Food for Eye Health Cedar Rapids IA

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Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market
(319) 398-0449
Greene Square Park, 3rd & 4th Ave SE at; 3rd & 2nd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-October June 6 & 20; July 18; August 1 & 15; September 5; October 3 Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Linn

Noelridge Farmers Market
(319) 286-5731
Corner of Collins Road & Council Street NE; Greenhouse parking lot
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Hiawatha Farmers Market
(319) 393-1515
Guthridge Park on 10th Avenue
Hiawatha, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
April-October Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Supernatural Organics
(319) 210-1390
Marion, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Abbe Hills Farm
(319) 895-6924
Mt Vernon, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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8th Avenue City Farmers Market
(319) 286-5731
Lot #44, 8th Avenue & 2nd St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Linn

Greene Square Market
(391) 286-5731
Greene Square Park, 3rd Ave & 5th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-August Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Marion Farmers Market
(319) 377-4846
East End Shopping Center, 2275 7th Avenue
Marion, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-September Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
County
Linn

Bass Farms
(319) 895-6480
Mt Vernon, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Mount Vernon Farmers Market
(319) 310-6299
Mt. Vernon Visitors Center, 311 1st Street W
Mount Vernon, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Thursday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

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Foods that Fight for Sight

Foods that Fight for Sight

Foods that Fight for Sight Jo Wehage : Head Operations Ego
Foods that Fight for Sight

Eyes are a funny thing. They may be windows to the soul, but for some of us they seem to need a cleaning more often than they used to. I’ve often heard people tell me their eyes seemed to start weakening all at once. My sister told me her vision seemed to jump off a cliff on her 40th birthday. Fuzzy text, squinting, needing longer arms to see fine print may seem an inevitable sign of aging, but does it have to be this way? 

Women at Higher Risk
According to a Harvard study, women now account for two-thirds of all vision-impaired or blind people worldwide. While all of us suffer from a barrage of different attacks on our eyes; genetics, continued strain, poor nutrition, effects from the environment and cigarette smoke, etc., women have the added impact of hormones!

That’s right – add one more item to the perks of fluctuating hormones. According to James V. Aquavella, M.D. fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels can have a negative impact on your site.

So while you’re waiting for the advice of a qualified ophthalmologist, let’s take a look at some powerful compounds that help keep those peepers in tip top shape.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin
These two compounds are found in large amounts in the lens and retina of our eyes. Here they function as antioxidants to potentially help protect our eyes from damage caused by free radicals, which can interact with and break down healthy tissue.

Lutein and zeaxanthin may also help to protect our eyes by filtering high-energy blue light. By filtering blue light, the pigment protects underlying cell layers from potential light damage.

Studies show that a diet that has sufficient amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin from fruits and vegetables could help protect our eyes from damage in different ways, such as potentially helping prevent common eye diseases of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers contain both lutein and zeaxanthin. Bell peppers also have an added protective effect against cataracts, due to their vitamin C and beta-carotene content.

Try adding them to salads and use then as a chip next time you go for a dip or hummus snack item.

Spinach
Listed near the top of the desired lutein and zeaxanthin-rich foods is the tried and true spinach. Overcooked and canned spinach can loose as much as 80% of their nutrients, so try it fresh or “quick boiled” for one minute.

Quick boiled for one minute (uncovered) is what WorldsHealthiestFoods.com suggests because it imparts a tender flavor and its cooked just long enough to soften its cellulose fibers making it easier to digest and allowing the nutrients to be more bioavailable to your cells.

Try the quick boiled spinach with tomatoes and a nice Mediterranean dressing (or make your own with 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 clove garlic and salt & pepper to taste). Another option; top with soy sauc...

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