3 Foods That Promote Healthy Vision
Maintaining healthy vision takes more than getting regular checkups – what you eat can have a positive impact on your eyesight. Add the following to your meals:
- Dark, leafy greens, which contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that can help address cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Spinach, kale and collard greens are all excellent sources. Start by substituting spinach for romaine in salads, and add a side of greens to your meals.
- Sweet potatoes (along with pumpkins and cantaloupes) contain a host of carotenoids that function as precursors of vitamin A – a nutrient necessary for normal vision and retinal functioning. A simple, healthy swap is baking a sweet potato instead of a white potato.
- Eggs. Just one egg a day will increase your levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, and also provide sulfur compounds that may help prevent cataracts from forming. Opt for cage-free, omega-3 fortified eggs, which contain higher levels of DHA, another nutrient that’s good for the eyes. If you’re not a fan of eggs for breakfast, add a sliced, hard-boiled egg to a salad for lunch or dinner.
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