We all know how much of an impact what we eat has on our bodies. From fad diets and wellness trends that mostly have us concerned with our waistlines it’s easy to get caught up in all the rules and expert opinions.
In all of this it’s easy to forget about eating right for your sight. So, here are a couple of tips for brighter eyes.
While we all love Vitamin C for its flu-busting capabilities its benefits reach further. It’s great for the blood vessels in our eyes and it can be found in more than just oranges. The trick is to eat vegetables like cauliflower, bok choy and spinach, and fruits like Papaya and strawberries and lemons that are packed with Vitamin C raw so your body gets the most Vitamin C out of them. When they’re heated/cooked the Vitamin C is broken down and made less effective.
Hazelnuts, peanuts and peanut butter are your new besties. As a large study has shown that the Vitamin E and other nutrients found in them can help slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This being the leading cause of vision loss.
DHA and EPA Omega 3 fatty acids are exactly what your retina needs to work well and while the acronyms sound complicated getting these essential fatty acids is as easy as eating plenty of fatty fish like trout, salmon and tuna as well as other seafood. Seeds are also a great source of Omega 3 – so pack your smoothies and salads full things like chia, flax and hemp seeds. So next time someone tries to talk you out of ordering sushi, tell them it’s to avoid dry eyes. ;)
It's an age-old wives’ tale that carrots will make you see in the dark, but just like every story there’s a real nugget of truth in it because orange-coloured fruit and veggies are high in beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A that really does help with night vision. So, while you may not have built in night vision goggles after one carrot it really does help your eyes ability to adjust to the dark. Go on! Get your bugs bunny on and don’t forget that Sweet potatoes, mangos and apricots do the trick too.
Happy munching away and remember – everything in moderation.
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