When it comes to thinking about our overall health and wellness, too many of us tend to forget about the health of our eyes and vision. We rarely take the time to focus on maintaining or improving eye health until we begin to experience problems with our vision. It’s much better to be ahead of the curve and focus on keeping your eyes healthy and strong on a consistent basis, so you’re less likely to experience serious issues later on down the line. One great way you can feed a healthy ocular lifestyle is by taking greater care in choosing the foods you eat. There are quite a few healthy foods which contain the nutrients that have been scientifically shown to improve eye health and vision clarity when consumed on a regular basis. Add them into your snacks and meals a few days a week for stronger vision.
If you know about any of the nutrients on this list, this is probably the one you know. Beta-carotene is what gives many fruits and vegetables their vibrant coloring and can be found in foods such as pumpkin, carrots, tomatoes, squash, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, mangoes, spinach, peaches, broccoli … the list goes on. The body converts this important nutrient into Vitamin A, which is crucial for maintaining retinal health.
This is a fat-soluble nutrient which is naturally found in healthy eyes. Lutein acts as an antioxidant, protecting the eyes from damage by free radicals. Over time, lutein can be depleted, which is why it should be consumed through certain foods, such as kale, avocados, papayas, apricots, leafy greens, and eggs (to name only a few).
This nutrient is essential to helping the body absorb Vitamin C. Rutin also strengthens the blood vessels and improves circulation, which makes it helpful for people who experience diabetic retinopathy. You can find this nutrient in citrus fruits, peppers, plums, red apples, cherries, tea, buckwheat, blackberries, and grapes.
Good news, grapefruit lovers! The classic bitter and tart flavoring of this fruit is made possible thanks to the nutrient naringin, which also acts as an antioxidant which can protect the retinas. Consuming grapefruit even just once a week can provide your eyes with a good amount of this important nutrient.
Fortunately, these nutrients can be found in many different sources, in abundant proportions. Start incorporating some of them into your meals to look after your eye health without giving it a second thought.
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