The Best Nutrition for Eye Health?

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Everyone knows that eating carrots is good for the eyes. Heck, we've all heard that from the time we can speak. Yet what about other food items? What else can increase the quality of our vision and head off eye-related health issues? Below is a list of six key food items that can do just that, and, of course, carrots are indeed on the list! 

Carrots and Other Orange Fruits and Vegetables

It is quite true that carrots and other orange-colored fruits and veggies serve to promote eye health and protect vision. The type of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, is what gives these foods their orange color and serves to aid the retina and other parts of the eye to function well.   eye-health  

Leafy Greens

Studies show that leafy greens are loaded with zeaxanthin—antioxidants that serve to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Bring on the salad!!!   portland-eye-exam  

Citrus and Berries

Packed with vitamin C, these fruits have been shown to lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.   portland-eye-exam  

Eggs

The yolk of an egg is an excellent source of zeaxanthin—plus zinc and lutein, which also serve to lower the risk of macular degeneration. This is a great reason to have an "eggy breakfast!"   portland-eye-doctor  

Almonds

Packed with vitamin E, almonds slow macular degeneration research has shown. About an ounce (one handful) gets you your recommended daily dose of vitamin E. Almond on!!   eye-health  

Fatty Fish

Got dry eye syndrome or seek to prevent it? Fatty fish including the likes of tuna, salmon, steelhead, mackerel and anchovies are full of DHA, an eye-important fatty acid that is found in your retina. Low levels of DHA have been linked to dry eye syndrome, according to Dr. Jimmy Lee, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.   portland-eye-doctor  

[su_divider divider_color="#ececec"] So, there are many foods to consider for eye health beyond carrots. How about this for dinner sometime? Barbecued Salmon with and almond strawberry rub, green salad with hard boiled egg yolk crumble, ice water (water is good for the eyes) and a shot of carrot juice! Yum...and your eyes will like it too!   Header Image Courtesy: paleomg.com