. The retinal receptor cells send all their messages through nerve fibres into the optic nerve, and into the brain. These vitamins maintain many nerve and general body activities. B-12 is especially important, as it is the most common deficiency in elderly individuals. 1000 mg of B-12, sublingually (under the tongue) a day is recommended for people with optic nerve disease or glaucoma.
Vitamin B2 and B6:
Vitamin B2 and B6 help maintain your eyesight, regulating the intra-eye pressure and prevent your eyes form getting tired. The lack of vitamin B2 and B6 leads to conjunctivitis, excess eye tears, a burning eye feeling, lower eyesight, the gluing of the eyelids together by a sticky secretion. All these eye problems can be eliminating by following a good treatment for a couple of weeks. All you have to do is eat foods containing lots of vitamin B2 and B6. Vitamin B2 is found in most vegetables, liver, kidneys, milk, cheeses, rice, oat flakes. Inositol or vitamin B8:
Inositol or vitamin B8 is a member of the vitamin B complex. Inositol ensures the functional balance of the eye. Citric fruits contain a big quantity of inozitol, but you can generally find it in most fruits, nut, germinated seeds, milk, and meat.
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