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The Eyes Have It - Foods That Can Help With Good Eye Health

Everyone knows that carrots are good for your eyes and in fact, that’s  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 retinas and maintain overall eye function. However, you knew that, right? What you may not know is five other forms of food that have benefits towards your good eye health.

Leafy Greens

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.

Eggs

The humble egg is not just a super place to find “good” cholesterol and protein. You also find lutein and zeaxanthin along with 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.

Turmeric

We admit that we have a preference for turmeric related benefits but we feel that these benefits ought to be tested as well. 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 applied via drops into the eye for instant benefits (though medical trials are still ongoing for this).

Citrus Fruits And Berries

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  as well. Some of the top natural sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, broccoli, yellow peppers, kale and many others.

Almonds

Who doesn’t love the smell and taste of fresh almonds? Nuts are an excellent way to digest protein and healthy fats. 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 sight.

Fatty Fish

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. Eating fish such as tuna, salmon, anchovies, mackerel and trout are a good place to start.

 Post adapted from TurmeriX Australia.