Good Nutrition Can Help Your Eyes

When Mom told you to eat your broccoli, she was also promoting good eye health. Recent studies have shown that certain nutrients found in foods can help the wellness of your eyes.

Three Key Nutrients For Focused Vision

A 2012 report says three nutrients help to promote healthy eyes and vision. These three nutrients are:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil (especially sardines and wild-caught salmon) and flaxseed.

Lutein: Found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale as well as corn and egg yolks. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines recommend 4 to 8 milligrams of Lutein a day. A half-cup serving of cooked spinach provides 6 milligrams. Also found in GinkgoSense.

Zeaxanthin: Also found in dark green leafy vegetables, corn and orange peppers. The USDA has not established recommendations for the daily intake of Zeaxanthin. Also found in GinkgoSense.

Both Lutein and Zeaxanthin are a form of Vitamin A. Along with Omega-3, these nutrients may support the area of the retina that is responsible for our most accurate vision. They may also reduce the risk of cataracts. Omega-3 has also been found to help dry eyes.

Antioxidants can slow age-related macular degeneration

Important research done by the National Eye Institute, found that certain antioxidants can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration by about 25 percent:

Vitamin C — found in citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, and papaya; also in Barley Life Xtra.

Vitamin E — found in nuts, fortified cereals, and sweet potatoes, and in AIM Proancynol ®2000

Vitamin A (beta-carotene) — found in green leafy vegetables as well as orange and red vegetables

Zinc — found in oysters, red meat, poultry, and seafood

The levels of vitamins and minerals used in this research are high and often difficult to obtain from an average diet. Nutritional supplements for eye health are available. Talk to your eye care provider to see which nutritional supplements are best for you.

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