Eye Health Nutrients Also Aid the Brain
Double Benefit to Key Carotenoids
Lutein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs.
Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.
More from Natural Awakenings
The 3rd annual Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFAFest) will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 19, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event features a weekend of presentations, food samples and live cooking demos.
Anytime is a great time to clean and throw out old and no-longer-used stuff. Now is the time for a peaceful revolution and new beginnings. It is best to let the old patterns of our care go to make room for new and revolutionary ideas.
Dr. Amy Ha Truong is excited to be engaging with the many women who are conscious about their health and wellness. Dr. Truong and Pure Dental will co-host MetroEast Nutrition and Chiropractic's Ladies' Night Out and discuss holistic dental health. The event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on May 17, in Oakdale. Attendance is free; bring a friend or two.
Esogetic Holistic Medicine and Colorpuncture are forms of naturopathy that Peter Mandel began developing in the 1970s along with Biophysicist Fritz-Albert Popp, Ph.D., and encompass knowledge from the wide range of natural health treatment systems, including acupuncture, chromotherapy and others, all rolled into one complete system.
Bent Paddle is turning five-years-old and will celebrate with an outdoor festival—a Festiversary party—at their brewery, from 2 to 8 p.m., on May 12, in Duluth.