Two of the most complex organs in your body are your eyes, yet few consider the health implications of healthy eyes. Your eyes provide you visual feedback of the world around you; however, their health is often taken for granted. Like all of your other body parts, your eyes need to be nourished as well. A well-balanced diet is beneficial for your overall health, however, there are specific foods that you can include in your diet that help with eye health, as well as help with eye conditions you may experience. Let’s review:
- General Eye Health – vitamin and mineral deficiency is common among so many people today. These deficiencies can cause an array of health problems, including eye problems. You must make sure your diet includes sufficient amounts of food containing Vitamin A, C, E, and all of the B Vitamins. In addition, minerals such as selenium and zinc are important for eye health. Good sources of these vitamins and minerals include carrots, yams, and cantaloupes.
- Bitot’s Spots – this condition is known by its white spots or patches. Typically this condition is caused because of a severe Vitamin A deficiency. Foods that are Vitamin A dense include carrots, spinach, and kale.
- Cataracts – while cataracts can affect a wide age range of people, it is most prevalent in those over the age of 55. This clouding of the eye’s lens can lead to loss of vision, and can be caused by age, diabetes, and injuries to the eye. Copper and manganese are both important minerals to help in the healing of cataracts, as well as selenium to help combat free radicals. Vitamins such as A, B1, B2, C, and E are all important as well. Green leafy vegetables are crucial for those trying to prevent or heal cataracts, especially collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens. In addition, blueberries and cherries are good sources of flavonoids.
- Macular Degeneration – it is thought that macular degeneration is similar to cataracts. This condition typically affects those over the age of 55 and seems to be tied to free radical damage and low levels of several minerals and vitamins. Similar to cataracts, green leafy vegetables are crucial for helping macular degeneration. Minerals such as selenium and zinc are extremely important, as well as the normal eye Vitamins, A, C, and E. Additionally, CoQ10 and shark cartilage are beneficial in preventing and protecting against this condition.
As you can see, your diet plays a large part in the health of your eyes and protecting you against eye disease and conditions. Your vision is precious – take care of it by eating healthy. Include the foods above in your diet to help protect your eyes.
Please note: always consult your Physician before starting or stopping any medications or supplements.
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP, for the 50 Plus Report