Foods That Support Healthy Eyesight
One of the best things you can do for your eye health is to eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. Research shows that the nutrients in healthy foods can help protect your vision as you age.
Vitamins A, C, and E are powerful antioxidants that help protect against oxidative stress, which can damage vision over time. Minerals like zinc and selenium help protect the retina, the light-sensitive part on the back of the eye. Omega fatty acids help moisturize the eyes and keep inflammation in check. Antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin are also crucial for healthy eyesight.
Here are some healthy foods that support your eye health:
Bell Peppers: Just one cup of bell peppers provides 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C. Bell peppers are fat-free, low-calorie, and contain 3 grams of fiber per cup.
Carrots: Carrots contain a ton of vitamin A which, along with vitamins C and E, can help reduce the impact of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Spinach, Kale, And Other Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables: Spinach is full of vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin3. These antioxidants help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Blueberries: Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and may help to reduce your risk of cataracts and glaucoma. They're also high in the soluble fiber pectin, which can help lower cholesterol.
Sweet Potatoes: Like carrots, sweet potatoes are full of beta carotene. The human body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol). We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucus membranes, immune function, and eye health1.
Wild Salmon: Studies show that eating foods rich in omega-3s can help protect tiny blood vessels in the eyes. Several studies suggest omega-3 fatty acids may help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome4. Essential fatty acids also may help proper drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye, decreasing the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds contain more omega 3s than flax seeds or salmon, more calcium than a glass of milk, and more antioxidants than blueberries.
Along with a healthy diet, you can support your long-term eye health with NATURELO's AREDS 2 Eye Health Vitamins.
1. Vitamin A
4. Omega-3 for your eyes, August, 2012