Your eyes are extremely important to your overall well being, and like your body, the foods you consume can have positive effects on the health of your eyes.
As Natural News explains, “approximately 75 percent of adults require some sort of corrective lenses, according to the Vision Council of America, and about 64 percent wear eyeglasses, with the other 11 percent wearing contact lenses.”
Slowing down the aging of your eyes is actually easier than one would think. Nutrients such as vitamin A, omega 3s, zinc and lutein have been proven to benefit the eyes. In addition, “cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and eye conditions including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been shown to occur less frequently in people who eat diets rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein (allaboutvision.com).”[slideshow:82783]
The American Optometric Association recommends 10 mg/day of lutein and 2 mg/day for zeaxanthin.
Some of the leading causes of blindness include cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Eating foods high in these nutrients have been proven to help with eye health and may potentially save you from eye-related diseases.
WebMD explains, “many studies combined lutein and zeaxanthin with other nutrients, such as vitamins C and E. It's possible that the combination of nutrients may be more helpful than any single nutrient.”
Along with eating the right foods, make sure you are also getting enough sleep. Sleep is essential for eye health, as it gives your eyes time to repair and recover. Also, make sure you get a yearly eye exam to check for any visual impairments or eye diseases.