Healthy Foods for Healthy Eyes

  • Posted on: Sep 24 2014
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Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables isn’t only good for your overall health, but it can have added benefits for your eyes! Vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in preventing common eye diseases, such as cataracts. Carrots have been a long time star when it comes to eye health, but there are several other delicious fruits, vegetables and proteins that are great for eyes as well.

  1. Healthy Foods for Healthy EyesRaw spinach, kale and dark leafy greens provide powerful antioxidants to the body that can help protect eyes from damage caused by sunlight, cigarette smoke, and pollution. Antioxidants cycle through the retina and lens of the eye and help to absorb damaging light. Nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in dark green vegetables.
  2. Grapefruit, strawberries, and brussels sprouts are high in vitamin C, which is also a valuable antioxidant. As little as half a grapefruit a day, or a handful of brussels sprouts is enough to positively impact eye health.
  3. Turkey, oysters, and crab are high in zinc which helps keep the retina in top shape.  The human body is comprised of many different types of proteins that use zinc as fuel to function effectively. Something as simple as a sliced turkey sandwich on whole grain bread (whole grains are good for your eyes too!) has enough zinc to assist retina function daily.
  4. Salmon, sardines, and herring might not be for everyone’s palate, but they are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Cold-water fish tend to be higher in omega-3 than warm-water fish. Omega-3 is beneficial to the brain, and is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
  5. Seeds, nuts, and wheat germ are loaded with vitamins C and E. When these vitamins work together, they help keep tissues strong and healthy. The human body doesn’t absorb enough vitamin E from most foods, but sunflower seeds, almonds and pecans, and wheat germ oil are a few foods that that lend a tremendous amount of vitamin E to the body.

Ophthalmologist in Southern California

If you are interested in learning more about a healthy diet for your eyes, or any services that we offer, contact Shammas Eye Medical Center with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you.

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