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Eye Care through Ayurveda

“Food and Eye Care.........”

Food and Eye Care Ayurveda greatly emphasizes the consumption of wholesome diet (pathya), the rules and principles governing for dieting(ahara vidhi) Ahara is the first upasthamba( sub pillar) which supports the pillars of life i.e. Vatha Pitta and Kapha, therefore ‘Sadrasa Sampanna’ (the complete food) is advised for the total nourishment of the body as ‘Sadrasa Sampanna’ food is the well balanced state of Panchamahabhoota, so when consumed maintains the equilibrium status of the tri-pillars of life thus normal health and so also normal vision is maintained.

Ayurvedic scholars strongly recommend the consumption of foods beneficial for eye by their repeated observation. They are enlisted below.

Cereals: shali (Red rice-Oryza sativa), Wheat (Triticum vulgare), Barley, Kodrava (Paspalum scrobiculatum).

Pulses: Mudga (Green gram – Phaseolus mungo), Soya bean (Glycinemax). These preparations to be added with Rock salt to normalize the vata dosha vitiation.

Vegetables: Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Jeevanthi(Leptadenia reticulate), Spinach, Momordica, Carrot, Solanum, Coriander, Bathua (Chenopodium album), Agasthi flower (Sesbania grandiflora), Matsyakshi flower (Alternanthera sessilis), Drum stick (Moringa oleifera), Unriped banana and radish.

Fruits: Mango ( Mangnifera indica), Draksha (Vitis vinifera), Jambeera (Citrus Medica), Orange, Guava, Papaya, Apple, Pomegranate

Fat: Animal fat – Cow’s and Buffalo’s ghee, Old preserved ghee is said to be excellent for eyes.

Oil: Sarshapa taila, Narikela taila, Sesamum oil.

Meat: Flesh of Goat, Deer, Sparrow, Godha (wild Lizard), and Rohitha fish.

Milk: Mothers milk is best, other choices are milk of Cow, Goat and Elephant.

Sweetening agents: Honey, Jaaggery and candy sugar

Antioxidants in Eye Care

Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds that can protect the body from harmful free radicals, sweeping them up, before they can cause damage.
Many experts believe free radicals damage is one of the most prominent causes of devastating disease such as ocular degenerative disorders, heart disease, cancer and many. Indeed, the aging process itself is the result of free radical damage. Eye disease is no exception. Research suggests that certain antioxidants can reduce the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and more.

Green leafy vegetables in Eye Care

Green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin A, C & E (Antioxidants) and many are good source of iron, Calcium and other micronutrients as well. Blue region of the visible light is the most damaging wavelengths of light to which the retina is routinely exposed, that may cause damage to macula, which creates the sharpest vision. Antioxidants rich in the green leafy vegetables are recognized as a key factor in maintaining the health of the macula.
Vitamin A and Eyesight
The photosensitive compound in the retina is a protein called ‘Rhodopsin’ to which vitamin A is present. This complex plays the important role in light perception and thus in the vision Vitamin A aids in maintaining good night vision and day to day vision.
The earliest symptoms of vitamin A deficiency are xerosis, bitot’s spot, night blindness, keratomalacia etc.
Vitamin A rich sources
Animal Products: Milk, ghee, cheese, liver, meat, fish, egg-yolk, etc
Plant Products: Carrot, spinach, Amaranth, Agasthi, Fenugreek, Curry leaf, Drum Stick, Tomato, Pumpkin, Ripen Papaya, Mango etc