vision and nutrition

Miracle Or Myth: Can You Really Improve Your Vision With Diet?

A healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients is good for your entire body, and your eyes are no exception. While there are no foods that will miraculously correct vision problems, foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin help protect eye health. Here are some foods and more nutrients to add to your plate for healthier eyes.

Greens And Yellows

With one cup containing 23.8 mg of both lutein and zeaxanthin, kale is an excellent way to watch out for your vision. It’s also a tasty side dish or salad addition. You can also make kale chips for a crunchy snack. Broccoli and spinach, too, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin. Cooking your greens will help your body absorb lutein more efficiently. Corn, squashes and other yellow and orange vegetables are also high in lutein and release more of it when cooked than when eaten raw.

Eggs And Fish

Eggs and cold water fish such as salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and lutein, making them good for your vision and heart. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of macular degeneration and the vitamin A boost you get from eggs can improve night vision. Not all eggs are created equal, however. Eggs from companies such as Eggland’s Best are higher in lutein and other nutrients than regular eggs.

Citrus And Berries

Citrus fruits and berries are high in vitamin C. This vitamin helps to support the delicate tissues in your eyes, possibly preventing macular degeneration, cataracts and other age-related eye diseases. While vitamin c supplements can help you boost your intake, it is best to get your vitamins from food rather than pills and chewable tablets.

Look Out For Trouble

Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is a great way to protect your eyes, but it’s only the first step. Vision problems are always possible, and regular visits to a qualified eye doctor are important. Your doctor can spot small problems before they become large ones and help keep your eyes healthy and your visions intact. Feel free to discuss your dietary choices with your eye doctor during your exam. She’ll be happy to recommend more foods that can help you focus on your eye health.

It’s no myth that adding certain foods into your diet can help protect your vision. These foods are not, however, miracle cures for eye diseases and problems. The best way to keep your eyes shining brightly is to combine a healthy diet with routine eye exams.

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Emma Sturgis

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Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. For eye care professionals Emma recommends All About Eyes. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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