Food for Eye Health Waterville ME

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Downtown Waterville Farmers' Market
680-2055
Waterville, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Thursday
County
Kennebec

Fairfield Farmers Market
(207) 948-5724
81 81 Main Street (Rte 201); Nazarene Church parking lot
Fairfield, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Wednesday, 2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. Saturday, 9:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.
County
Somerset

Belgrade Lakes Farmers' Market
(207) 465-7058
Across from the Village Inn in Belgrade Lakes Village
Belgrade, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Sunday
County
Kennebec

Augusta Farmers Market
(207) 549-5112
Turnpike Mall, Western Avenue; At the intersections of Whitten Road and Wes
Augusta, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Wednesday & Saturday, 9:00a.m. - 12:00noon
County
Kennebec

Pagett Farm
(207) 993-2500
Palermo, ME
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Betsy's Farm
(207) 649-1843
Winslow, ME
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Clinton Community Farm and Flea Market
(207) 426-9651
Sebasticook River Access Park On Main Street (Rt. 100); across from Galusha
Clinton, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Tues, Sat
County
Kennebec

Heritage Hill Farm
(207) 495-8835
Belgrade, ME
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Farmers' Market At Mill Park
(207) 626-2305
1 North Water St.; Old Edwards Mills site
Augusta, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Tuesday
County
Kennebec

Unity Market Day Farmers Market
568-3043 or 948-9005
Unity Community Center; Route 139, School Street
Unity, ME
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Saturday, 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
County
Waldo

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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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