Maintaining the health of our eyes is important. Routine check ups are important for evaluating their health, but it’s importnat to make sure our diet is supporting our eye health by providing the vitamins and nutrients it needs. According to WebMD, there are several foods that are best for your eyes. Here are a few of the lesser known ones:

  • ┬áRaw Red Peppers – Per calorie, they provide the best source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eye. There’s even evidence to support Vitamin C reducing the risk of getting cataracts.
  • Sunflower Seeds & Nuts – An ounce of these seeds or almonds as has half the amount of vitamin E that the USDA recommends each day.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Part of the orange colored food group, these are packed full of beta carotene.
  • Squash – Full of lutein and zeaxanthin, these are great for you. Especially because your body cannot make these nutrients on their own.

There are more foods providing health benefits to your eyes, but as always we suggest that you consult your physician before making wholesale changes to your diet. If you have any questions about your eye health, contact our team!

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Certain nutrients can help delay or prevent eye problems and disease. Some over-the-counter supplements have not been tested in clinical studies. Ask your doctor to be sure.

Look for these nutrients, in at least these amounts, if not already prescribed by your doctor:

  • Vitamin C, 250mg
  • Vitamin E, 200mg
  • Beta-Carotene, 5,000 IU
  • Zinc, 25mg
  • Zeaxanthin, 500mcg
  • Selenium, 100mcg
  • Lutein, 10mg
  • Calcium, 500mg
  • Thiamin, 2mg
  • Folic Acid, 800mcg
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flax-seed oil), 2,000-3,000mg
  • N-acetyl cysteine, 100mg
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid, 100mg

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source: webmd.com