How is your eye health? As you age, your eyes may start to lose vision or you may develop cataracts and other eye issues. One of the best ways to keep your eyes healthy and strong is to eat a healthy diet.1 There are many foods that contain nutrients that keep your vision healthy. Look for foods with vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids.1 Here are some of the best foods to eat for eye health:
- Green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. They contain antioxidants that protect you from eye damage that comes from sunlight, smoke, and air pollution. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin. You can also get these nutrients from broccoli, collard greens, kiwis and grapes.1
- Foods high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for your eyes. Get more grapefruit, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya, oranges and green peppers into your diet.1
- Seeds and nuts. Get extra vitamin C and vitamin E from eating sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds, pecans or vegetable oils.1
- Turkey and seafood. Get your zinc from oysters, turkey, crab, eggs, peanuts, and whole grains. You can also get lots of omega-3 fatty acids from fish. Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation in your eyes and help your cells work better. Try salmon, sardines, herring, flounder, halibut or tuna. If you don’t like fish, try taking a supplement. There are tons of options that aren’t fishy tasty these days.1
- Lastly, get your dose of beta carotene which converts into vitamin A from orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. Think carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, and even red pepper.1
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1 – Facts from WebMD