When it comes to your eyes, it is vital your diet include adequate vitamins and minerals to protect your vision for years to come. Multiple vision problems are easily resolved through a few minor dietary changes. Here is a breakdown of some of the more essential vitamins and minerals for protecting your eyes and enhancing your vision.
1.) Essential Fatty Acid
How do you ensure you get enough omega-3’s in your diet? You can start by eating fatty fishes including salmon once or twice per week. Flax seed oil is a wonderful alternative to fish oils for eyes that provide ample omega-3s in your diet. If you are too shy to try flax seed in its raw form, you can always invest in a supplement.
2). Vitamin A
Vitamin A and carotenoids are also vital to your eye health. Good sources of vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes and cod liver oil. Vitamin A is important for protecting your eyes against various diseases including macular degeneration. Other sources of vitamin A and carotenoids include green, leafy vegetables like spinach.
3). Bioflavonoids and Vitamin C
Vitamin C and bioflavonoids help protect against diseases including glaucoma and cataracts. You should look for a supplement containing bioflavonoids combined with vitamin C to maximize your body’s ability to absorb vitamin C. These antioxidants help protect against oxidation and disease processes in the body.
4). Vitamin E
Vitamin E like vitamin C is an important antioxidant that help protect the eyes from various conditions including cataracts and macular degeneration. Superb sources include nuts like hazelnuts, almonds and seeds including sunflower seeds.
Overall a diet rich in antioxidants is likely to help support your eye health for years to come. Antioxidants are vital for preventing or reducing the symptoms of various eye diseases including glaucoma and cataracts. A proper diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins and vegetables will also help reduce your risk of dry eye syndrome, blindness, macular degeneration and other devastating conditions.
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