You have probably heard from your physicians “If you want a healthy body, it starts with a healthy diet.” It is certainly no different for healthy vision as well. It starts with what’s on your plate. It is important to have nutrients in your diet such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein, and vitamins C and E to help battle age-related vision issues like cataracts. If you have a well-balanced diet, it’s less likely you will develop Type 2 Diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 40 and over. Regularly consuming these foods listed below will help you maintain good eye health. We even included our favorite recipes!
Orange colored fruits and vegetables promote good eye health because they are rich in Beta-carotene (type of Vitamin A).
- Recipe: Baby Carrot Soup
Just one cup of mangos a day provide 25% of the suggested daily value of vitamin A. It helps prevent the softening of the cornea and night blindness.
- Recipe: Mango Smoothie
This now-popular leafy green is rich in carotenoids, which help prevent damage to the eyes from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.
Salmon, more than any other fish contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which helps sufferers of dry eyes.
- Recipe: Horseradish Salmon
Berries (blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, etc.) are great for eye health because they are rich in Vitamin C, which may reduce the risk of macular degeneration.