It’s easy to overlook that what we feed our bellies, is also what we are feeding our eyes. The nutrients from the food we choose to consume is, too, defending and preserving this delicate piece of us that allows us to see life. There are certain nutrients and other substances in food that are especially eye friendly. Eating right to protect your sight has been the ongoing focus of our recent recipes offered via our social media channels. Here, we offer an in depth explanation of the effect of important ingredients mentioned in those recipes as the value of nutrition is irreplaceable when it comes to your eye health.
Vitamin A & Zinc: Key for healthy vision. Vitamin A is found in orange and yellow vegetables, such as carrots and squash. Zinc comes from foods such as meat, eggs and seafood. These vitamins work together to allow us to see in the dark.
Vitamin C: We consume this antioxidant when we eat fruits and veggies. Vitamin C helps to protect the retina of the eye, which is the layer at the back of the eye that works to collect light and send signals to the brain for visual recognition.
Leafy Greens: Eating spinach and kale will protect your eyes against harmful light and prevent against Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Spinach and kale are loaded with Lutein and Zeaxanthin which you can basically think of as the eye’s natural sunglasses.
Consuming a variety of foods from each of the major nutrient groups is, no doubt, the best diet for healthy eyes.