Want to support healthy vision? Feast your eyes on these five foods–packed with plenty of nutrients to promote normal vision and eye health!
- Kale: This nutrient-rich leafy green is an excellent source of both lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that can help shield the eyes from the dangers of environmental damage (including UV rays). Kale also contains vitamin A, a nutrient that helps protect the cornea and may support normal night vision. Not on a kale kick? Vitacost Lutein with Zeaxanthin packs in these nutrients in an easy-to-take, softgel form.
- Milk: What can fortified milk do for your eyes? For starters, it’s a good source of riboflavin, an important B-vitamin. Individuals who are lacking in riboflavin may experience eye-related complications, including sensitivity to light. Milk also contains eye-supporting vitamin A. If you don’t “do” dairy, don’t despair. Source Naturals Riboflavin is dairy-free and contains 100 mg of B2 and 89 mg of calcium, too.
- Carrots: Another great source of vitamin A is orange veggies, including carrots. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Aside from nourishing and supporting proper eye function, vitamin A also provides antioxidant protection. If you don’t like “rabbit food,” a beta-carotene supplement is a good move.
- Bilberries: Looking for a delicious way to defend your eyes from free radical damage? Grab a handful of bilberries, which are brimming with protective antioxidants known as anthocyanins. This superfruit’s a bit hard to find, but fortunately you can take it in supplement form.
- Oysters: Due to its nutrient content, certain seafood may support healthy vision. Oysters are especially helpful because they contain both selenium and zinc, two nutrients that function as antioxidants to support eye health and function. If you don’t regularly frequent raw seafood bars, New Chapter offers a food-based selenium complex that also contains probiotics, turmeric and ginger.