Nutrition and Your Eyes

What foods are good for your eyes?

In the information age, many people ask us how eating can affect the ways our bodies function. Diet and nutrition play an important role in the long-term and overall health of your eyes. Certain vitamins and minerals have proven necessary for good vision while also protecting against eye diseases. You can easily eat right for your vision!

There are many delicious foods that can help promote overall health and may be part of a plan to lower your risk for eye disease.

Antioxidants

Many foods contain antioxidants. Antioxidants literally remove oxidizing agents in living organisms. These oxidizing agents may be potentially damaging to our various systems, so many people believe that foods rich in antioxidants could help lower our risk for certain illnesses.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) helps with building and maintaining connective tissues in the human body. It also helps maintain collagen found in the cornea. By promoting healthy skin, bones, and circulation, vitamin C may greatly aid the health of your retina and cornea. People who have healthy levels of vitamin C in their diet are also at a lower risk of forming a cataract and vision loss from macular degeneration.

Red peppers are especially high in vitamin C, as are green peppers, strawberries, broccoli, and some citrus fruits.

Flavonoids

Many of the foods that contain vitamin C also contain flavonoids. Unlike vitamins, these substances are not necessarily required for life and crucial functions of the body, but they are generally linked with health benefits as part of an overall healthy diet.

Anthocyanins are a type of pigment and antioxidant that are considered good for your eyes because they may reduce risk of cataracts or macular degeneration. These substances are found in many berries like blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries. You can also get anthocyanins from grapes, red cabbage, and red apples.

Fatty Acids

Many people falsely believe all fat is bad, but there are lots of healthy fats that we need in our diets. Our brains demand various kinds of fats to function properly, and healthy fats help our circulation, digestion, and even things like our outward appearance creating a healthy glow and nice skin. Diets with proper omega-3 fatty acids are also very good for your eyes, and are especially important for eye development in children.

You can get these essential nutrients from foods like flaxseed, walnuts, fish, soy, and veggies like brussel sprouts and cauliflower.

There are many delicious foods that can help promote overall health and may be part of a plan to lower your risk for eye disease. A balanced diet and healthful lifestyle are important for a strong body and healthy eyes! Just talk to Dr. Radish if you have questions about how your lifestyle can promote eye health.

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