Five Foods To Protect Your Eyes

We’ve all heard that eating carrots will give you stronger eyesight. When I was in college, I had a friend who like me, wore glasses all the time. When I noticed she wasn’t wearing them anymore, I assumed she had started using contacts. She said she hadn’t, but that she ate lots of carrots everyday and after a few months, she was able to retire her glasses. 

Of course, I tried the carrot-plan too. I ate baby carrots at every opportunity, crunching on them even when it was socially unacceptable to make mouth noises. After a few months, my palms took on an orange tint and I realized my summer tan wasn’t a tan after all. 

By telling you this story, I’m not suggesting you give up carrots. I didn’t! But here are 5 other foods that help improve eye health. 

  1. Avocado
  2. Blueberries
  3. Fennel
  4. Greens – Kale, Dandelion, Romaine
  5. Saffron 

These foods all provide phytonutrients that protect our eyes and the nerves around them.  

Phytonutrients are not essential for life, like vitamins and minerals, but they help prevent disease and help keep body parts work efficiently. There are about 25,000 phytonutrients, categorized by function. Some of the commonly known are:

  • Anethole – reduces inflammation 
  • Lutein – protect against cataracts
  • Lycopene 
  • Flavonoids 
  • Zeaxanthin 

There is no one food that fulfills all the requirements the body has. We just have to eat the rainbow of colors and a variety of types of food.

Lesson Learned: I don’t just carry baby carrots around for snacks anymore. There are lots of other delicious foods to try. 

 

Sources: http://www.webmd.com

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t know avocado helps your sight. I shul have excellent sight with all the guacamole I eat:)

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yeah. It’s more to protect against cataracts but I’ll take that 😊

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  2. Kay R. says:

    Seriously blueberries are just good for everything! I didn’t know about the rest.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Blueberries yum. But we get the most benefits from eating a variety of foods.

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  3. I think US soldiers ate blueberry jam before coming to France in WW2! I think it’s good for seeing in the night…

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Love that bit of info. Thanks for sharing!

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