You only get one pair of eyes. So take care of them today to prepare them for tomorrow by eating foods that are both nutritious and vitamin-rich. These super foods can reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, improve your sight and help you maintain good eye health. While carrots may be what you’re thinking, there are several other foods that are great for your eyes. To keep your eyesight in top shape, here are five foods you should add to your diet:
Your favorite breakfast food is more than just a great source of protein, it also contains lutein, a type of carotenoid responsible for fighting macular degeneration, the leading cause of legal blindness. While eggs do not contain as much lutein as leafy greens, our bodies are can absorb these antioxidants better from eggs. Crack one open and let the lutein hit the pan this week.
You may be thinking, “I don’t know this sounds fishy,” but the truth is seafood helps us see-food. Puns aside, Omega-3 fatty acids like the ones found in fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and herring, help maintain good retina health, reduce the risk of macular degeneration and decrease the chance of forming cataracts. Try to eat at least two servings of fatty fish weekly to maintain good eye health.
Citrus & Berries
Fruit is ‘berry’ good for your eyes. Berries and citrus contain antioxidants that can help reduce the risk for eyes diseases, macular degeneration and cataracts. Swap those sweet treats for more fruit.
Did you know leafy greens like kale, collards, turnips, romaine lettuce and spinach act like natural sunglasses that protect you from ultraviolet rays? Leafy greens contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids that help improve vision and decrease the risk of macular degeneration. Add one of these leafy greens to your meals this week.
Nuts & Seeds
It may seem nuts but snacking on almonds, peanuts or sunflower seeds is good for your eyes. Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E which helps protect the cells in your eyes from free radicals and slows the progression of cataracts. Get nutty and eat a handful of nuts or seeds.
Premier Medical knows that maintaining a healthy lifestyle benefits you from the inside out. Add these vitamin rich foods to your diet and to keep seeing the world in all its splendor.
If you’re experiencing any changes in vision, make an appointment today.