If you take this vision-plus natural snack every day, in two weeks your vision will be back to 100%. Just kidding. Taking care of your eyes is not a project, it’s a lifestyle. And this extremely easy-home-made snack will help you all the way.
This vision-plus natural snack is superrich in vitamin A
Everyone knows that vitamin A is a key for good vision because it helps protect the surface of the eye (cornea) and when together with other antioxidants play a role in decreasing the risk of vision loss from muscular degeneration. Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eye where it combines with protein opsin to form rhodopsin – the light-absorbing molecule necessary for both low-light and color vision.
But in our body vitamin A has multiple functions. It takes part in many metabolic reactions throughout the body that help maintain not only good vision, but also gene transcription, embryonic development and reproduction, bone metabolism, skin and cellular health, and mucous membrane conditions. Vitamin A is important for strengthening the immune system because it functions as an antioxidant. Many studies indicate that vitamin A has been linked to reduced rates of cancer and heart disease. Vitamin A deficiency is “the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness,” according to UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund).
USEFUL TIP: Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. Eating containing vitamin A foods with healthy fats increases its absorption rate.
There are two types of vitamin A:
- the active form of vitamin A – retinol – that comes from animal products
- and several provitamin A carotenoids (most notably beta-carotene) that come from plant sources and are converted to vitamin A in the body
Vision-plus natural snack - one week supply
So, make this mix – one week supply – and take roughly a 1/3 cup (or a small handful) every day
Vision-plus natural snack ingredients:
- Goji Berries – 100g
- Dried Apricots – 100g
- Sundried Tomatoes – 454g (1lb)
Now, let’s consider why this vision-plus natural snack is good for you.
Science-based health benefits of vision-plus natural snack
Dried Goji Berries
- Mega-super rich in vitamin A – 536% DV – a powerful antioxidant, immunity booster, eye-health promoter, and anti-aging agent; goji berries are not rich in provitamin A, they are superrich – comparable with beef liver and more than chicken liver!
- Excellent in vitamin C – 48mg (81% DV) – a powerful antioxidant, immunity booster, and anti-aging agent
- Excellent in potassium – 1594mg (45%DV) – 4 times banana’s content!
- Excellent in iron – 7mg (38% DV) – goji berries are packed with iron which improves haemoglobin and red blood cells production
- Sodium – 298mg (13% DV)
- Betaine – liver and kidney health promoter; a compound used by the liver to produce choline that helps expel toxins and waste from the body.
A 100-gram serving contains: calories – 349, total carbohydrate – 77g, including 46g of sugar and 13g of dietary fiber (52% DV), proteins – 14g (28% DV) that have all 9 essential amino acids
- Excellent in vitamin A – 72% DV
- Sugar: One ounce of dried apricots has 15g of sugar that provide 90% of the calories
- Potassium: Dried apricots are rich in potassium (1162mg/100g – 33%DV) – almost 4 times more than bananas! A low sodium content makes them a good choice for those with high blood pressure.
- Iron: They are rich in iron which is a core component of hemoglobin that delivers oxygen to every cell in the body. It is the nutrient that keeps us energized.
- A low glycemic index makes dried apricots health-beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
- One ounce (28g) of dried apricots is about 1/4 cup, or 8 halves of the dried fruit. It supplies 67 calories, 17g of total carbohydrates, 1g of protein and trace fat.
- Excellent in vitamin A – 38% DV
- Super rich in vitamin C – 102mg (169% DV) – as rich in vitamin C as oranges!
- Super rich in lycopene: Sundried tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene that has important health benefits. Sun drying increases the concentration of bioavailable lycopene: they contain up to 4 times more content of bioavailable lycopene compared to raw tomatoes. According to Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, lycopene-rich tomatoes reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 21% to 43%. A number of studies suggested that erectile dysfunction could be cured with lycopene. Lycopene has been shown to help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow to the penis.
- Great in vitamin B6 – 3mg (20% DV)
- Excellent in potassium – 1565mg (44% DV)
- Good in iron – 3mg (15% DV)
- Sodium – 266mg (11% DV)
A 100-gram serving contains: calories – 213, total fat – 14g (21% DV), total carbohydrate – 23g, including 6g of dietary fiber (24% DV), and protein – 5g (10% DV)
- Values and percentages are based on the USDA Nutrient Database https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list
- Percent Daily Value (%DV) is a guide to the nutrients in one serving of food. For example, 40% for protein means that one serving provides 40% of the protein you need each day. It helps you make informed food choices. DVs are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults.