We’ve written countless articles on why we need fruits and veggies – for heart health, asthma and even improving libido.
Now we can add to that list “eye health” – something that’s so often
taken for granted when we’re young. But, don’t assume your vision will
keep getting worse as you age and that there’s nothing you can do about
it. You can do something about it and here are Samir Becic and Health Fitness Revolution‘s Top Foods for Eye Health:
- Carrots: help your eyes by supplying beta-carotene, which strengthens night vision.
- Leafy Greens: Kale and spinach in particular are
packed with more than 20 milligrams (in just one cup!) of lutein and
zeaxanthin—two nutrients that do wonders for your eyes. These nutrients
have been shown to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration
- A Breakfast of Eggs and Orange Juice: Both contain
almost as much lutein and zeaxanthin as leafy greens, which makes them a
good alternative if you’re not a fan of greens!
- Citrus Juice: This includes grapefruit juice and
orange juice because of their high levels of vitamin C which is not only
great for your immune system juggernaut, but it’s also been shown to
help minimize the risk of cataracts and age-related macular
- Nuts and Seeds: Vitamin E protects the cells in our
eyes from free radicals and slows the progression of cataracts and
age-related macular generation. Eat just one ounce of sunflower seeds or
almonds, and you’ll earn more than a third of the daily value of
vitamin E. Love peanut butter? It’s a great source of Vitamin E and
- Oily Fish: Like salmon, mackerel, and anchovies.
These types of fish are high in essential fatty acids- good for your
entire body, including your eyes, by helping with visual development,
retinal function, and possibly protecting against dry eye.
- Oysters and Liver: are both full of zinc, which if
we don’t consume enough of can lead to poor vision and cataracts. Other
good sources of zinc are fish, poultry, and black beans.