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The Best Nutrition for Eye Health?

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The Best Nutrition for Eye Health?

The Best Nutrition for Eye Health?

Everyone knows that eating carrots is good for the eyes. Heck, we’ve all heard that from the time we can speak. Yet what about other food items? What else can increase the quality of our vision and head off eye-related health issues? Below is a list of six key food items that can do just that, and, of course, carrots are indeed on the list!
 

Carrots and Other Orange Fruits and Vegetables

It is quite true that carrots and other orange-colored fruits and veggies serve to promote eye health and protect vision. The type of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, is what gives these foods their orange color and serves to aid the retina and other parts of the eye to function well.
 

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Everyone knows that carrots are good for your eyes. Yet so are other, orange-colored fruits and vegetables. It’s the beta-carotene that gives them all their orange color…and this element is your eyes’ best friend! Image Courtesy: stylecraze.com

 

Leafy Greens

Studies show that leafy greens are loaded with zeaxanthin—antioxidants that serve to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Bring on the salad!!!
 

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There are many reasons to enjoy a salad…and knowing that such leafy greens benefit the eyes just makes that list longer! Image Courtesy: fillyourplate.org

 

Citrus and Berries

Packed with vitamin C, these fruits have been shown to lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
 

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Like the other foods on this list, citrus fruits and berries are simply good for us. Yet these particular foods are truly great for your eyes due to their high, vitamin C content, which serves to lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Image Courtesy: lifehacker.com

 

Eggs

The yolk of an egg is an excellent source of zeaxanthin—plus zinc and lutein, which also serve to lower the risk of macular degeneration. This is a great reason to have an “eggy breakfast!”
 

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A great way to start the day, eggs contain zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which lowers the risk of macular degeneration. Image Courtesy: rosemaryfarm.com

 

Almonds

Packed with vitamin E, almonds slow macular degeneration research has shown. About an ounce (one handful) gets you your recommended daily dose of vitamin E. Almond on!!
 

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Almonds are beneficial in many ways to our body, but the eyes get a real boost due to the inclusion of vitamin E in their makeup (the vitamin E slows macular degeneration). Almonds, almonds! Image Courtesy: alibaba.com

 

Fatty Fish

Got dry eye syndrome or seek to prevent it? Fatty fish including the likes of tuna, salmon, steelhead, mackerel and anchovies are full of DHA, an eye-important fatty acid that is found in your retina. Low levels of DHA have been linked to dry eye syndrome, according to Dr. Jimmy Lee, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
 

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Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, steelhead, mackerel and anchovies are very good for the eyes due to their containment of DHA, which can reduce the development of dry eye syndrome. Image Courtesy: nytimes.com

 

So, there are many foods to consider for eye health beyond carrots. How about this for dinner sometime? Barbecued Salmon with and almond strawberry rub, green salad with hard boiled egg yolk crumble, ice water (water is good for the eyes) and a shot of carrot juice! Yum…and your eyes will like it too!
 
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