Juicing is a fantastic way to get a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet, especially if you normally don't eat enough of them every day. The concentrated nutrition in a serving of freshly squeezed juice can benefit your body in all sorts of way, including the health of your eyes. The following guide includes delicious juicing recipes that help fight debilitating eye diseases.

Juicing for Macular Degeneration

The U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, or NCBI, suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables containing lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Orange pepper topped the list of vegetables with the highest amount of zeaxanthin, but fruits and vegetables of all colors can be excellent sources of both nutrients.

These three recipes are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that fight macular degeneration. Keep in mind you should add harder fruits and vegetables to your electric juicer before the softer ones to avoid any clogging of pulp.

Orange Dream – One Serving

  • ½ Orange Pepper
  • 3 Carrots
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Apple

Eye Refresher – One Serving

  • Fistful of Spinach Leaves
  • ½ Orange Pepper
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Apples

Red Devil – One Serving

  • 1 Beet, greens removed
  • 2 Carrots
  • ½ Red Pepper
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 2 Apples

Juicing for Cataracts

According to the American Optometric Association, or AOA, studies show that higher intakes of vitamin C can reduce the risk of cataracts, as well as slow its progression. The AOA also indicates that lutein and zeaxanthin can significantly lower your risk of developing new cataracts.

Enjoy these three cataract-busting juice recipes. As mentioned above, remember to add harder fruits and vegetables to your juicer, first.

Eyeball Powerhouse – One Serving

  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Cup of Red Grapes
  • Fistful of Spinach Leaves
  • ½ Orange Pepper
  • 2 Celery Stalks

Tomato Delight – One Serving

  • 3 Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • ½ Green Pepper
  • ½ Cucumber
  • 2 Carrots

Afternoon Break – One Serving

  • Fistful of Kale
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 2 Carrots
  • ½ Red Pepper
  • 2 Apples

All six of these recipes contain fruits and vegetables that contain substantial amounts of antioxidants, bioflavonoids and other nutrients known to help protect eye health. If you're concerned about the health and condition of your eyes, add juices like these to your diet every day in addition to seeing your eye doctor for regular vision exams. 

For more information, contact Coffman Optical or a similar location.

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