Have you ever asked yourself the question: What types of foods am I eating at home to help my eye health?
You’re not alone. But did you consider that eating healthy DOES have a significant effect on your ocular well being?
So what’s the biggest bang for your buck? Here’s our top 5:
TOP 5 FOODS FOR EYE HEALTH
Your vitamin C delivery system. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and you’ll need relatively high levels to maintain eye health. Antioxidants can help prevent or delay age related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Powerhouse of lutein and zeaxanthinin – shown in a large study to reduce the risk of cataracts by 23% in women when compared to women with diets low in the nutrient. Another 5 year long study appears to support these antioxidants helping to reduce cataracts.
Essential fatty acids and omega 3s are what you’ll get from cold freshwater fish. And a diet high in that can reduce the risk of developing eye disease later on in life.
Zinc to the rescue! A trace mineral that is found in high concentrations in the eye, zinc may help protect you from light damage to your eyeballs. Not into shellfish? Zinc can be found in legumes of all kinds (think beans) and peanuts.
Nuts, Legumes and Seeds
These were also mentioned in the zinc category…they pack a powerful health punch, and also contain omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Which help protect you from age related eye disease.
At the end of the day, eating a diet consisting of fresh, whole foods can help to deliver the nutrients that your body needs keeping you healthy and well. Want to know how else to keep your peepers healthy? Have you thought about the impact of aesthetics? Read our past blog post about it here.