Increased blood pressure and increased blood glucose levels can harm the blood vessels in your eyes. There are things you can do to protect your vision from eye conditions, including macular degeneration and cataracts, including eating a well-balanced diet and including certain natural herbs and supplements in your daily regimen.
A few medicinal herbs that can help to keep your eyes healthy are:
Ginkgo (ginko biloba) helps blood flow to the back of the eye and, as an antioxidant, it can help to protect nerve cells in the body and the eyes.
Green tea is full of vitamin C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, and antioxidants that can help to protect eye tissues from glaucoma and other diseases.
Wolfberries are also very good for eye health. The berries are known to improve eyesight, keep eyes moist and prevent macular degeneration, as well as diabetic retinopathy.
Chrysanthemum flower is high in beta-carotene and vitamin B. This herb helps to prevent cloudiness and damage to the eye lens.
Other herbs that are helpful for eyesight and the eyes in general include eyebright and buddleia.
Nutritional supplements can help to boost the eyes as well. Many of the below eye-boosting nutrients are in multivitamins and foods, like leafy green vegetables, fruits, fish and nuts.
Beta-carotene, which is a pigment in plants, can help with the production of vitamin A and help to lower the risk of macular degeneration, stroke and other diseases.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are found in salmon, herring, tuna, and several other cold-water fish, have been linked to eye health.
Alpha lipoic acid, folic acid, lutein, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E are other nutritional supplements known to keep the eyes healthy, especially as you age.