Foods to improve eyesight

A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is not only key to general health, but key to healthy eyes and eyesight. If your diet is high in processed or “fast” foods there is a chance your body is not getting the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it neccessary to function well. That means your eyes or your vision may also suffer. There is evidence suggesting a good diet may help protect at risk patients against certain eye diseases including macular degeneration.

Eat plenty of green and leafy green vegetables and fruits. One way to ensure you are getting the right vitamins, and the right combination of vitamins is to take supplements. It has been found that the body absorbes nutrients from multivitamins easier than it does from food. A daily multi vitamin and mineral supplement will help increase the odds we are getting the vitamins and minerals needed to protect against certain age related eye diseases. Research suggests that antioxidants may be beneficial for our eye health. Lutein and Zeaxanthin (found in fruit and vegetables) can also help promote eye health, and compliment other antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E. Make sure your multivitamin contains all of these substances if you want better vision.

Magnesium and Twitching Eye

A muscle twitch (technical name fasciculation) is a small, local, involuntary muscle contraction visible under the skins. Muscle twitches can have a variety of causes. One of the most common effects of magnesium deficiency is muscle twitching.

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body. It is even known as the “relaxing mineral” because of its role in relaxing muscles. The German University, Albert-Ludwigs, conducted a trial and discovered that people who suffered from resltess leg syndrome and insomnia showed significant improvement after taking a 300mg magnesium supplement for four to six weeks. As well as a diet deficient of magnesium it is also possible to become magneseium deficient through stress, as well as severe diarrhea. Another factor in being deficient can be over exertion.

If you do not want to take supplements, all is not lost. You can easy get more magnesium into your diet by eating nuts, wholegrains, beans, dark green vegetables, fish, and lean meat.

Eyebright Herb

Eyebright herb used as a herbal remedy for eye problems

Eyebright herb used as a herbal remedy for eye problems

Eyebright is a native European plant and is common throughout Britain. It is a semi-parasitic plant which feeds off grass and other plants by attaching suckers to the roots and drawing out the nutrients it requires. The herb’s French name loosely translates to ‘throw away your glasses’, giving testament to its reputation as a cure for eyes.

It is used in homeopathy for the treatment of Hay fever, watery irritated eyes and nasal discharge. Eyebright is an anti-inflammatory and astringent (causing contraction of the body tissues, reducing blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids). It is soothing and antibacterial and has numerous other uses.

Tea can be made from the whole eyebright plant, fresh or dried, and taken as a tonic or remedy for hay-fever. An infusion of the leaves can be used to bathe tired, sore eyes as well as a number of different eye conditions. The chemical substance, tannins, that is produced by eyebright has been used to reduce eye inflammation as well as to create a protective covering over the surface of the eye.