Your Eyes Deserve Your Best Health!
The definitive, final, ultimate list of which foods are best for preserving your eyes and your vision health.
(ok, maybe not the ultimate health list, but we like giving this blog post a bit of hype – tongue in cheek)
We have crunched the numbers. We have done the “health” math. We have done our homework. Here is our official TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are the top 10 foods that, in our view, will do the MOST for helping you maintain excellent eyes, excellent vision well into your years.
It is recommended by some that one should have at least 4 of these foods in your diet regularly at a minimum. If you are consuming 8 or more of these, you get an A+!
Here are the Top 10 foods you should have in your diet for better vision:
#10 Raw Red Peppers
Bell peppers give you the most vitamin C per calorie. Did you catch that? Those things as light as balloons pack quite a punch. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eyes, and science suggests it could lower your risk of getting cataracts. It’s found in many vegetables and fruits, including bok choy, cauliflower, papayas, and strawberries. Now, if you cook this stuff you WILL decrease its health impacts… A LOT!. So go raw man! Go raw!
Lentils, Kidney Beans, and Black-Eye Peas are all giving you bioflavonoids and zinc — and can help protect the retina and lower the risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
You have a lot of freedom in this category: pistachios, almonds, walnuts, even peanuts, all are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that boost your eye health.
#7 Oranges or Grapefruit
Vitamin C can boost immunity, which is great. But there is some research to suggest that it also may improve the health the eye tissue itself. The National Eye Institute commented that Vitamin C “may help to regenerate other important antioxidants” in the eyes, such as Vitamin E.
#6 Sweet Potatoes
Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are all high in beta-carotene. This is a form of Vitamin A that helps with night vision, your eyes’ ability to adjust to darkness. One sweet potato also has more than half the vitamin C you need in a day and a little vitamin E.
So you can dig into sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots.
Eggs have zinc. Zinc helps your body use the lutein and zeaxanthin from its yolk. Why is this important? Well, it seems the yellow-orange color of these compounds also blocks harmful blue light from damaging your retina. It is all about protective pigment in the macula folks! You say WHAT!? Yeah, that is what we said!
#4 Lean meat and poultry
In moderation, lean beef in your diet can boost your eye health. Beef contains zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. Poultry and pork are also good sources, but so are Oysters. In fact Oysters have more zine per serving than ANY OTHER FOOD. But hey, if you are into Oysters. It’s an acquired taste we are told.
You see, Zinc brings vitamin A from your liver to your retina, where it’s used to make the protective pigment melanin – it’s all about that darn pigment.
Carrots are known for helping with good eye health. Again, Vitamin A is at play here along with beta carotene. The surface of the eye is positively impacted by these two buddies, which can prevent eye infections and other serious eye conditions.
#2 Kale or Spinach
Kale and Spinach are big winners in this top 10, but so are collard greens. “Don’t forget them collards” is the saying isn’t it? Well, if not – anyway – don’t forget them. These three are all rich in vitamin C and E and also have the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant-based forms of vitamin A lower your risk of long-term eye diseases, including AMD and cataracts.
We can bet that most of you don’t eat enough of these powerful foods. These are a must in our view.
And then there was one. The top of the heap, the big hauncho! Well, in our list, it is Fish. We know all about the mercury concerns and they are very, very real (and getting worse). But for now, there is one food that simply gets it done and that is fish. Omega-3s are the key here. Don’t like fish? Then look into Omega-3 supplementation. Your eyes will not only thank you, they will be healthy enough for you to perhaps continue seeing well late into your life.
Well, there you have it. The official Contactsforless.ca TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. We hope you have enjoyed learning a bit along with us! Now our crack research team will go back to shipping out your contact lens products that you keep ordering again and again! Oh – and by the way, thank you for that! Your business means the world to us!
HONORABLE MENTIONS BY THE WAY:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Sunflower Seeds
…there, we didn’t want to go down on record without naming those foods too. Look, if you are eating even a bit of each of these on a semi-regular basis, that is something. Something always most start with something, for from nothing comes nothing. Whoa, did we just write that?
Warmest regards to all of you!
The Contactsforless.ca Crack Research Team
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