The Two Nutrients That Can Save Your Vision

Eyesight is probably the most important of all the special senses that we have. Losing eyesight or becoming blind can be traumatic for anyone affected by it. It can not only impair day to day activities but also take away our freedom. Not being able to see the sunrise, the graduation of your son from college, your grandchildren’s first smile are all valuable experiences that you miss out on. It is sad as well as scary. However, it is also a bitter reality with statistics showing over 12 million people in the U.S alone being affected by it. The leading cause of blindness is age-related macular degeneration or AMD. 

AMD affects the retina which is the innermost layer of the eye. Damage to the retinal tissues is irreplaceable resulting in permanent loss of vision. But the bright side is that this disease is preventable. Few simple measures on your part can save you a lifetime of misery and inconvenience.

It is as simple as popping 2 vitamins down your throat. The miracle nutrients that are known to prevent AMD along with many other benefits they have on the body are folic acid and vitamin B12. In fact, if you are not getting the required amount of these vitamins you put yourself at substantial risk for AMD. 2.5 % with vitamin B12 and 89% with folic acid.

Both vitamins have many beneficial effects on the body. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, found abundantly in green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli and lettuce, okra, asparagus fruits such as bananas, melons and lemons, beans, yeasts, meat such beef liver and kidney, orange and tomato juice. Deficiency of this vitamin can lead to anemia, the inability of the body to absorb nutrients and many other problems. It is used to treat diseases that cause a folic acid deficiency in the body like ulcerative colitis, alcoholism, kidney dialysis. Pregnant women are also given this vitamin to prevent miscarriage and neural tube defects. It is commonly used in combination with other B vitamins.

Vitamin B12 is one of the most popular vitamins. It is cheap, readily available and has numerous health benefits for the body. It helps produce DNA in the body, maintains energy levels, provides mental and emotional stability, prevents pernicious anemia and AMD. It is found in abundance in clams, oysters, mussels, caviar, beef, mutton, cheese, and eggs.

You can take these two vitamins that have multiple benefits for the body along with preventing AMD. After all, prevention is better than cure!