Here’s an inspiring story of a 48-year old woman who successfully improved her vision by adopting a raw food lifestyle.
When 48-year-old Melanie Dale was going on her fourth pair of glasses in nine years, she was bothered by the frequency with which she needed stronger prescriptions. Additionally, she was barely able to read the phone book, and she was putting off ophthalmologist appointments due to lack of insurance. Clearly, her frustrations were mounting fast.
It wasn’t until a friend of the family sang the praises of an 85% raw diet that Melanie’s life began to turn around dramatically. She purchased books like Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life and 12 Steps to Raw Food and started eating a lot of salads, fruits and green smoothies. Within three weeks, she noticed she was “no longer straining to read words on the page.” After almost a decade of struggling to read fine print, she was now able to read the phone book.
Better eyesight thanks to raw food lifestyle
According to Raw Food Diet Magazine, “Raw foods actually helps your body reap the most of what you eat, adding more nutrition, and helping you to see better.” Yellow and orange vegetables, with their high beta-carotene content, help improve daytime vision, while fruits with anthocyanins, like blueberries and blackberries, help those with nighttime vision problems.
“After a couple more weeks,” Dale says, “I dug out my old glasses that had a milder prescription. And now, 8 months after we dramatically changed our diet, I have taken my glasses off. I use them only for reading and driving.”
In addition to vast improvement in her vision, she’s also reaping the benefits of more energy, improved sleep and better skin. “We are in this for life,” she says, “and I can hardly wait for further changes to emerge! But even if it were only about eyesight, I’d do it all for the benefit of ‘new eyes.'”
According to the American Foundation for the Blind, a 2011 National Health Interview survey showed that about 21.2 million adult Americans 18 and older were experiencing vision loss. A Tufts University study of 1,802 women 50 to 79 years old found that people who ate foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, such as kale and turnip greens, were 23% less likely to develop cataracts.