We have all heard that eating carrots is good for your vision, but there are other foods that can improve your eyesight. Beta-carotene, the magic ingredient in carrots, is also found in other foods. How can you choose foods that can help your eyesight? Fruits and vegetables don’t come with nutrition labels. You can start with yellow and orange vegetables.
Yellow and Orange Vegetables
It isn’t an old wive’s tale that carrots help improve eyesight. It’s great as a mid-morning or afternoon snack and goes great on your salad or as a side dish. Carrots contain vitamin A, which assists the eyes in being able to see in low light range. Eating carrots regularly can help keep your cornea clear and healthy. Here’s an idea. The next time you want French fries, try replacing them with sweet potato fries. Have the munchies? Sweet potato chips are great for the eyes. Yellow and orange foods contain carotenoids. Carotenoids make the eyes less vulnerable to glare, aids in contrast enhancement and improves visual range.
Leafy green vegetables that include kale, broccoli and spinach are the best vegetables for the eyes. Green leafy vegetables contain lutein, which decreases the chance of contracting macular degeneration. Lutein is from luteus, which is Latin for yellow. This can help you whether you are eating out or food shopping to choose the foods that are best for your vision. Kale can improve night vision and sharpen day vision as well. Eating spinach helps protect the cornea.
Replace your usually munchies with apricots. They contain beta-carotene and vitamin C. Vitamin C’s an antioxidant that reduces the chance of getting cataracs. Vitamin C can also be found in kiwi, guava fruits and strawberries. Blueberries strengthen the blood vessels in the eye and prevent artery blockage, warding off blindness.
We have heard that fish is brain food, but fish can also help improve your eyesight because it contains Omega 3. Omega3 can be found in salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Salmon eaten on a regular basis can protect the retina and help prevent blindness.
Eating well is good for your vision by improving your cornea, retina and blood vessels. If you eat properly, you can lower the chance of eye damage like macular degeneration or catarac surgery happening to you in the future. I hope you’ll make these wonderful fruits, vegetables and fish part of your regular diet.
Information Credit: Crowfoot Vision Centre