This post is sponsored by EyePromise. All opinions are my own!
You are what you eat. How often have we heard that? Like forever and ever? But, the thing is, it’s true. We are what we eat. Because what we eat directly affects our body, our health, and ergo, our quality of life. But did you know that what we eat also affects the quality of our vision? Especially if we are over the age of 45?
By the time we reach middle age, most of us pretty well know that a healthy diet should consist of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables. Right?
We can even debate the merits of whether our diet should be primarily plant based versus animal sources of protein – and many certainly do – but there is a general consensus on the basic foundation of a healthy diet.
And yes, I know we all wish that red wine and chocolate were two major food groups. But, alas, they are not. There just isn’t a substitute for good old fashioned healthy food choices.
And yet, even if we eat a nutritious diet 90% of the time, it’s still nearly impossible to get enough nutrients needed to adequately protect and improve our vision as we age. So guess what? We can supplement!
Eye Vitamins = Vitamin “See”
Many of us supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals for a variety of reasons. Maybe we’re low on iron, or we’re not getting adequate vitamin D for this reason or that reason; or maybe we’re supplementing the B vitamins to help with energy and stamina. The point is, supplementing our diet with necessary vitamins and minerals is something many of us do every day.
So how about our eyes? If a healthy, clean diet is not enough to adequately protect and improve our vision as we age, doesn’t supplementing with eye vitamins make sense?
Especially if supplementing with eye vitamins can help us protect our eyes naturally? Reduce glare and light sensitivity?Provide protection from harmful blue light from computers and tablets? Help in making night driving easier?
Speaking of night driving, I don’t have difficulty with that yet. I also don’t like to think that it will be a problem in the future. But, it might, you know? And as a woman who has been fiercely independent her entire life, the thought of not being able to safely drive at night because of failing eye health, inspires just a wee bit of anxiety in me. I will confess.
But if I can supplement with eye vitamins, in addition to making sure I eat a clean, healthy diet to help protect my eyes as I age, why not?
What Can Eye Vitamins Supply that You Can’t Get from Food?
Nothing can take the place of a healthy diet. And to suggest that one can supplement their way into good eye health is misleading and just plain false. To supplement means to add alongside of. Not to replace or use instead of. So, it’s fundamentally important that we understand the value of eating well.
For eye health, our bodies need two very important nutrients: zeaxanthin and lutein. Both nutrients are found in the eye and build pigment, which helps protect our vision. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, egg yolks, and leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens all supply zeaxanthin and lutein.
Broccoli, peas, and avocados are also a good food source of zeaxanthin and lutein, and the omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish and nuts are also important for good eye health as well. In fact, studies have shown that women who consume seafood 2 to 4 times per week have a decrease in the risk of occasional dry eye by a whopping 45%.
But, I don’t think I need to convince The Perimenopause Blog readers that you should eat well. I also don’t think I need to convince you to be mindful of the changes in our eye health as we age. But I do want you to know that even if you do all the right things, and eat all the right foods, it’s nearly impossible to get all of the zeaxanthin and lutein needed to main and protect your eye health.
So Eat Your Vegetables and Take Your Vitamins Too!
Growing older does have its advantages. When as children we may have turned up our noses at our green vegetables and only pretended to take our vitamins. As women, we now know the wisdom of our mothers and grandmothers imploring us to eat our vegetables so we can grow big and strong!
And eat our veggies we must! But what about those vitamins? Where does one find vitamins for the eyes? And will they really help? Well, according to EyePromise, their Vizual Edge eye vitamin, which is backed by 20 years of scientific research, will help, and is guaranteed to make your vision the healthiest it can be!
According to EyePromise, Vizual Edge contains the dietary nutrient zeaxanthin (zee-uh-zan-thin), needed to improve and protect our central vision. Adequate amounts of zeaxanthin helps build thicker and more “dense” macular pigment which acts as “internal sunglasses” which protect and enhance our vision.
EyePromise Vizual Edge is designed to decrease eye stress by lessening the impact of harmful blue light from all of the devices we use; improve overall eye health by supporting the natural function of our eye and protect eyes naturally by creating lasting protection from the inside out by mitigating the progression of age related eye issues.
Will EyePromise Vizual Edge reverse all the effects of aging and give us our 30-year old bodies back? Well, no. But, eating all of our vegetables won’t do that either! In concert with good eating habits, however, EyePromise Vizual Edge can certainly help us improve our quality of life to a certain degree. And that’s a guarantee I can live with.
You can learn more about EyePromise Vizual Edge along with other products they have at their website here. And as always, my dear readers, thanks for your loyal readership!