The beginning of a new year is always a good time to start turning things around and start eating healthy. When it comes to taking care of your eyes and postponing wearing glasses as much as possible, carrots seem like a good solution. But, eating your way to good eyesight is about much more than that. Consider adding these foods to your regular diet and see the difference yourself.
Kale, spinach and broccoli are filled with lutein and zeaxanthin. Both are found in the macula, a small part in the center of your retina that provides us with a detailed central vision. Lutein in particular is found in macular pigment which aids blue light absorption. Eating enough of these helps slow down your overall eye degeneration and helps prevent cataracts.
FISH AND SEAFOOD
Cold water fish is especially rich in omega 3 fatty acids. They are beneficial for a lot of different aspects of your health – from balancing your blood pressure and postponing Alzheimer’s disease, to proper fetus development. When it comes to eyesight it helps with dry eyes, macular degeneration, and even cataracts. Salmon, tuna fish and sardines are the most easily available types of fish of this kind, but omega 3 fatty acids can also be found in anchovies and bluefish.
Switching to a pure whole grain diet is one of the best things you could do for your body, but it takes a bit of time, effort, and determination. However, slowly changing your diet to involve more whole grains is much easier and almost equally beneficial. Brown rice, barley and whole oats are filled with vitamin E, zinc, and niacin. All three of these are good for eyesight in general, and they slow down macular degeneration, which is why people lose their sight as they age.
ORANGE AND GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
Vitamin C is usually associated with helping the immune system. This is of course true, but it also slows down the aging process and prevents cataracts. Orange and grapefruit juice is packed with it and you can easily make it yourself in order to make sure it’s 100 percent organic. One cup of orange juice can have as much as 120 milligrams of vitamin C and one cup of grapefruit juice up to 100.
Egg yolk seems like a pretty common item in everyone’s kitchen, but it actually helps the eyesight in quite an interesting way. According to an expert optometrist, the effect of egg yolk is twofold. First of all they are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin which helps with cataracts. What’s more, eating eggs helps you absorb carotenoids from other foods. This means it’s best to mix eggs with vegetable salad. It’s important to note that this quality decreases as you heat the eggs, therefore it’s better to stick to poached or soft-boiled eggs.
Beef contains zinc which helps with aging and it’s also vital in absorbing vitamin A you get from other sources. Of course, beef can cause other issues regarding heart conditions, so it’s best to eat it in moderation and make sure it’s as lean as possible.
In the end, like we said, carrots are the first thing that comes to mind and there’s a reason for it. Carrots have a lot of beta-carotene, which will make your night vision much better. It also makes your retina function properly much longer.
With the right diet, you can postpone visiting your eye doctor. Most of the foods that are good for your eyes are also good for your health in general, and they are pretty easy to find and prepare, as well. Make these slight adjustments to your diet and enjoy the benefits.
Author Bio – Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.