Can Vitamins Improve Your Eyesight?
Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and lean sources of protein as well as staying active are key aspects of a healthy lifestyle. But when it comes to your eyes, are there ways that you can actively keep them healthy? Beyond visiting an eye doctor as recommended on an annual basis, what can you do daily and throughout the year?
Vitamins are Good For You
Overall, vitamins from your food or supplements are important for your entire body and system. While research can vary, the addition of certain antioxidants, minerals and vitamins are good for you and your overall health. We take a look at which ones are believed to help your eye health.
Lutein: Found in dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, corn , tangerines and peas, lutein has been shown to lower the risk of developing new cataracts for those with chronic eye diseases. It is a carotenoid, or plant chemical, found in the family of antioxidants. Research has shown lutein to help curb inflammation, protect eye tissue from sunlight and defend against free radicals.
Vitamin C: Found in oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and green peppers, Vitamin C has been shown to slow the development of cataracts as well as age-related macular degeneration. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that could also protect your eyes against free radicals.
Vitamin E: Found in nuts, vegetable oils and sweet potatoes, Vitamin E is similar to Vitamin C as it can protect against free radicals, which can break down healthy tissue. It has been seen to help with slowing down cataracts.
Fatty acids: Found in salmon, tuna and supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids help in your early life to boost visual development. As you get older, it has been shown to reduce inflammation, support your eyes’ outer layer and enhance tear production.
Other Ways to Support Your Eye Health
Beyond eating a well-balanced diet for your eye health and overall health, you should get your recommended amount of weekly exercise. A brisk walk can be enough to get your blood flowing and circulating all of the way up to the smaller blood vessels in your eyes. This helps flush out harmful substances. On the opposite side, make sure to rest your eyes through sleep and take time to close your eyes for a moment throughout the day. Reading, being on a device and computer throughout the day can take a toll on your eyes. A quick rest can help prevent fatigue – even for just a minute here and there during your day. Finally, follow your eye doctor’s recommendation for eye exams. They can catch not only eye problems, but also issues with your overall health.
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