Tips 2 - Eat right for your sight
You’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” and it’s as true for your eyes as any other part of your body. Every minute of every day the cells in your body are growing up, breaking down, and eventually being replaced by brand new ones. What are you building your cells with? If you’re already enjoying a balanced diet, you’re most of the way there, but of course, there’s always something more to do. Here are the vitamins that your eyes crave, and a few eyesight superfoods to feature in your week.
Omega-3 which helps combat dry eyes
Oily fish that are high in Omega-3 e.g. tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines
Vitamin E which helps to protect the eyes from age related damage
Nuts and legumes such as: walnuts, cashews, peanuts and lentils
Vitamin C an antioxidant that also helps combat age-related eye health issues
Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are all high in Vitamin C.
Vitamin A and Beta Carotene.
Vitamin A is vital for your vision, it is a component of a protein called rhodopsin which helps the retina to absorb light. Beta carotene’s exact role in vision is mixed, but the body needs this nutrient in order to be able to make Vitamin A. Carrots and sweet potatoes are both rich in vitamins A, E and beta carotene.
Beef is rich in zinc which studies have linked to eye health longevity. Chicken breast and pork loin also contain zinc, but at lower levels.