Some will say the eyes are the windows to the soul. To the more science-minded, they’re an incredibly complex organ that gives us the gift of vision. Either way, most of us tend to take our eyes for granted. Just imagine your world if you lost your sight – even just reading this passage on this very screen would be impossible, not to mention seeing the expression of a loved one … or catching a gorgeous sunrise. Fortunately, several easy ways can help protect our eyes – and even improve eyesight naturally.
Eat Black Currant, Bilberry, And Blueberry
Anthocyanins or phytochemicals with antioxidant properties found in berries like black currant, bilberry, and blueberry are especially good for the eyes. Animal studies have found that anthocyanins can stimulate the regeneration of rhodopsin, a protein in the retina that can help you see in low light. Other research has shown that having black currant anthocyanoside concentrate can help the eyes adapt to the dark. It can also give relief from temporary problems with vision, say from working with video display terminals for a long period of time, and prevent or relieve eye strain. Given that so many of us spend a large part of the day staring at a screen, snacking on some black currants may not be such a bad idea!
Have Leafy Greens, Guavas, And Tomatoes
Some carotenoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene can ward off eye disease. Found in spinach, mustard greens, and kale, zeaxanthin and lutein may play a protective role against cataract, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the degeneration of the central part of the retina, and retinitis pigmentosa or the degeneration of the rod cells of the retina. Meanwhile, lycopene – found in guava, watermelon, and tomatoes—may help prevent cataracts.
Have Ghee Or Clarified Butter
Ayurveda sees many inflammatory and vision-related eye problems as rooted in pitta imbalance. Having 1–2 teaspoons of ghee or clarified butter every day can help balance pitta and improve eyesight.
Triphala, a herbal formula containing the fruits black myrobalan (haritaki), beleric myrobalan (bibhitaki), and Indian gooseberry (amalaki), can be useful for improving weak eyesight. Take 1 tablespoon of it twice daily with milk. Triphala ghee – made with ghee, triphala, Malabar nut (vasa), and false daisy (bhringraj) – works as a tonic for the eyes and can also help treat conjunctivitis.
Eat Carrots Cooked In Milk
One classic Ayurvedic remedy to promote good vision, especially in children, includes two grated carrots cooked in milk with one ground cardamom pod and five ground almonds, to be taken daily.