I was reading the other day and couldn’t get my eyes to focus for a few seconds. I thought great, now my eyes are going too. It’s a fact that as we age, elasticity of the eye lenses lessens, causing difficulty reading small print, etc. However, there is hope for vision disorders-just like the rest of the body, the retina has a remarkable ability to heal itself, if given the proper conditions. Good diet and nutritional supplements can reduce the free-radical damage and help preserve healthy eyes.

Plant foods are powerhouses of protective nutrients. Leafy greens are great sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that are abundant in the eye and filter out harmful radiation. Egg yolks are also a rich source. Antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E; beta-carotene and zinc protect the eyes from light-induced free-radical damage. Carrots, tomatoes, red and yellow onions, grapes, spinach, kale and other brightly colored fruits and veges are your best bets. Red wine also helps.

Herbs and supplements that help: the amino acid Taurine (500 mg/day), Bilberry (320 mg/day-Jarrows is a good one), N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), 250 mg/day, Ginko biloba (60 mg/day), lipoic acid (100 mg/day), and melatonin (3 mg/day) at bedtime.

I’m a firm believer in hip strength and flexibilty for improving function and preventing lower back pain. I’ve shown a couple of exercises using the resistance bands, I’ll show you a great stretch using the same bands soon. I have been using these bands for about a year now and I have to say that I’ve never felts stronger. I’ve been exercising for >40 years and these are by far the best equipment purchases you can make. Check out the link on my home page called resistance bands.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.