Feed Your Vision, Food for Your Eyes!

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 9:00am
Food for Your Eyes

A proper diet can help many parts of your body, including your eyes.

In fact, there are several foods that are shown to help your overall eye health and your vision. 

Raw bell peppers are a perfect place to start. Packed with the greatest concentration of Vitamin C per calorie, bell peppers help the blood vessels in your eyes and can reduce your risk for cataracts. But remember that heat breaks down Vitamin C, so go raw when eating your peppers. Bright colored peppers are also packed with vitamins A and E.

Sunflower seeds and nuts are also great for your eyes.

These foods contain half of the amount of Vitamin E recommended for adults in just a single ounce! Vitamin E can help slow age-related macular degeneration and even cataracts. 

Dark, leafy greens are great sources of both vitamins C and E, two minerals that benefit the health of your eyes. Foods such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are perfect examples of the types of leafy greens that can help your eyes. 

Lean meat and poultry also helps to keep your eyes strong. Beef, pork, and chicken are all good sources of zinc, which brings Vitamin A from your liver to your retinas, and then makes the protec-tive pigment melanin. Oysters have the most zinc per serving of any food group, if you prefer seafood. 

Other foods such as beans (and other legumes), salmon, broccoli, and squash can help your eyes in a variety of ways. 

If you don’t eat some of these foods already, it may be time to make some subtle changes to your diet in order to help your eyes and vision.