4 FoodsFor Healthy Eyesight
Dietary choices have an impact on all areas of health, including your vision, so take care to include foods that can help protect and nourish your eyes. Most seem to have the biggest impact on the delicate blood vessels of the retina.
- Citrus fruits, melons, tomatoes, potatoes and broccoli, for their vitamin C.
- Soybeans, leafy greens, fish, wheat germ, nuts and seeds all contain vitamin E.
- Legumes like peas, dried beans, garbanzos/chickpeas, black-eyed peas, lentils and whole soy and whole grains are natural sources of zinc.
- Spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce and peas provide lutein, a carotenoid pigment.
Other protective compounds are the red and purple pigments found in berries and other fruit. Eat berries, especially organic blueberries, often. You can also get these pigments into your diet with supplements of bilberry, grape seed extract or pine bark extract. Like all vascular-related efforts for ideal health, keeping refined sugars low, regularly monitoring your blood pressure and committing to regularly exercising are essential.
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