Find out how many carrots it would take to save your eyes

The Good Life Letter 

12th March 2017

I hope my mum won't offended by this when she reads it...

...but she didn't half fill my head with rubbish when I was a little kid.

"Bread crusts give you curly hair".... yeah right, tell that to the man whose fine, STRAIGHT hair started falling out when he hit 30!

"If you swallow chewing gum it will wrap round your ribs"... that little factoid terrified me for years. I still won't touch the stuff.

"Carrots help you see in the dark"... don't be ridiculous! Carrots can't possibly affect your eyes.

...Or can they?

You see, among the barmy tales my mum loved to tell me there were a few gems... things that science has now shown to be true.

Which goes to prove that we should all listen to our mums (hopefully that will get me back in her good books now!).

Whilst science doesn’t exactly say that a diet rich in carrots is going to be the best thing you could do for your eyesight, it does identify that the compounds which give this vegetable its characteristic colour are the most important nutrients for keeping your eyesight clear.

Carrots contain compounds called caretenoids (especially beta-carotene) which are natural antioxidants, substances which are vital in protecting every cell in our bodies from the potentially damaging by-products of the millions of chemical reactions that occur every day.

In addition, they also help protect us from some of the damaging effects of the environmental pollution which we have been hearing so much about recently.

When our body is subject to an overload of these toxins certain cells in the body suffer most – and today I want to tell you how to get the benefit of a whole bucketful of carrots and a lot more essential nutrients besides.

Feeding your eyes might not seem logical – but it will if you read this

How to keep a sharp eye on health

At the back of our eyes is a layer of highly sensitive cells which detect light falling on them and respond by sending signals to the brain, this is the retina. Right at the centre of this photosensitive disc is the most densely packed group of cells which is called the macula.

And this really is worth protecting.

When our eyes focus on an object the rays of light fall directly on the macula and this is where our pin sharp images form enabling us to read, recognise the faces of loved ones and even perform tasks like driving.

You can understand that if we lose any of the function of this area the effects can be catastrophic.

So, I think it is worth stopping and thinking about what your eyes are going through. For a start, what are you doing right now?

That’s right you’re sitting and squinting at your PC screen, iPad or mobile trying to make sense of this newsletter.

The simple act of scanning my beautiful (!) prose is making your eyes work incredibly hard, and if you have done this after a walk in the bright sunlight (oh, I wish) or having watched TV for an hour then your eyes have already done more work than you realise.

Add into this the chances that the environment you are in might be subject to any number of particles of dust, smoke, natural radiation or exhaust fumes and you have one of your most delicate tissues under assault.
Surely using every means at your disposal to help protect their vital function is the least you can do.

Time also takes its toll and our eyes begin to diminish in their power as the years roll by, that’s why so many of us wear glasses for at least part of the day by the time we get to fifty.

But if you add in the effects of high blood pressure, diabetes or some of the rheumatic conditions then there is a much greater chance that you will suffer severe deterioration in your sight as the macula begins to break down.
This is the condition known as macular degeneration – AMD, age-related macular degeneration.

Find out more here – you need to show that you care

Discover the Foods that Help Protect Your Eyesight

Studies show that your diet could help prevent macular degeneration.

To give yourself the best possible chance of good vision, you need to up your intake of foods rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin. And along with each I've listed the best natural food sources:

  • Beta-carotene - you'll get plenty of this in a serving of spinach, carrot, sweet potato and red pepper, or yellow fruits like mango, melon, apricot and peach.
  • Vitamin C - half a cup of broccoli provides 45 mg of vitamin C. Kiwi fruit has about 55 mg of vitamin C. Half a mango gives you 95 mg of vitamin C. And even a small tomato gives you a little boost of 25 mg of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E - as a snack throughout the day, try a handful or two of sunflower seeds or nuts. You can also try flaxseed oil capsules or fish oil.
  • Zinc - there's plenty of this in oysters, pumpkin seeds, cashews, liver and chick peas.
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin - these are found in spinach, peas, watercress, Brussels sprouts and sweetcorn. Some studies suggest that higher intake of lutein and zeaxanthin is linked to a reduced risk of macular degeneration AND cataracts too.
In addition, there are some other considerations.

  • Avoid taking vitamin only supplements aimed at helping your eyes as these rarely contain the mix of active and trace elements needed to make a real difference.
  • Avoiding smoking as this prevents the body absorbing vitamins.

Including these in your diet is going to help, but as we know from experience the demand that our bodies have for properly balanced intake means that we should also be thinking about using a simple daily supplement.

The question is which one though? The shelves of health food stores and internet searches will reveal numerous products claiming to offer the best in eye nutrition, but this is an area that you need to tread warily in.

After many hours of research I can now offer you the answer – read on my friends.

Revealed, the food supplement that could save your eyes

Today I want to show you an easy way to get these vital nutrients to the parts of the eye that need them.

It is time to try VisualEyes

This product contains a balanced natural defence system for your eyes. With the perfect level of lutein, a powerful caretenoid, blended with every single one of the important vitamins and minerals that I mentioned above it holds the key to healthy eyes.

From time to time I get folk asking me why I talk about taking supplements rather than just eating the foods that provide the same nutrients, in this case there is a very good reason and it is this...

...To get the right amount of lutein from your diet would involve you consuming vast quantities of green vegetables. And that may well reduce the number of friends who want to sit next to you in the pub.

So, it makes sense to me to protect your most valuable asset. Keep your vision free from degeneration and avoid the damaging effects of macular degeneration, diabetes & cataracts.

I’m off for a walk down the garden, there’s always the chance of a natter over the fence with my neighbour, our local homebrew king.

There’s a strong rumour that he has just opened some of last year’s sloe gin – real nectar! If that’s the case I’ll know what’s making my eyesight blurry as a result.

Find out how you can reverse the effects of a busy life on your eyes – click here

Yours, as always


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