In this October addition of the Healthy Eyes Report, Dr. Buensuceso discusses what you can do to boost your cognitive functioning. As we get older our memory and overall cognitive functions diminish. You will learn how lutein and zeaxanthin can not only help you with AMD but provide protection against cognitive loss.
With the holiday season approaching we have some hearty sweet potato meals. Sweet potatoes provide lots of health benefits that can improve your vision. We hope you enjoy these two great sweet potato recipes – Dijon Roasted Mini Sweet Potatoes and Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet both of which are yummy sweetness loaded with Carotenoids that can delay the progression AMD.
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In This Issue
- FROM THE DOCTOR: How Lutein and Zeaxanthin Can Help You Think Better
- NUTRITION: Why Sweet Potatoes Can Actually Help with AMD
How Lutein and Zeaxanthin Can Help You Think Better
Hi everyone! In this month’s e-newsletter, we’ll be talking about how lutein and zeaxanthin helps your memory, processing speed and overall cognitive function.
Traditionally, lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with the protection of the eye by acting as a shield against harmful radiation and preventing AMD. But, recent studies also show that it is very helpful in keeping your cognitive functions intact.
Studies with data from apes, children and older adults support the importance of lutein in brain health. Data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging stated that both lutein and zeaxanthin were associated with better performance in a wide range of cognitive performance.
Specifically, zeaxanthin was found to help with better processing speed. Both carotenoids out of all other carotenoids were predominantly found in the brain. They are important for brain development in babies and brain health in adults.
Also, greater concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin was found to increase cognitive performance. People with lower levels of lutein and zeaxanthin use more brain power and people with higher levels use less brain power to solve cognitive tasks.
So, with the supplementation of lutein and zeaxanthin, it might be possible to protect against decline of cognitive function and protect your brain throughout your lifespan.
With the growing concern of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the later years of your life, this might be an excellent way to not only protect your vision from AMD but also help protect against cognitive decline.
Maxivision’s brand of supplements contains 2x the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin recommended in the AREDS II study so that you have more than enough to protect your vision as well as your cognitive function.
In next month’s e-newsletter, we will be talking about how cataracts along with AMD damage your vision and what you can do to help prevent both. So, if you were ever concerned about this and how to prevent it from affecting your vision, stay tuned to the next month’s issue. You don’t want to miss it!
Why Sweet Potatoes Can Actually Help with AMD
Sweet potatoes also known as yams are a sweet addition to any meal and has some surprising health benefits as well. Loaded with Carotenoids, sweet potatoes help improve night vision, reduce glare and helps delay the progression of AMD.
Sweet potatoes are very versatile. You can mash them up and serve them with a nice steak or combine them with your favorite vegetables. There are a ton of delicious dishes you can create by using this vegetable while protecting your eyesight.