Have you ever wondered, why you were told to eat carrots, green leafy vegetables when you were a child?
Its because one of the best things you can do for your eyes is to eat a balanced diet high in fruits & vegetables, but low in saturated fats & sugar.
You also need adequate amount of minerals zinc & selenium,which keeps retina- the light sensitive part of the eye healthy.
Along with all this,fatty acids play a major role in ensuring adequate moisture in your eyes.
Therefore it is important to develop good eating habits by taking in right nutrients from early age.
Here are some tips to stay healthy & care for your vision.
Nature has always amazed human beings, so if you want to stay fit & healthy always stay close to nature. Always make it a point that you serve yourself a colourful dish which is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce the chances of age-related degenerative changes that occur in the retina.
Select food rich in selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C,alpha lipoic acid,zinc & omega 3 fatty acids.
But from where do you get all this?
Carrots: Carrots help you to protect your vision. They contain lot of vitamin A along with Vitamin E & vitamin C,which helps to reduce the impact of both cataract & age related macular degeneration.
Green leafy vegetables: Spinach, Kale are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein & zeaxanthin. These antioxidants protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. Therefore, it is a great idea to include green leafy vegetables in your daily meal.
Nuts & Legumes: Nuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. They also contain high level of vitamin E, which protects eye from age related damage. Walnuts, cashews,peanuts, lentils are good choice when it comes to eye health.
Seeds: Sunflower seeds, almonds are rich source of vitamin E. Along with them, hazelnut,peanuts are also good source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps in slowing the age-related macular degeneration from getting worse. It may also help prevent cataract.
Fish & Eggs: Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna contain large amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These type of fatty acids seem to protect your eyes from age related macular degeneration & glaucome. Also, low levels of omega-3 fatty acids results in dry eyes.Lutein & zeaxanthin. the most powerful antioxidants, are found in egg yolks.Zinc in eggs help utilize these antioxidants.
Make sure you add these super foods to your diet regime & enjoy optimal eye health for a much longer period of time.