Fruits and Vegetables That Make For Healthy Eyes and Vision

September 18, 2012  -  Posted by  admin

If you want to improve your vision, add these fruits and veggies to your diet.

When we were young, family dinners sat around the kitchen table often sounded very similar to kids across the country: “Finish all of your dinner” or “No dessert until your plate is cleared.” However, there was one request that was often more popular (and more feared by children) than any other that our parents gave us: “Eat all of your fruits and vegetables.”

As we’ve grown up, we have come to realize just how important these two types of foods are for maintaining a healthy heart and lifestyle, and we may have even started to develop a love for these fruits and veggies that we learned to hate has children. Just in time too, as many reports have surfaced over the last few years which show just how important these tasty snacks can be for improving our eyes and vision.

Many studies are now showing that antioxidants have been found to help prevent serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. However, you do not have to take vitamin supplements or follow a strict juicing diet in order to reap these benefits. In fact, all you have to do is load up on your daily fruits and veggies to truly improve your vision.

In honor of September’s National Fruit and Veggies month, we have put together some heart-healthy fruits and vegetables which will not only keep your health in check, but will also improve your eyes in the long run:

Oranges

Fruits that are high in vitamin C, such as oranges, can help to maintain the proper functioning of many different systems within your body, including your eyes. This is because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which has positive effects on the eyes. For instance, some studies have shown that vitamin C can help reduce a person’s risk of cataracts. Also, when used in combination with vitamin E, it can also help to decrease the risk for developing macular degeneration.

Corn

One favorite food of the fall season is corn on the cob. Luckily, this tasty autumn treat has great fiber content and provides the body with many B-complex vitamins, such as vitamins B1, B5 and folic acid. B1 in particular can help to avoid any abnormal eye movements that could cause double vision and other vision changes. Yellow corn is also a rich source of beta-carotene which forms vitamin A in the body, essential for maintenance of good vision and skin.

Spinach

While Popeye may have always claimed that spinach was essential for growing up strong, he may not have also realized that a lot of the nutrients found in this leafy veggie provide beneficial health effects to our vision.. For instance, many researchers are beginning to look to plant pigments lutein and zeaxanthin as a helpful way to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular generation―the two most common types of eye disease in older individuals.

So, given these important facts about vision and eye health, are you planning to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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