Eyecare Business

AUG 2016

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V I S I O N 1 0 1 44 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m August 2016 While fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are readily available year-round, an even better choice is smaller fish such as sardines and ancho- vies. Eating these frequently doesn't pose the same risk of mercury contamination as eating larger fish does, and it's better for our oceans, too. Vegetarian? Seek out sources of omega-3s derived from algae instead. è ALMONDS, SEEDS, WHEAT GERM, PISTACHIOS. Though calorie-dense, these foods are all exceptionally high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the progression of AMD and the formation of cataracts. Additionally, the mono- and polyunsaturated fats in pistachios and other nuts help boost the absorp- tion of carotenoids found in vegetables, which makes for a nutritional one-two punch that's great for the eyes. —Emily Teel Emily Teel is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scenes in the Philadelphia area. these fruits is also a powerful antioxidant. Though black currants are difficult to find fresh except at rare farmers' markets, they're widely available both dried and freeze-dried at specialty grocers and health food stores. Look for a version without added sugar and add these to granola, smoothies, or baked goods. When organic, chemical-free blackberries and cherries arrive to markets in summertime? Treat yourself. è WILD-CAUGHT FISH. Fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies are high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, one of which is DHA, docosahexaenoic acid. DHA is a major building block of the retina, as well as the brain, skin, and cerebral cortex. In fact, fully half of the body's photoreceptors, rods and cones, are made up of omega-3 fatty acids. So, it's hardly surprising that diets rich in this element can help stave off AMD. In the form of whole foods (not supplements) omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help with dry-eye syndrome. Almonds, seeds, wheat germ, and pistachios…are all exceptionally high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the pro- gression of AMD and the formation of cataracts.

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