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Best supplements for eyes: five vitamins and minerals to maintain sharp vision

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Best supplements for eyes: When it comes to looking after your eyes, certain nutrients have a particular affinity with eye health. Which vitamins and minerals, available in supplement form, can help boost vision?

Healthy eyes are maintained by eating a nutritious balanced diet, but certain vitamins and minerals have a particular affinity with eye health, express.co.uk wrote.
Boosting your food intake with these in-supplement form could increase your chances of maintaining sharp vision for as long as possible.

So, whether your eyesight is diminishing due to increasing age, you’re suffering from chronic eyestrain because of staring at a computer day after day, or you just want to keep your vision in check, we have listed five supplement suggestions to keep your vision tip-top.

 

Nutritionist for Water for Health, Rebecca Rychlik-Cunning, recommends the best supplements to boost vision.

Vitamin D

Ensuring you’re getting enough vitamin D is crucial for keeping your peepers goggle free, according to Rebecca.

She said: “It can help to reduce painful dry eye symptoms, and some research has demonstrated the ability of vitamin D to help improve vision and reduce inflammation of the retina.

“Many of us don’t get enough vitamin D, particularly in the winter, so it’s vital to supplement with a good quality vitamin D3 once summer is over.

Public Health England recommends adults and children over the age of one take a daily 10mcg dose of vitamin D.

“If you have any chronic health conditions that require medication, please speak to your doctor before changing your diet or taking supplements.”

Vitamins C, E and A

When it comes to clear vision, you will do well to find a supplement that contains these three powerful antioxidant vitamins.

Rebecca explained: “They work synergistically to keep your eyes healthy, maintain accurate vision and reduce the risk of AMD.

Vitamin C keeps the blood vessels in your eyes strong and helps to prevent cataracts.

“Vitamins C and E reduce oxidative stress and calm inflammation, while vitamins E and A can help your eyes to heal more quickly after laser eye surgery.

“Lack of vitamin A can mean a higher risk of Xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease, and it can also contribute to dry eye symptoms and affect night vision.”

Zinc

Zinc is crucial for preventing macular degeneration. It also helps to convert vitamin A from retinol to retinal, protecting against night blindness, plus it is super essential for nutrient absorption and waste removal, helping to keep inflammation and cellular damage at bay.

Rebecca added: “Our bodies don’t store zinc, so we need to ensure a regular intake to keep stocked up. Supplementing can be an effective way to do this, but don’t exceed the RNI of 9.5mg a day for adult males and 7mg a day for adult females as it can have adverse effects.”

Omega 3

Fish oils can improve irritating dry eye symptoms, and help to prevent retinal damage, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

Rebecca recommends Unocardio Active mind and vision, which has been specially formulated for those of you working long hours at the computer, and while protecting your eyes, it boosts your brain power too, she said.

She added: “Regardless of whether you’re chained to a laptop or not, research has proved that DHA, a fatty acid found in fish oils, is a winner when it comes to providing the ultimate eye protection. It also contains vitamins B9, B12 and folate which can ward off age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

“Added bonus — if you’re not a lover of fishy flavors, this supplement is the one for you as it comes with a tasty orange tang.”

Lutein

Rebecca said this antioxidant-rich phytonutrient is abundant in the tissues of the eyes, helping to defend against cataracts and the significant loss of vision associated with AMD.

She advised: “If you’re concerned about your eyesight, supplementing with this carotenoid could offer you some protection. You’ll also find it in dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, squash, pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peas, and egg yolks.”


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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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By Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal

healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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