Anyone who was a fan of cartoons growing up understands the connection between eating your vegetables and improving your health. Spinach makes you freakishly strong, and carrots improve your eyesight; “sailors” and “rabbits” are experts in these two foods! What many of us don’t realize is that these cartoons base their premises on reality, and the right foods can really be beneficial to good eye care. Below, you will find a list of the top foods you should be eating to take care of your vision. Remember, you only get one pair of eyes—it’s important you treat them right!
People who eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants, such as the ones found in dark leafy greens (lutein and zeaxanthin), have less chance of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. Spinach, kale, and collards are good examples of this type of food; broccoli, peas, and avocados fall under this category as well.
While experts have been somewhat wishy washy about the health benefits of eating eggs, no one disagrees that the yolks in eggs are high in antioxidants. In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, egg yolks are also high in zinc. Nuts, beans, and other non-meat proteins fall into this category as well.
Citrus and Berries
Vitamin C is especially good in battling cataracts and macular degeneration. Berries that are high in Vitamin C (cranberries for one) and any citrus fruits can help.
Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and trout are all fish high in DHA, a fatty acid that actually develops naturally in the retina. If you eat any of the listed fish, you can reduce your risk of developing dry eye syndrome, cataracts, or macular degeneration.
Foods that have a low glycemic index, such as brown rice, oats, quinoa, and whole wheat breads and pastas contain Vitamin E, zinc, and niacin, vitamins and minerals that focus on the health of all parts of your eyes.
Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
This is where carrots come in, but don’t stop there; eating a diet that is filled with a variety of different colors ensures your intake of Vitamin A and C. Carrots, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, corn, and cantaloupe aren’t just delicious, they help you avoid the risk of developing many of the top eye diseases!
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These are just a few of the health benefits of eating for your eyes. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosa Optometry today and start your journey to better eye health!