One of the most common health problems in the world is poor vision. This may include blurred vision, blind spots and floaters. But did you know that there are certain approaches which could help you improve your eyesight? And they are not all surgical, mind you. One effective approach in improving your eyesight is eating healthy food and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Note – I would still suggest that you find an optometrist in your city and visit them on a regular basis to make sure that you keep your eyes in check.
So what is the best food to improve your eyesight?
As you may have already known, carrot is considered the best food to improve your eyesight. Why is that so? It is because carrots are very rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene. When Vitamin A is converted into its retinal form, your vision, especially night vision, is improved. Vitamin A has also been proven to fight age-related ocular diseases such as cataract and glaucoma. Beta carotene is also an anti-oxidant which is helpful in fighting off certain forms of cancers.
In choosing carrots to include in your salad or in any meal you are preparing, choose those which are bright orange, firm, and straight as they are the ones containing the most nutrients. You do not just get Vitamin A and beta carotene but also Vitamins K and C and potassium.
However, carrot is not the only food for your eyes. There are other foods you could include in your diet to improve your vision.
Here are five other foods you must include in your diet:
Enjoy it any way you want: scrambled, sunny side up, boiled or poached. Eggs should definitely be included in your diet. Why? Because it is rich in lecithin, amino acids, lutein, sulfur and cysteine. Compounds containing sulfur protect the lens of the eyes from cataract formation. It also contains B-vitamins and zinc which are both essential for your eyes’ overall health.
2. Leafy green vegetables
Choose among spinach, kale, broccoli and more! Yes, not only are these vegetables beneficial to your general health, it is also very important in keeping your eyesight and your vision at its prime. These greens are especially rich in carotenoids, especially lutein (considered as the Vitamin “eye”) and zeaxathin. Lutein and zeaxathin are both antioxidants which help protect eyesight degeneration. To optimize these benefits, consume your greens fresh.
3. Cold water fish
Such as cod, mackerel and tuna are rich in DHA, Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and D. DHA provides support for cell membranes and is highly recommended for dry eyes and sight preservation. Add two to three servings of cold water fish to your diet every week to optimize your diet. Make sure that the fish is fresh though.
These berries contain anthocyanosides, a compound proven to decrease the risk of losing your vision. Other variety of berries (such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries) can also provide nutrition for your eyesight. Enjoy these fruits fresh or as a jam or jelly. As long as they are included in your diet.
Yes, chocolates! And the darker the chocolate is, the better! Dark chocolates contain flavanoids which help protect the blood vessels around the eyes. This helps the cornea and lens to stay strong as you age. But then again, eat the chocolates in moderation.
If you are still concerned with your vision, consult an optometrist. However, prevention is better than cure. And creating some changes in your diet is just one option to preserve the health of your vision.
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