7 Foods for Healthy Eyes

Snack on an orange to keep the blood vessels in your eyes healthy and cut your cataracts risk. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Eat these seven foods to keep your eyes healthy (via RealAge.com).

  1. Kale is packed with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect your eyes from retinal damage, the onset of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  2. Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which supports healthy blood vessels in the eye and may reduce your risk of developing cataracts.
  3. Peanuts contain vitamin E, which protects your eyes from free radical damage and may also defend against the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  4. Kidney beans are an excellent food for your eyes because they contain zinc, which helps transport vitamin A from the liver to the retina for eye-protective melanin production. Including the right amount of zinc in your diet can also improve your night vision and help prevent cataracts.
  5. Salmon contains two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids — docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) — which may prevent or slow progression of eye diseases. Insufficient omega-3s in your diet may also exacerbate dry eye syndrome.
  6. Whole grains are an important part of a low-glycemic-index (GI) diet, which one study suggest may cut your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by almost 8 percent. Opt for high-fiber whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, whole oats, and whole-wheat breads and pasta.
  7. Apricots pack a powerful amount of beta carotene, a carotenoid that the body converts to vitamin A. Research shows beta carotene may help improve night vision and prevent cataracts.

 

 

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