Suffer from Diabetes? These Foods May Improve Your Eyesight!
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Suffer from Diabetes? These Foods May Improve Your Eyesight!

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8 November 2019

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When you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing certain eye diseases that can lead to vision loss or blindness.

High blood sugar levels cause damage to the blood vessels in the eyes and can lead to conditions like blurry vision, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. 

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults and it affects over one in four of those living with diabetes. Thus, it’s important to take good care of your eye health by having regular check-ups, yearly comprehensive dilated eye exams and of course, maintaining a healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients—especially nutrients that are good for your eyes!

Although diabetic-related eye diseases cannot be cured, they can be prevented by: 

  • Managing blood sugar levels

  • Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet—high fibre, low sodium, with complex carbohydrates and good fats

  • Making fruits and vegetables your new best friends

  • Getting regular eye examinations 

    • When signs of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts are detected at a very early stage, the progression of these diseases can be slowed or halted. As symptoms are usually not experienced until the diseases has advanced, a comprehensive eye exam is the only reliable way to detect the onset of diabetic eye complications—and an early diagnosis means early treatment.


5 Key Nutrients to Maintain Healthy Eyes and Vision

Good eye health starts with the food on your plate.

Serious eye diseases may be avoided if you include foods that contain a range of vitamins, nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. There's more to eye nutrition than just carrots! Here are some of the key nutrients you need to boost your eye health and help protect against vision-threatening diseases.

Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are a type of unique antioxidant mainly found in abundance in red-orange to blue-purple fruits and vegetables such as blackcurrant, blueberry, bilberry, aubergine, red cabbage, cherries and more. Particularly, blackcurrant itself has four types of unique anthocyanins that may help in relieving dry, tired eyes symptoms, improve blood circulation around the eyes and your vision in the long run. Based on clinical studies, anthocyanins are also known to have anti-diabetic properties and reduce the risk of insulin resistance.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are yellow-red carotenoid antioxidants which are found widely in green leafy vegetables, eggs, corn and more. Marigold flower is one of the richest sources of this nutrient which may help to filter out harmful blue lights. Along with other natural antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin also may reduce the risk of diabetic patients to develop AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and cataracts.

Vitamin C

citrus fruit in bowl

Vitamin C to ‘see’ better. Literally. Sweet red peppers, blackcurrant, strawberries, citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges and grapefruit are the most common source of vitamin C. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is between 75 to 90mg per day. However, based on clinical studies, a daily dose of 500mg vitamin C is needed to reduce the risk of developing diabetic-related diseases including serious eye conditions.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is known to be a potent antioxidant that helps to protect your eye cells from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin E deficiency may lead to visual degeneration and blindness, especially in people with diabetes. Almonds, sunflower seeds, other nuts, wheat germ and fish are the best sources of vitamin E.

Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid which is necessary for human health, however, our bodies don’t make GLA naturally. Most of the time you may acquire GLA from several plant-based oils such as evening primrose oil, borage oil and blackcurrant seed oil. The combination of GLA and omega-3 fatty acids may benefit people who suffer from chronic dry eyes and improve blood flow and reduce tingling in diabetic people.

BerryBright Eye Nourishing Drink is a natural whole food eye supplement, packed with anthocyanins, lutein and vitamin C. A comprehensive formula specially developed by health experts to help nourish and protect your vision!

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