Through our eyes we see the world and everything around us. Unfortunately, they are often underestimated. Nowadays, we mostly use them to stare in the computer or any other gadget in the house, but this kind of ‘activities’ exhaust our eyes and worsen age-related issues. Loss of vision is usually associated with aging, but in some cases it is largely affected by our lifestyle choices. Our everyday habits are the ones that can surely increase or decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration.
From the most important lifestyle choices, we’d separate our dietary habits, because food is the best remedy we can have. This article is going to present you the benefits provided by garlic, because it is considered to have a huge power in the treatment of many ailments, including vision problems.
Garlic is a ‘super food’ which possesses numerous brilliant healing properties. People have been praising it for a long time for its tremendous potential. Harvard Medical School conducted a study which analyzed the diet and health condition of over 800 patients. Some of the participants were diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, but others did not have such problems. According to the results, the high-fat diet may have a huge impact on the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Fats in processed foods, like potato chips, french fries, cookies and pre-packed foods otherwise called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, double the risk of developing macular degeneration. By consuming small amounts of foods rich in linoleic acid, and having two or more servings of fish packed with healthy oils per week, we could dramatically reduce the risk of this ailment.
Healthy fat in fish is actually the docosagexanoic acid. It possesses an amazing effect on the blood vessels that reach to the retina. Docosagexanoic acid is highly concentrated in your retina, and foods with high amounts of this healthy fat decrease the risk of macular degeneration.
The Tufts University in Boston conducted a study and involved over 4,000 people. Their results showed that those who indulged in foods like white rice, pasta and bread, run at a higher risk of developing diabetes and macular degeneration. What they also discovered was that about 20% of the patients could have prevented their condition by reducing their consumption of processed ‘goods.’
Garlic possesses the ability to affect the function of your platelets. Drugs with this role are known as blood thinners. Garlic does not thin blood, but it acts as an anticoagulant. Anticoagulants are agents that prevent blood clotting, and this could cause excessive and spontaneous bleeding. The best prevention of vision issues is regular eye check. Early detection is always the best prevention. That will help you prevent any significant loss of vision.
Garlic also does miracles for your cardiovascular health. It is a strong antioxidant so it can decrease triglycerides and total cholesterol (in numbers that would be 5-15%). Plaque buildups, which are held as responsible for clogged arteries, can be prevented by its antioxidant power prevents.
Blood pressure reduction
Garlic is also miraculous for your blood pressure. Allicin, a compound found in garlic, affects the function of angiotensin II, a tiny protein that contracts blood vessels.
According to all of this we can easily say that garlic is an all-purpose remedy, and it can definitely help you prevent macular degeneration. It is a natural remedy, so it does not cause any side effect that often occurs as a result of synthetic drugs.
Try to incorporate more garlic to keep your eyes healthy for longer. Add it wherever you like: to your soups, stews and salads and don’t forget: eating raw food always brings numerous health benefits!