Everyone wishes to lose some weight, feel young and reduce blood pressure level. As the old saying goes “You’re what you eat”, it’s much truer when health is concerned. But, have you ever considered going on a diet for the eyes?
In the nutrition world, maintaining good health by burning unwanted cholesterol and losing some weight is prioritised due to which we least consider the eyesight. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any impact of diet and all such activities on the eyes in-fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Eyes are among the most delicate organs of the body which requires a mix of essential nutrients for optimal function. Although research is being progressed, vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in keeping the eyes and eyesight healthy. Here’s all you need to know!
Vitamin B12 – The basics
Since human body is incapable to produce vitamin B12 naturally, it’s acquired from external sources such as animal meat. Seafood is considered an excellent source as well as dairy products such as eggs and milk. Shellfish is abundant in vitamin B12 which is why it’s the first of the seafood diet to consider.
For the vegans, getting just the sufficient amount of B12 as required by the body can be difficult but certain cereals, health bars and yeast are good sources. Still, the actual amount that’s required by the body mightn’t be enough for a healthy body and eyes which is why one must always consult an expert eye specialist in Dubai if the purpose of consumption is directly associated to eyesight.
Impact on the vision
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is perhaps the most emerging problems among the older individuals which is due to development of deposits at the back of the eye or even abnormal blood vessel growth. In both cases, patient lose significant amount of central vision and where prevention is the best way to stop progression of the disease, diagnosis isn’t always easy unless the onset has advanced.
The only known prevention is through healthy diet and a study back in 2009 concluded that a vitamin concoction of B6, B12 and folic acid significantly reduces development of AMD among the females as much as 34% and stops various other vision related diseases to about 41%.
Deficiency of the vitamin may cause optic neuropathy and though a rare phenomenon, threat possibility is considerable. Since the optic nerve transmit signal to the brain from the eyes, even the slightest imbalance can result in significant vision loss. Nerves and optical arteries may become brittle due to vitamin B12 deficiency which eventually decreases the central vision.
Vitamin B12 & you
Younger readers have diverse diet which makes it necessary for sufficient level of vitamin B12 intake without any supplement or artificial source. That said; people at or above the age of 50 should be extra careful. Other than animal sources, pills/tablets, liquids, sub-lingual supplements and even vaccinations are there for essential supply of vitamin B12 but it’s better if all such sources are avoided as much as possible. Prefer natural diet or as recommended by your eye specialist in Dubai.