We often forget that what we eat directly contributes to our overall health. The foods you choose can impact your eyesight as much as your waistline. Not only that, but the vitamins and minerals you eat may lower your risk of developing diseases like age-related macular degeneration.
Some websites and television personalities have “the one secret that doctors aren’t telling you about.” We believe that proper nutrition is not a secret, and should be shared as often as possible. We have assembled a number of our favorite foods and supplements that have specific benefits for your eyes.
When it comes to foods, we are really talking about vitamins. You can take a multivitamin each day to help support your entire system, but we feel that it is best to get as many as possible from the foods you eat.
Vitamin A has been shown to protect your eyes from dry eye symptoms and night blindness. You can find lots in beef liver, but if that rolls your stomach try other vegetables. Carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach are all great sources. Outside of the produce department, you can find it in butter and eggs.
More than just delicious oranges, vitamin C may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. It is also prevalent in fruits like strawberries, cantaloupe, and mangoes. Less obvious food choices are kale, broccoli, and bell peppers. One orange pepper contains 160% of your daily intake!
This sunny vitamin aids in reducing the risk of macular degeneration. You can find it in fortified orange juice (check the label), egg yolks, and some dairy products like cheese. Its most rich in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
Known well for its healing properties, vitamin E may reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. You can find it in a variety of nuts like almonds and sunflower seeds, or in vegetables like squash, sweet potato, spinach, and avocado.
Many vitamin makers have created supplement blends just for eye health. Not only will they include the vitamins listed above, they will have a mix of nutrients and minerals. They should contain nutrients like beta-carotene, flavonoids, and omega-3 fatty acids. Check that they also have minerals such as zinc, lutein, selenium, and zeaxanthin to be effective.
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