16 Foods To Prevent Cataracts (Recipes Included!)

Causes of cataracts can be allayed when you maintain a high-level of antioxidants in your body through nutritious and healing fresh foods.

 



 

Understanding Cataracts

Cataracts are the clouding and deterioration of the eye lens from age-related thickening which used to occur in older persons that may lead to blindness. However, even younger people are now getting cataracts from what we now understand, is due to their very unhealthy diet.

They are a result of free-radical or oxidative damage to the protein structure of the lens. The damage is liken to the process of egg whites protein turning opaque when it is slowly heated.

Studies show that people with low levels of antioxidants in their bodies are more likely to develop cataracts. By keeping the glutathione (our body’s most important antioxidant) level high, cataracts may be delayed and cataracts surgery avoided.



 

Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts causes are from the same hazards that can cause chaos in our body, leading to many other degenerative diseases. Some of the cataracts causes:

  • Genetic disorders.
  • Deficiency in antioxidant nutrient and enzymes, especially vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin) vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and zinc.
  • Harmful substances from processed foods that are high in fats and low in fiber, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, mercury, steroids, and tobacco, just to name a few.
  • Excessive exposure to glare from computer use.
  • Extensive exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Other diseases, like diabetes.

 

Diet/Lifestyle Suggestions

A diet high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables promote overall good health and is the best defenses against eye diseases. Grapes, grape seeds, blueberries, blackberries, bilberry, raspberries and strawberries are rich with a phytonutrient (anthocyanidins) that is effective in protecting against cell degeneration in our eyes.

This phyto-medicine may even increase your range of vision, improve short-sightedness, reduce inflammation and decrease sensitivity to bright lights. All good for eye problems.

Other good ‘eye foods’ you can eat that may help prevent cataracts are: kelp, legumes, oatmeal, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds.



Most importantly, if there is already sign of cataracts, quit smoking. Substances in tobacco will hasten the formation of cataracts.

 

Recommended Healing Foods To Improve Eye Health

Two very important compounds that are highly beneficial for eye health are lutein and zeaxanthin which can be found in some of the vegetables listed below. In order to fully absorb these oil-soluble compounds, be sure to add a little fats to your juice (use coconut oil, olive oil or flaxseed oil).

Include fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants and flavonoids into your juicer recipes. Asparagus helps increase the glutathione level that is necessary for this condition.

Fresh plant foods that are deep in yellow-orange-red colors contain phytonutrients best suited for this purpose.  Carrot is rich in beta-carotene; it helps protect your eyes and reduces the risk of cataracts formation.

 

Carrot Apple Kale Spinach

Asparagus

Collard greens

Brussels sprouts

Broccoli

Pineapple

Capsicum

Sweet potato 

Pomegranate 

Strawberries

Raspberries

Blueberries

Tomato

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Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):
  • treasure-eyesight-new2 green apples + 2 red/yellow/orange capsicum + 8-10 stalks of asparagus + a slice of lemon
  • 2 green apples + a bunch of spinach + 3-4 leaves of kale + ¼ pineapple + a slice of lemon + 1-inch ginger root
  • 5 carrots + 2 green apples
  • 2 carrots + 1 medium-sized sweet potato + 6-8 stalks of asparagus + a cup of broccoli florets + a slice of lemon
  • 1 carrot + 1 orange + 1 green apple + 1 tomato
  • 1 pomegranate + a cup of strawberries + a cup of raspberries + a cup of blueberries

Learn how to make tasty green juices.

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