Our eye health is something that is often regulated to contacts or glasses, but how about keeping them healthy now so you won’t need lenses later. Everyone has probably heard about how eating carrots and other orange-colored fruits and veggies are beneficial to your eyes. It’s true, the beta-carotene, (a type of vitamin A) found in these fruits and veggies help your eye function properly. There are five other types of food you should consume to keep your peepers looking great, well into your formative years.
It’s not just orange colored veggies you should be consuming, it’s a wide variety of healthy foods. Try packing some leafy greens into your daily caloric intake, not just for your eyes, for your overall health. These bad boys are packed with antioxidants like lutein that helps lower the risk of degenerative diseases and cataracts. Simply eating some leafy greens can help keep your eyes younger longer.
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore, now you can eat them to keep glasses OFF your face. The yolk is where all the good stuff for your eyes comes from. It’s packed with the same antioxidants found in leafy greens. A combination of the two will make for a power packed breakfast omelet.
Citrus and Berries
Vitamin C is always good for your body, but did you know it also helps reduce macular degeneration. Eating these citrus fruits and berries will keep your eyes cataract free well into your older years. It’s recommended that you eat a few citrus fruits or berries each day.
Almonds are the healthiest nuts and these tasty little nuggets also pack enough vitamin E to keep your eyes healthy. Vitamin E also helps your eyes from getting cataracts and macular degeneration. A small handful of almonds will get half your daily requirements of vitamin E into your system.
We already knew that fatty fish were actually good for us, even know we have been told that fat is bad for years. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are great for your body and eyes. The real star here, however, is the DHA, a fatty acid that is naturally found in your retina. Replenishing this rare fatty acid is essential to reducing dry eyes and all the medical issues related to dry eye.
Try eating fish like salmon, tuna, anchovies, mackerel and trout to get all the fatty acids your body needs.
Now that you know what needs to be done for you to have proper eye health, we expect you to make some conscious changes to your diet. It’s time to stop neglecting our eye’s health and quit relying on glasses and corrective lenses. Eating these five foods will solve not all eye problems but they will help strengthen our eyes.
Take it from me, a guy who wears glasses, I wish I knew about this stuff 15 years ago, because I would be chomping down on carrots the whole time.