Food For Our Eyes:
Kale, Spinach, and Collards
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are anti oxidants that protect and maintain healthy cells and they are abundant in these dark, leafy greens. The American Optometric Association said that they act like “internal sunglasses” that can filter the harmful blue waves. Moreover, they are also rich in vitamin A which is very good for eyes.
Zinc deficiency has been linked to impaired vision and poor night vision as well as cloudy cataract. But getting plenty of the nutrient can work wonders, slowing the process of age-related macular degeneration which is a common condition in 50+ and older adults. Oysters are the great source of zinc if they are not your thing you can try lobster, salmon, beef or milk.
Apricots are the good source of beta-carotene and lycopene, both these carotenoids help to promote good vision. The Macular Degeneration Association explains that the body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which resists damage to the tissues, including the eye lenses.
Continued oxidative stress may result in the development of cataract. It can damage the blood supply to the eyes and lead to macular degeneration.
Pay particular attention to eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and A. The sweet potatoes are on the top of that list.
Eggs are not only rich in zinc but also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and lutein. Though eggs do not contain as mush antioxidants as green vegetables but our body is able to absorb these antioxidants better from eggs.
Vitamin E might slow macular degeneration and cataract. The top source of vitamin E is the wheat germ. Some other such options are almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and sweet potato.