Nutrition News: Eye Health
Here's the good news -- in a large, NIH-funded clinical study by Chew, researchers found that a specific combination of vitamins and minerals can prevent AMD from progressing to a more severe form. Scientists also found that people who eat diets rich in green, leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, and fish, are less likely to have advanced AMD. Vitamin and mineral supplements, especially those containing lutein and zeaxanthin (found in green leafy vegetables), were found to slow progression of AMD as well.
Here are some steps you can take toward better eye health:
--Have a comprehensive eye exam each year after age 50.
--Eat a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish as well as berries, beets, broccoli and carrots.
--Maintain normal blood pressure.
--Control diabetes if you have it.
--Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat any time you're outside in bright sunshine.
--Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing work around the house that may cause eye injury.
Q and A
Q: How can I avoid tears when cutting onions?
A: Blame the sulfur compounds in onions for this common eye irritation. When released by chopping or slicing, these compounds react with enzymes and turn into chemicals that aggravate your eyes, which your lacrimal glands produce tears to wash away. You can try chilling or even lightly freezing onions before chopping, which reduces the release of irritants. You can even try special "onion goggles," which you can find in specialty cooking shops and home stores. Another option is to switch your onions. Spring onions and sweet onion varieties such as Vidalia and Maui are lower in pungent sulfur compounds. However, these onions may have a slightly different taste. -- University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian with Hy-Vee in Springfield, Ill., and a spokesperson for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For comments or questions, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.