3 Foods Good For Your Eyes: How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Like our general health, our vision depends largely on our eating habits. Discover the best foods to keep your eyes healthy and happy today!
Carrots are good for you; Myth or Reality?
When you were younger, odds are your parents told you “eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes!”. Unfortunately, this is only a myth and eating a whole bag of carrots won’t make your vision any better. Just like pumpkin and sweet potatoes, carrots contain beta-carotene, an orange pigment extremely rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential part of our well being but particularly important when it comes to our eyes. Vitamin A is also known as Retinol, referring to the retina of the eyes.
Carrots are in fact, allies for your vision as well as beets, oranges and red peppers which are also rich in vitamin A.
Leafy greens for antioxidants, Fruits for vitamin C.
Antioxidants are essential for good general health. When it comes to your eyes, lutein and zeaxanthin have advocated. Present in spinach, kale and broccoli, they play an important role in preventing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). According to the National Health and Medical Research Institute, the risk of ARMD and cataracts is reduced by 93% and 47% respectfully in people with high levels of zeaxanthin. Also, the risk of ARMD is reduced by 69% in people with high lutein levels.
These antioxidants also protect our eyes from bright lights in certain situations and help preserve the ocular tissues. They also prevent eye oxidation.
Naturally, fruit are also indispensable allies when it comes to vision. Rich in vitamin C, kiwis, guava and citrus fruits are excellent antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cataracts and support the retinal cells.
Omega-3’s to prevent dry eyes.
Specialists have been telling us for years what the benefits of Omega-3 are for our health. But when it comes to our eyes, they are especially beneficial. Present in most oily fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, etc.), also found in almonds, pistachios and nuts, Omega-3’s help fight against dry eyes. They modify the composition of the existing lipids found in the lacrimal film, which is responsible for producing tears. The intake of docosahexaenoic acid or DHA present in Omega-3 improves the quality and quantity of tears.
Foods to avoid?
There aren’t really any foods that could put the health of our eyes in danger, as long as we have a well-balanced diet. We should always make sure to have veggies in our plate and to avoid (as much as possible) consuming excessive amounts of sugars and fats. Obviously, drinking plenty of water keeps us hydrated and helps conserve a comfortable vision.