Of the precious human senses we have, sight is the most important. Sight
adds beauty to the world and beauty to your eyes. Well, who likes to hide
their beautiful eyes behind glasses but most of us end up doing so, some at
a very early age. Try these five super-foods that will keep your eyes
healthy and your vision sharp.
Carrots aren’t good only for baby bunnies, they’re good for human babies as
well. The “see in the dark” veggie actually contains abundant Vitamin A
which is the most important determinant of eye health. Just one small
carrot provides you sufficient Vitamin A for daily needs. Carrots contain a
good amount of beta-carotene which gets converted into Vitamin A in your
body. This vitamin is vital for the production of rhodopsin, a purple
pigment that helps you see in low light. Doctors recommend adequate intake
of carrots and other Vitamin A rich vegetables like bell pepper and papaya
especially in growing school-aged children. Vitamin A deficiency can also
lead to dryness and inflammation of eyes.
Tomatoes are enriched with carotenoids, including lycopene, which gives
tomatoes their vibrant red color. Lycopene is an antioxidant present in
ocular tissues that prevent ultraviolet and other light induced damage to
the retina and other areas of the eye.
Green leafy vegetables
As you age, there is a progressive damage of retina, the most critical part
of your eyes. But carrots aren't the only food that will keep your eyesight
strong as you age. To prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration
that result in a gradual loss of vision- have loads of dark green
vegetables, such as spinach, mustard greens, cabbage and kale. These
vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, the two most important nutrients
that prevent cell damage. Doctors say that lutein acts like sunglasses,
helping to protect the retina from damage.
We all know that whole grains are better for digestion and weight loss.
The high fiber content of whole grains also packs in a good amount of
zinc and selenium which are wonder minerals for healthy eyes.
Swap refined carbohydrates for brown rice, whole oats and whole-wheat
Toss some stir fry green veggies over oats for a meal that’s a feast
for the eyes.
Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pick any that fancy your taste buds! Nuts are
nutrient dense foods with plenty of selenium and vitamin A. Both nutrients
assist in the prevention and inhibition of eye damage. The mono and
polyunsaturated fats in pistachios also help boost the absorption of