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Your Best Eyes Through Proper Nutrition

Your eyes need the right food so they can perform their best. Most patients are aware of how their food intake can affect their overall health and athletic performance. We are inundated with protein supplements for workouts and often discuss how fiber can aid our digestion. But have you considered how eating the right foods can make a difference in your vision and long-term eye health?

Eating Well For Eyesight

There are a number of sources for proper eye nutrition. A healthy lifestyle makes a difference – smoking and excessive alcohol consumption increase your chance of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking has also been shown to exacerbate dry eye.

Supplementing your diet with added vitamins and minerals could be the key to the wellness of your vision and longstanding eye health.

A number of vitamins have been shown to have positive effects on the eyes. Vitamin A effectively supports retinal function, and can be found in most orange, yellow, and green fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is useful in lens longevity and Vitamin E is an antioxidant and could be the key to delaying cataracts.

Beyond vitamins, there are a variety of minerals that can boost your eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Zinc and selenium helps your body absorb the vitamins you eat, particularly Vitamin E. Lutein and zeaxanthin may protect your macula by filtering out blue light.

The foods you eat should be high in vitamins and nutrients. Your first clue is the color of the food. Orange, yellow, or green foods are often quite high in Vitamin A. Mangoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe are great sources. Leafy greens and nuts contain lots of vitamin E, while citrus fruits and peppers are loaded with vitamin C.

Excessive sugar and salt are the number one detriment to your eye health, and are difficult to reduce. Decreasing your use slowly will allow your tastebuds to adjust while avoiding abating cravings. Processed foods like refined grains should be avoided, as well as trans or saturated fats. Make a habit of reading the label before putting foods in your shopping cart - eye health starts in the grocery store.

Supplements

If you’re not sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrition for your eyes, a supplement could be beneficial. There are a number of vision supplements created to support the systemic health of your eyes. These should not replace proper nutrition, but can boost the amount of vitamins and minerals you’re already getting from a wholesome diet. Talk to your optometrist about which supplements are right for you.

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