Macular Degeneration Cataracts Try Some Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Vision Food

Do you have macular degeneration, cataracts or eye fatigue?  Following your doctor’s orders is important in maintaining your eye health.  But what can you do on your own to improve your outcomes and preserve your eyesight?  Following a diet high in lutein and zeaxanthin supports eye health and may slow the development of age related macular degeneration, cataracts, and eye fatigue.

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What is lutein and zeaxanthin?

Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in the macula, an area of the retina that is critical to sharp vision.  Both of these nutrients fight visual fatigue and improve contrast sensitivity.  Studies show that diets rich in these two nutrients slow macular degeneration and cataract formation.

Which foods should I eat to fight macular degeneration, cataracts and eye fatigue?

Foods that contain both lutein and zeaxanthin:

Lutein is present in the following foods:

  • collard greens
  • eggs
  • kiwi
  • pumpkin
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • butternut squash
  • red grapes
  • peas
  • green bell peppers
  • cucumbers
  • celery

Zeaxanthin is found in the following foods:

  • orange bell peppers
  • oranges and orange juice
  • honeydew melon
  • mangoes

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Lutein and zeaxanthin are also found in supplement form.  Supplements may be effective in reducing symptoms of eye fatigue and improve vision  for those who spend many hours in front of a computer screen .  Be sure to discuss any over the counter supplements you choose to take with your doctor before adding them to your medication list.

Cooking With Lutein and Zeaxanthin to Support Eye Health

Learning to cook with foods containing lutein and zeaxanthin is easy and fun.  There are literally thousands of recipes to choose from.  Most of these recipes are easy to make and delicious as well.  Here some recipes for you to get you started:

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Slow Cooker Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Omelet

Corn and Zucchini Cakes

Adding lutein and zeaxanthin foods to your daily dietary intake should be part of your arsenal in fighting macular degeneration, cataracts and eye fatigue. You may actually experience visual acuity improvement in just a matter of a few months.

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5 Responses to Macular Degeneration Cataracts Try Some Lutein and Zeaxanthin

  1. Marje August 1, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    What great information! I had cataracts a few years ago and never understood why. I love vegetables and will try all these suggestions in order to improve my eyesight.

    • Jana Hartley August 4, 2012 at 6:59 am #

      Marje, cataracts are often a result of sun exposure. They can run in families and you may have a genetic predisposition to them. They are often just a result of age and age related disease processes. Eating the right foods can help preserve and in some cases reverse your eye sight problems, that is the good news!

  2. Sabrina at MyMiBoSo August 1, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Jana, thank you SO MUCH for linking to my kale post – and for sharing what you know about taking care of body with such LOVE!

  3. Lisa August 2, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Thanks for the info – my older sister got cataracts in her early 50′s. When she had them done, she asked how much time she would need off of work. They responded: “We aren’t sure since most people are retired when they have cataracts.”
    I’ll have to start eating more of these.

  4. Eye cataract October 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this information with us.

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