In this modern world and age our eyes are constantly under pressure. We spend all our days and nights staring into computer screens, mobile phones and TVs which strains our eyes and causes difficulties and eye problems. The situation worsens as we grow older and our sight gradually diminishes. Still, eye problems don’t necessarily have to be an inevitable process and there are a few tips and trick which can help you keep your eyes healthy and sharp. One ingredient has proven especially beneficial when it comes to vision and eye health, and we know that it has a long list of other benefits.
Garlic is the most potent natural “antibiotic” which is used for everything from cold sores and sore throat to cancer treatments. It is an inevitable part of cuisines around the world for its unique scent and aroma, especially in countries like India.
Dr Joanna Seddon of the Harvard Medical School discovered that a high-fat diet may be associated with an increased risk of developing wet AMD, after analysing the diet and health of over 800 patients with and without wet AMD. High intake of vegetable, monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats commonly found in snack foods such as potato chips, french fries, cakes, biscuits and commercially prepared pies, was associated with a twofold-increased risk of developing wet AMD, according to Dr Seddon’s study. High intake of linoleic acid, a fat also found in many snack foods, was associated with the greatest risk of developing wet AMD.
Moreover, the study revealed that the subject who ate smaller amounts of foods rich in linoleic acid but included two or more servings of fish a week had a decreased risk of developing this condition. Oily fish are rich in DHA which positively influences the blood vessels to the retina and the study concluded that DHA rich diet lowers the risk of eye-related diseases.
In a study of more than 4,000 people, researchers from Tufts University in Boston discovered that people who regularly eat high-glycaemic-load foods – white rice, pasta and bread – are more likely to develop AMD and diabetes. They estimated 20% of AMD cases could have been prevented had the patients eaten less processed foods.
In addition to its other benefits, garlic acts as an anticoagulant, which means that it has the ability to prevent blood from clotting and stop excessive bleeding after an injury.
Garlic offers incredible cardiovascular benefits. The antioxidant properties of Garlic lower triglyceride levels and total cholesterol from 5 to 15%. They also prevent oxidization of LDL (Low Density Lip Protein) thereby protecting against plaque build-up, which tends to clog the arteries.
Garlic for blood pressure reduction
Garlic will also stabilize your blood pressure and normalize it. It contains a compound called allicin, which interferes with the movement of a peptide called angiotensin II which is responsible for blood vessels contraction. Contracted vessels force blood flow through a narrowed space, thus increasing your blood pressure.
Garlic is an extremely beneficial natural remedy against a long list of diseases including wet AMD. If you want to take advantage of its health benefits, crush or press it before consumption. This will release more of its active ingredients and optimize its effects.