If you are a woman, you especially know about the so called ‘woman’s intuition’. This goes for females knowing which foods their ‘bodies’ need. My wife does this all the time, so we men are ‘advised’ to take a listen to them when they seem to ‘crave’ certain foods. She naturally somehow gravitates to what she needs to eat ‘nutritionally’. Often, just before it’s too late and her health would begin to suffer.
For example, ‘All of a sudden one day’, my wife started ‘liking’ cashews. She is really funny about everything she eats. Very finicky. I’m OK with that because everyone has a right to be themselves, right? So, she never tried this kind of nut before. I couldn’t believe it. All of this just ‘out of the blue’.
She wears thick glasses so she needs to preserve her eyesight. Come to find out that cashews also have zeaxanthin in them. Black currants have something called anthocyanins [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17468073] which is also an antioxidant currently under study for eye health.
Again, all of a sudden one day, she also decided to begin making green smoothies! Spinach was something she put in it. I suggested we also put some kale in. I told her about black currants, too. She agreed.
There are two antioxidants which tend to strengthen the lens and retina in our eyes by absorbing the type of damaging light that can cause macular degeneration. The two plant foods with the highest lutein and zeaxanthin levels are spinach and kale [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23644932
Website Title Advances in pediatrics].
Now, we are both are drinking this green smoothie every day. I had my doubts about juicing and smoothies, because I had made both for years and didn’t feel they did any good. But, this was at a time I didn’t eat all plant based whole food.
Currently, I do believe smoothies can be a good supplement to ones health, depending upon the ingredients you choose. But, I don’t believe juicing alone is sufficient because it’s missing a very essential ingredient. The fiber.
Smoothies require the whole vegetable or fruit, so you end up getting it all. This is almost as good as chewing the food. But, sometimes I know we would simply rather drink it. Drinking something is so much easier and quicker.
Here’s the ingredients to our green eyesight smoothie…
- A big handful of organic spinach
- A handful of kale without the spline
- Squeeze in half a lemon
- Add two bananas
- And, half a cup of Strawberries
- One cup of pineapple
- Half a stick of celery
- Two tablespoons of Black currants
- Add the same amount of Cashews (we add sunflower and pumpkin seeds when out of cashews)
- Add enough water (or, 8 0z. of Japanese green tea we do for a much milder caffeine kick than coffee) to blend for about 15-30 seconds
I have heard you should receive vision improvements within three weeks to about a month, maybe somewhat longer. We will be keeping an ‘eye’ on it. I have to go take my DMV vision test very soon, so I hope it helps me pass the test without my glasses! Well soon see…
Update- before I published this post, I noticed something was brewing with our eyesight. We have the urge to take our glasses off and it seems easier focusing. I seem to be able to read and see a little better. I think what they say about this drink must have some truth to it… But, please let me know what you think!
1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17468073
Website Title Advances in pediatrics.
Article Title Anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich extracts: role in diabetes and eye function.
Date Accessed September 10, 2018
2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23644932
Website Title Advances in pediatrics.
Article Title Lutein + zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids for age-related macular degeneration: the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) randomized clinical trial.
Date Published May 15, 2013
Date Accessed September 09, 2018
Note- before you change your diet contact your doctor. If you have vision problems don’t try to cure it on your own by just drinking a green smoothie like ours. Be sure you see your eye health professional.