Taking care of our eyes is an essential part of maintaining health. We all should be caring for our vision by protecting our eyes from the sun (as well as screens), and by visiting the eye doctor regularly for check-ups.
In addition to medical visits and wearing protection though, we can be proactive with our eye health by eating nutritious and organic foods. Here are our six favorite foods for optimal eye health.
Rich in Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, nuts are not only delicious but incredibly healthy for your eyes. Because Vitamin E can help protect our vision from age-related damage, we should all be eating nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts, Brazilian nuts, and walnuts on the daily.
2. Leafy Greens
Is there anything leafy greens aren't good for? Along with the many other health benefits of kale and spinach, these delicious greens are fantastic for your eyes. Lutein and Zeaxanthin—both of which are present in leafy greens—help with retina and vision health.
3 & 4. Carrots and Sweet Potatoes
Orange, delicious, and perfect for fall, carrots and sweet potatoes are both excellent foods to eat for eye health. Carrots, often revered as the king food for vision, are rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene—both of which are believed to benefit and protect your vision. Sweet potatoes also rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin E, and they are the perfect fall staple. So eat up!
Packed with Vitamin C, strawberries are rich in antioxidants that can help fight cataracts. Yes, really! They are also wonderful for your skin, protect your heart, lower your blood pleasure, AND are high in fiber. Make sure to include this delicious fruit in your daily diet. (May we recommend breakfast?)
6. Green Tea
If you think you love green tea now, you will be happy to hear this calming beverage is also great for your eyes. Researchers believe the antioxidants in this popular beverage can lower your risk of cataracts, so we recommend replacing your morning cup of jo every now and then.