You know you should eat right and exercise for the sake of your body, but did you ever consider that eating the right power foods can also play an important role in your eye health? Yes, that’s right! If you want to keep those peepers seeing clearly, you’ve got to feed them right. Here are five power foods to eat for healthy eyes.
When I was a kid, my dad used would joke that carrots were a superfood for your eyes because he’d never seen a rabbit wearing glasses. Corny humor aside, carrots really are a power food when it comes to eye health. Carrots contain carotene, a type of Vitamin A that helps the retina stay in great shape.
There are a number of good reasons to eat your greens. Your eye health is certainly one of them. Spinach, kale, and other hearty, leafy green vegetables offer vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein. Want to lower your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts? Snack on oven-baked kale chips and dine on spinach salad.
Most don’t need another reason to love berries. These delicious little fruits do wonderful things for your eye health. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are not only delicious, they also offer antioxidants and vitamin C which has been shown to keep cataracts at bay and reduce the chances of developing macular degeneration.
Salmon should be your fish of choice if you’re looking to improve your eye health. Chock full of healthy fats and rich in DHA, Salmon can help keep your eyes moist and healthy. In fact, dry eye syndrome has been linked to low levels of the fatty acid, DHA.
Almonds pack a punch of healthy protein, vitamins, magnesium and vitamin E which research slows can slow macular degeneration. It only takes one handful (about an ounce) of almonds to get your daily dose of this important vitamin, which makes raw almonds a great choice if you’re seeking a crunchy snack.
Keep those eyes healthy by adding these five power foods to your diet and by getting regular eye exams at your closest Eyeglass World.