5 Nutritious Foods to Boost your Eyesight

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Your mother wasn't a liar when she told you to eat your carrots. Your eyes are a fragile and delicate thing, and you can't do nearly as much with them as you can do with the rest of your body in terms of targeted regimens. While there are some mild exercises for your eyes, and your regular optometrist check-up is very important, you are what you eat. Professionals from webcontacts.com.au suggest that eating foods which contain key nutrients that your eyes require to function properly is one of the most simple and effective measures you can take in properly caring for your eyes. To sweeten the deal, it's worth mentioning that these foods are good for your overall health, not just your eyes, and that makes it twice as worth it to watch what you're snacking on.

 

 

1 – Huckleberries

 

While some foods can easily be settled into categories, the huckleberry stands out on its own. Huckleberries, sometimes called bilberries, are a close relative of the blueberry. While they may appear very similar on the outside, it's the inside that counts. These berries are loaded with powerful antioxidants that, when coupled with the specific nutrients within the berry, create the perfect cocktail for eye health. You may even hear them referred to as the vision herb. These berries are a delicious, sweet treat that you don't have to feel guilty about eating.

 

2 – Omega Fatty Acids

 

Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids have a ton of positive things they want to do for your body. In conjunction, these acids will slow cell deterioration and boost the efficiency of your retinal nerves. Getting a recommended amount of these, especially Omega 3, may even play a hand in preventing glaucoma and macular degeneration. It's also easy to get both of them in one meal.

 

Coldwater fish, like salmon and halibut, as well as tofu and dark leafy vegetables contain significant amounts of Omega 3. Omega 6 is found in natural oils, such as sunflower and grape seed oils. Cook up some fresh salmon and toss a dark green salad with sunflower oil dressing and you have a whole dinner that's appealing to the eyes, both inside and out.

 

3 – Astaxanthin

 

Though you may have never heard of it, this carotenoid is hundreds of times more powerful as an antioxidant than your average vitamin E. It can also help strengthen your retinas and significantly reduce your risk for developing cataracts later in life.

 

It naturally occurs in crustaceans, such as lobster, crab, and shrimp. You can also find it in any red tinted vegetable, such as red bell pepper. Try serving up a spicy seafood stir fry for a meal packed with this game-changing antioxidant.

 

4 – Amino Acids

 

Amino acids, like quercetin, cysteine, and taurine, can help improve blood flow and combat the effects of free radicals. In an area such as your eye, where the vessels are especially small, improved blood flow can do a lot to benefit you. Amino acids aren't very difficult to find, as they exist in most meat and dairy products as well as a whole host of fruits and vegetables.

 

An easy way to get amino acids is through yogurt. By whipping up a snack or desert of frozen yogurt with fresh cherries, you can make a decadent treat that your vision will appreciate.

 

5 – Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E is necessary for a multitude of reasons, though your eyes will most appreciate its ability to lower their pressure. If you already have glaucoma or you're looking to prevent it, keeping your eye pressure low is essential.

 

Vitamin E is plentiful in nuts, as well as fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and mangoes. Mango salsa is an absolutely delicious twist on traditional salsa, and it's a great way to increase your intake of Vitamin E.

 

So remember now - a proper diet indeed has an impact on your eyesight. Maybe it's time to invest in your eyes?

 


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