Healthy Foods for Your Eyes
Do you eat foods that look delicious to the eye or food that is good for your eyes? Eating healthy food is the key to reducing the risk of developing eye diseases, making nutrition and eye health go hand-in-hand. Check out a feast for your eyes that includes the top foods that will help promote good eye health!
Leafy Greens: Help See The Light
Leafy greens are a good source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which is related to beta carotene and vitamin A, which may help protect eye tissues from sunlight damage and reduce the risk of aging. Dark leafy vegetables include kale, turnip greens, spinach, collard greens, or broccoli.
Strawberries: Loaded with Vitamin C to Help You “C” Better
Strawberries are a favorite fruit, and during this summer, the crops are the best. Strawberries are good for your eyes and contain plenty of vitamin C. This antioxidant may help lower your risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Also, other fruits that have plenty of vitamin C to enjoy, like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, have plenty of vitamin C to add variety to your favorite dishes.
Sweet Potatoes: Beautiful Color Added To Your Plate
Beta-carotene gives this vegetable its orange color. Our body converts beta-carotene to Vitamin A, a nutrient that helps prevent night blindness and dry eyes. If you do not like sweet potatoes, other deep orange vegetables such as butternut squash and carrots to brighten your dinner plate. The staple refrigerator items such as milk and eggs are also excellent sources of Vitamin A.
Healthy Fats: Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for brain function and a healthy immune system. Also, research shows that these healthy fats help with visual development and retinal function. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is an incredible benefit to eye health. Include salmon or other types of fatty fish at least two to three times per week to reap the great benefits of the fish nutrients for your eye health. Also, add a healthy snack such as walnuts or chia seeds which contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E to help promote healthy eyes.
Be Proactive About Your Eye Health
Eating eye-healthy foods is just one aspect of good eye health. Eye problems can happen for various reasons, but your eye doctor can detect problems in the early stages and guide you to ensure the correct treatment. We love helping our patients maintain good eye health for life!
References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided within this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.