Everyone knows that carrots are good for your eyes and in fact, that’s absolutely true. The Beta-Carotene present in carrots is a specific form of Vitamin A and it has been shown to positively influence the health of the retina and maintain overall eye function. However, you knew that, right?
So, here are 5 other forms of food that you might not know have benefits for the health of your eyes.
Leafy green vegetables, aside from being an important source of dietary fiber, have two chemicals in them – lutein and zeaxanthin that act as natural filters in our eyes. They prevent harmful ultra-violet from penetrating the surface of the eye, which in turn prevents degeneration of the eye. The National Eye Institute has shown that supplements with these chemicals can also benefit eye health.
The humble egg is not just a super place to find “good” cholesterol and protein. You also find more lutein and zeaxanthin along with some lovely zinc. Zinc reduces the risks of macular degeneration according to Dougherty Laser Vision in L.A. It also preserves your sense of taste and your sense of smell. However, if you eat too many eggs, you might prefer not to have a great sense of smell all of the time.
We admit that we have a preference for turmeric related benefits but we feel that these benefits ought to be being tested somewhere too. Dr. Radha Ayyagari who is a PhD at the University of California says that she has conducted research, which shows that the curcumin in turmeric has clear benefits for the photoreceptors in your eyes. She has synthesized a form of this, which might be injected into the eye for instant benefits though medical trials are still ongoing for this.
Vitamin C has also been shown to have a powerful effect on the overall health of our eyes and it may also ward off cataracts in old age too. There are no better natural sources of Vitamin C than citrus fruits and berries. Of course, every Australian knows that because without an understanding of the health benefits of Vitamin C, Australia might never have been discovered at all.
Who doesn’t love the smell and taste of fresh almonds? Nuts are a super way to get protein and healthy fats into your diet and in the case of almonds they also contain a ton of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to help reduce the rate of macular degeneration and prolongs your sight.
Those Omega Oils get everywhere don’t they? The fatty acids in them contain a substance called DHA, which is necessary for the correct operation of your retina. Don’t have enough DHA? Then you may suffer from dry eye syndrome. So get eating fish and you’ll soon be feeling much more comfortable when you look around you. Tuna, salmon, anchovies, mackerel and trout are a good place to start.