Superfood For Your Eyes

Superfood for your eyes can give you powers. Have you heard the legend, that eating carrots will give you night vision? That is actually British propaganda from World War II. The myth was to deter their enemies from learning about their radar technology. They claimed their pilots got night vision from eating carrots. But, even though you don't get night vision, eating carrots and other foods can help your eyes stay healthy.
Superfood For Your Eyes, Optical News

Citrust Fruits and Nuts

Vitamins C and E contain antioxidants that help you stay healthy and are considered superfood for your eyes. In fact, Vitamin C can lower your risk of developing cataracts and even slow down age-related macular degeneration. Also, Vitamin C is in many food sources like oranges, grapefruits and lemons. Vitamin E protects you from molecules, known as “free radicals”. Free radicals disrupt healthy tissue, so make sure to include Vitamin E in your diet. You can find Vitamin E in many food sources like nuts, sweet potatoes, spinach and more.

Eggs and Leafy Greens

Eggs are a popular option for breakfast, but did you know they can play an important role in eye health. Egg yolk contain Vitamin A, Lutein, Zinc, and Zeaxanthin. Studies show that Zeaxanthin and Lutein can lower your risk for chronic eye diseases. Vitamin A protects the cornea, while Lutein and Zeaxanthin lowers the chance of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. While Zinc contributes to the overall health of your retina and improve night vision. In the same manner leafy greens also contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Carrots

Carrots and other yellow, orange, or leafy green veggies and fruits are sources of Vitamin A. These types of foods contain beta-carotene which grant their colors. Beta-carotene is used by our intestines to make Vitamin A, which convert light into brainwaves. This provides an important component to our corneas. In fact, Vitamin A deficiency has resulted in about half a million children blind a year. Vitamin A can also help prevent serious eye infections and other serious eye conditions

Oysters and Zinc

Let’s talk about Zinc. Zinc are in Oysters, but why do we need Zinc? Zinc is essential to many of the processes in our body. It helps our bodies send Vitamin A from our livers to our retinas. If our bodies can’t send Vitamin A to our retinas then it doesn’t matter how much Vitamin A we get. For those of you who don’t enjoy oysters you can get your zinc from beans, meats, and nuts.

Eye Health Beyond The Superfood for Your Eyes

A balanced, healthy diet is important for your eye health. A diet high in antioxidants can prevent serious eye conditions and make sure your eyes are in tip top shape. Aim to eat a variety of unprocessed foods daily. If you experience problems with your eye, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. Our optometrists will help you diagnose and determine a plan to maintain your eye health.

It’s crucial you maintain your eye health on a regular basis. Beyond your diet you can protect your eyes with these tips.

  • Schedule an eye exam once or twice a year.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage your blood sugar.
  • Wear protective eye gear when necessary.
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