Can you improve your eyesight naturally?
More than 25 million people worldwide are affected by age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, which according to the American Optometric Association is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55. These diseases are often caused by oxidation and inflammation of the eyes, but research has found that foods rich in the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. Other studies have found that a diet rich in vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids can also prevent age-related eye diseases. Here are six top sources you should start eating now to improve eyesight.
It’s not just a tasty side; corn also contains some lutein and zeaxanthin. Research in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry discovered that cooking this veggie longer increased the amount of lutein and the antioxidant levels per serving. Add it to chilis, soups, and casseroles.
One cup of nutrient-dense spinach packs a healthy 20.4 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. Add spinach to sandwiches and wraps, use it as a salad starter, or make green smoothies with it. Note: Cooking the greens helps your body better absorb lutein.
This fiber-rich veggie is rich in vitamin C, and also contains eye-boosting beta-carotene, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin. Add cooked broccoli to omelets and frittatas, or toss it in marinara sauces and pasta dishes.