When it comes to taking care of our body and staying healthy, we tend to overlook (no pun intended) the vital organs that aid us in our daily activities: our eyes. Certain vitamins, minerals can help maintain the health of our eyes, as well as protect and repair them. Below are some foods that could help keep those eyes in good shape for a long time.
Eating beans and other legumes is an easy way to add zinc to your diet. Zinc helps release vitamin A from the liver so that it can be used in eye tissues, while a zinc deficiency can cause deterioration of the macula, at the center of the retina. Zinc is also found in oysters, beef, poultry and pumpkin seeds.
Almonds contain magnesium which relaxes smooth muscles such as those found in the inner eye and helps prevent muscle spasms. They also have vitamin E and vitamin B, nutrients known for protecting eyes from free-radical damage hindering the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
If you have trouble seeing at night, you should try apricots. Apricots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that the body converts to vitamin A. And research shows beta-carotene may help with night vision and preventing cataracts. Carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash are other excellent sources of beta-carotene.
Salmon has two types of omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), both of which may be important in preventing or slowing down eye diseases. A lack of omega-3s may also contribute to dry eye syndrome. Other omega-3 sources include tuna, sardines, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
This vegetable carries essential minerals to aid the eyes. It contains lutein, zeaxanthin, selenium, and alpha lipoic acid, which plays a vital role in energy production in cells and fights an unusually wide array of cell-damaging free radicals, CoQ10 which helps cells to break down food into energy and vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid which help build healthy cells. This food and particular combination of nutrients can reduce the progress of age-related macular degeneration and vision loss.
Observing proper care of the eyes ensures that we can live great quality lives. Taking the necessary precautions and eating food that would help maintain or even improve our vision is an excellent way to keep your eyes healthy. You intend to outlive your term life insurance policy, so eat the above foods to make sure that your good vision lasts as long as you do.