There’s a solid compilation of research showing a clear-cut relationship between food and health. Further evidence reinforces the notion that vitamins and minerals in various foods not only fuel your body, but also protect vision for the long term.
Doctors believe eating a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables, low in saturated fats and sugar, along with vitamins, are among the best things you can do for your eyes. Sufficient intake of minerals zinc and selenium help protect the retina, (the light sensitive part of the back of the eye). Some fatty acids are necessary to ensure adequate moisture in your eyes.
Some of the foods that can boost eye health include:
- While eating carrots won’t make you see better than you already do, there is truth in the idea that they can help protect vision due to their rich amount of vitamin A. There have been several studies indicating vitamin A, along with vitamins C and E, also help to reduce the impact of both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Superfoods spinach, kale, and other dark green, leafy vegetables are filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, and lutein and zeaxanthin. Antioxidants like these act like a natural sunscreen for your eyes and protect them from harmful UV rays.
- Blueberries are packed with antioxidants but may also help reduce the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions because they’re high in the soluble fiber pectin, which can help lower cholesterol.
- Foods rich in omega-3s, like salmon, can help protect the tiny blood vessels in the eyes.
It’s important not to take your eyes for granted and adding some of these important nutrients to your diet can help keep your peepers healthy. It’s also critical to have your eyes checked regularly to catch any concerns or issues before they become bigger problems.
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