In my most recent article for Anton Newspapers, I highlight a few nutritious foods that can help boost eye health! These foods are great to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. Here is a short excerpt from the article!
Carrots may be the best known food for eye health, but other foods may be even more important when it comes to keeping your eyesight in tip-top shape. May is Healthy Vision Month, a time to raise awareness about eye health and preventing vision loss. The most important thing you can do is get a regular eye exam with your eye doctor, but diet itself can play a role in keeping your eyes in good shape. Your eyes require special nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants to keep them functioning properly. Here are a few important foods to help boost eye health:
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Spinach, kale, and collard greens are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin; these are antioxidants that can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Other foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin include avocados, broccoli, and peas. Instead of iceberg lettuce or romaine, try spinach or mixed dark leafy greens for your salad at lunch. Incorporate broccoli as a side for dinner, and enjoy a portion-controlled side of guacamole during the week.
This vegetable is a good source of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Other foods high in vitamin A include deep orange foods such as carrots and butternut squash. These foods can help prevent dry eyes and night blindness. Opt for a sweet potato with dinner, and add some shredded carrots to your lunch salad.
Cold-water fishes such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This can help protect against cataracts, macular degeneration, and dry eyes. Try tuna salad for lunch, and salmon once or twice a week for dinner. Order fish when dining out for an omega-3 boost as well. If you don’t eat fish, other vegetarian foods that are high in omega-3s include...
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