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Can Juicing Improve Your Eyesight?

Fresh juices offer a lot of health benefits such as a quick source of energy, essential vitamins and minerals, and the prevention of dehydration.

The vitamins and minerals that are easily utilized from fresh juice are necessary to maintain healthy body functioning and prevent diseases.

Certain vitamins such as vitamin A, C, and E play a vital role in sustaining and improving eye health. Juicing to improve eye health is as simple as including fruits and vegetables that contain these vitamins and other nutrients that help the condition of the eyes.

When people consume significant amounts of fruits and vegetables that contain lutein and zeaxanthin, they decrease their risks of some eye diseases. A study that was conducted in 2008 indicated that the people who consumed lutein and zeaxanthin are 23 percent less prone to cataracts than the people who do not have those nutrients in their diets.

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of visual impairment. This condition can lead to blindness. Juices that contain squash, carrots, green beans, broccoli, corn, red bell peppers, parsley, and dark leafy greens like kale and spinach are a good source of carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin which help protect against retina damage and prevent macular degeneration. While red bell peppers contain lutein and zeaxanthin, any bell peppers contain two of the essential vitamins for eye health, vitamins A and C.

In addition to being a source of lutein, carrots contain vitamin A which is a vital component to prevent dry eye syndrome and night blindness. Carrots also contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is another vital component in keeping the eye healthy. This vitamin prevents cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. Limes contain vitamin C and flavonoids.

Flavonoids play an important role in keeping the eyes healthy. Flavonoids help reduce the risks of cataracts and muscular degeneration like the foods rich in vitamin C. Berries are a good source of many vitamins including vitamins E, C, and A. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are a good source of all the above mentioned vitamins. Other berries such as the bilberries are a good source for vitamin C.

Bilberries are extremely beneficial for eye health. In addition to their vitamin content, they have  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and collagen-stabilizing properties. Bilberries help with the regeneration of a pigment in receptor cells of the eyes and help maintain healthy blood vessels which supports eye health.

Many juices can be made that contain the fruits and vegetables that improve eye health. Carrot juice is very popular. Fruit and other vegetables can be added to the carrot juice for variety. Many people like a combination of oranges and carrots which are both great for eye health. Another eye healthy juice can be made with a half a lime, one cup of blueberries, one cup of chard, one plum, one chicory, one carrot, a tbsp. of ginger, an apple, and one cup of black grapes.

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  • Reply Rich Donahue July 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Denise,

    Great article on the aspects of juicing and eye health. I’ve believed for a long time that regular juicing helps me to maintain good health and the eyes are just a part of it. I love juicing carrots and leafy greens like kale and spinach. Thanks for the article and best wishes.

  • Reply Lawrence hebb July 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I love my juices too. We are fortunate to have a grapevine where we live. As well as amazing sweet grapes in Summer we made some into a grape cordial (OK not strictly a juice I know but I know everything in the cordial!) So now in the middle of winter we can have nutritious grape cordial with all the goodness of the grapes.

    • Reply Denise July 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Sounds amazing Lawrence! Do you know what type of grapes they are? I would love to have a grapevine!!!

  • Reply Sally Stratford August 14, 2015 at 7:12 am

    My daughter and I have a green juice every day and have recently changed from a phillips juicer which was very quick to feed but produced a lot of moist pulp, to a Champion masticating juicer. We now get an extra glass of juice although this has slightly more sediment than we are used to but very little waste, and we can make beautiful raw icecream with it.

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