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Eyefoods Tips: Antioxidants

Eyefoods TipsLaurie Capogna

Antioxidants help prevent eye disease such as AMD and Cataracts.

  • Get your antioxidants by eating brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
  •  Getting them from food versus only from supplements allows your body to benefit from the synergy of the nutrients in foods.

Antioxidants are a class of substances that help to prevent oxidation in the body. Examples are, vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as phytochemicals such as the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction in the body that changes a stable molecule into a free radical. Free radicals can form from environmental factors including, exposure to UV light, hazardous chemicals and air pollution. They can also be formed due to the natural aging process, poor dietary habits and smoking.

If left unchecked free radicals can damage the body and tissues leading to a variety of chronic disease such as age-related macular degenerations, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

However, antioxidants may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer.

Fruits and vegetables, cold water fish, eggs and plant oils are some examples of great antioxidant sources for vision health.