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Healthy Vision: Preserve and Protect It
By Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science Officer

Do you cherish your eyesight? Many of us go through our days without ever giving it a second thought. We take it for granted, until we begin to notice signs that we are losing our vision. Today, 10 million Americans are blind or are facing blindness from macular degeneration. It is the most common cause of blindness in North America.

Vision Loss is Relentless
Doctors call the early stages of macular degeneration low vision. This means that we perceive less and less of what is in our visual field. It may start as difficulty reading small print; then we may find it hard to read any print. At first, the glare from headlights may make driving a challenge. Then night driving becomes impossible.

Early on, brighter light and stronger glasses may take away the blurriness. But eventually, nothing can overcome the growing darkness in your central vision, and even the faces of the people you love may become indistinguishable.

Strategies for Protecting Your Eyesight
Vision loss is an epidemic. And with the growing number of Baby Boomers turning 55 every year, the diagnosis of macular degeneration is exploding. So what can you do? What strategies will help you keep your precious eyesight as long as possible?

The good news is that for many people, macular degeneration may be totally preventable. Here are some tips for protecting your vision:

Avoid Sugar: Foods that are high in sugars or have a high rating on the glycemic index can add to the total amount of sugar in your bloodstream. These excess sugars cook in your body and caramelize in your eyes, a reason why people with uncontrolled diabetes face blindness.
Keep Your Cholesterol Balanced: High cholesterol is associated with atherosclerosis, which in turn can cause vision loss.
Eat a Healthy Diet: Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidants is essential for good vision. Children should eat five servings of fruit and vegetables daily; women should eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables daily and men should eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day to protect their health and their eyesight. Colorful vegetables and a variety of berries, especially blueberries, can provide you with a variety of antioxidants that are needed to preserve and protect the health of your eyes.
If You Smoke, Stop: Smoking is strongly linked to blindness from several causes, in addition to being the most preventable cause of death.

Start today. Do whatever it takes to preserve and protect your eyesight. Your future and your freedom depend on healthy vision!

Take Control of Your Health

Supplement an antioxidant-rich diet with vision-specific nutrients such as bilberry, schizandra, ginkgo, lutein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, taurine, zeaxanthin, selenium, copper, quercitin, and alpha lipoic acid. Many of these nutrients can be found in TriVitas VisionGuard.

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