Diet & Eye Health
Healthy Eating for Healthy Eyes
We all know that eating certain foods are good for staying fit and healthy, but some of these same foods have very important benefits when it comes to eye health. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E can help reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.
Here are a few foods you should focus on the next time you're at the grocery store:
Carrots and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables – Full of beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, they help the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly.
Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards – They're packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that help lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
Eggs – The yolk is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk.
Oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies, and trout – Rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina - low levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome.
Citrus and berries – These fruits are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
Almonds – They're filled with vitamin E, which helps slow macular degeneration. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.
Make sure to check out these eye-healthy recipes!
Below are a few delicious, eye-healthy recipe ideas that will help inspire your next dinner: