You probably have an idea of what to eat on those days when you need extra energy, or, if you are a body builder, what to eat to build up muscle. You probably also have an idea of what not to eat, such as those times when you are trying to lose a few pounds. Eating the right foods can do wonders for your health – and there are some foods you can make sure to eat to keep your eyes healthy, too!
Foods for healthy eyes
Try to add in some of these foods to your meals every day:
1. Foods that are high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines), sweet potatoes, peaches, strawberries, red bell peppers, and tomatoes. Vitamin C protects the eyes from the sun and environmental damage. Eating these foods raw will be most beneficial.
2. Leafy green veggies, which have lots of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that help to protect the eyes from damage and lower the risk of eye disease. It isn’t just leafy veggies (such as spinach and romaine lettuce) that have these antioxidants, though – you can also get them from eggs, peas, and broccoli.
3. Carrots are famously thought of as being good for eyes – and they are. They are high in vitamin A, which helps you see better at night, keeps the retina healthy, and can help prevent dry eyes. Other fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored are also high in vitamin A.
4. Foods that are high in vitamin E, such as almonds, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and avocados, help to keep cells healthy. Vitamin E helps to prevent cataracts and can also help to keep age-related macular degeneration from becoming worse.
You can eat cake and cookies all day long, if you want. You are an adult, after all! But there are so many foods to choose from that are both delicious and good for you and for your eyes – you are sure to find some foods you like from the list above. If you just aren’t seeing as well as you used to, contact North Suburban Eye Associates in Massachusetts. Call (781) 245-5200 today!