Thursday, July 1, 2010

Benefits of Blueberries for Eyes

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We know blueberries taste good, but you may not be aware of the benefits of blueberries for your eyes. When blueberries are consumed regularly, they can actually help maintain your eye sight or even improve it. Although this discovery was made during the Second World War when pilots that consumed blueberries bombed targets more accurately than others, it was largely forgotten until Japanese scientists affirmed the fact with recent research.

When we're young, our immune system has the power to quickly rejuvenate wear and tear on the eyes. Aging, however, causes the self-healing ability of the eyes to slow, and for some it ends altogether. Eating blueberries regularly can often minimize these age-related vision problems or at least slow them down.

One type of age-related eye ailment that blueberries how been shown to help with is known as macular degeneration. Macular degeneration typically begins with yellowish deposits at the center of the retina, a component of the eye that has an active role in the vision process. Although people have clear sight during the early stages of this dreaded disease, the deposits continue to grow and gradually decrease vision quality. Researchers have discovered that this yellowish deposit is caused by high cholesterol levels with the level of vision loss being directly proportional to the drusen buildup in the retina.

Nutrients in blueberries use a two-way process to prevent and cure many eye ailments. First, they reduces the cholesterol levels in the body, which is a very important aspect in avoiding and curing macular degeneration and second, the chemical component and antioxidant anthocyanin, which provides blueberries with their color, works toward rebuilding many types of cells damage in ones retina.

The health benefits of blueberries don't end with helping restore vision and providing antioxidants that improve your general wellness; they can also play a vital role in making you healthy on the outside.  The nutrients in blueberries can also help improve skin, resulting in it looking clearer and smoother.

So if you're believer in the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure," then you'll definitely want to incorporate the many benefits of blueberries into your diet. They'll not only help your eyesight, they'll make you look and feel better too!
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