Diet for Healthy Eyes
We all know that if we intend to keep our body in good shape we have to do some form of physical exercise regularly as well as be careful with what we eat. If we only would eat junk food our bodies, and our health, would seriously suffer.
What we tend to forget is that this goes for our eyes as well. If we only eat burgers and fries, we wouldn’t be doing much for our eyes’ well-being. Thankfully, nowadays we know what we have to get into our system to maintain perfect vision.
Let’s take a closer look at what we can eat to stay as healthy as possible. Who knows – we might even be able to avoid having to use contact lenses or glasses.
Eye Friendly Foods
It is, of course, a good idea to discuss this issue with an eye doctor, but a simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is to try eating a rainbow of colorful foods (naturally-colored, that is).
For example, food that contains antioxidants can help you in avoiding age-related macular degeneration or in the worst case scenario, blindness.
First of all, you have to eat enough Vitamin A. If you’ve ever felt as if your vision gets blurry at night it might be a result of Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A can be found in vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and spinach.
When we start to get close to 40 years old, it’s not unusual to have issues with glaucoma. That’s yet another sign that you haven’t been getting enough Vitamin A.
The other vitamin that is crucial for good vision Vitamin C. It can, for example, prevent you from getting a cataract, a clouding of the eye, which is an eye disease that is becoming increasingly common. If you have diabetes, you also risk getting an edema of the retina if you don’t eat enough Vitamin C. Good sources for this are citrus fruits, rose hip, and various berries.
Omega 3 fatty acids are also of high importance for healthy vision and it can be found in salmon, mackerel, flaxseed, and walnuts.
So, if you want healthy eyes and are not sure what to eat for dinner, why not eat a colorful salad and serve it with salmon? If you do, you will treat your eyes with the best natural eye care possible.
Contributed by Anders Wedin, Optician