Eating to See: 5 Foods That Promote Healthy Eyes

A survey showed that most Americans think an eyesight issue is one of the worst conditions to have. The condition is in the same ballpark of losing one's memory, speech, hearing, or even a limb. The following are five foods that can help promote healthy eyes.

1. Bilberry

This fruit contains anthocyanosides. This ingredient gives the fruit its dark blue color and is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage. The ingredient has been shown to protect the eyes from eye disorders such as macular degeneration that is linked to cell damage.

Introducing this particular ingredient to your diet can be as simple as eating the fruit or making a great and delicious jam out of it. You probably could even make some sort of pie out of it.

2. Collard Greens

Lutein and zeaxanthin are important ingredients to remember. Apparently, these compounds are present in the central part of the retina. This part of the eye is responsible for detailed central vision. It might not be such a bad idea to ensure that your body has enough of these compounds to ensure that your eyes stay healthy. Collard greens have a bounty of these ingredients.

This vegetable can be chopped up and fried with a healthy oil and served as a side dish. If you want to prepare it the southern way, though, then you add some smoked meat. Most use ham or bacon, but you could easily use turkey to keep it healthy.

3. Salmon

Salmon and other types of fish contain omega-3's. Yes, everyone raves about omega 3's in regards to heart health, but this ingredient also helps ensure circulation to your eyes. Blood circulation is of the utmost importance as it guarantees that all necessary nutrients reach your eyes.

You can include more Salmon in your diet simply by baking it in your oven or frying it up in a pan. Add a little bit of lemon juice and some seasonings too. It’s probably one of the most simplest meals you could possibly make as it doesn’t take much prep work.

4. Black Currant

Black currants are not too common. This fruit is an exotic fruit that contains more eye-friendly ingredients than bilberries. The concentration of anthocyanosides is astounding. You already know what that is good for. The taste of the fruit is somewhat similar to bilberries or blueberries.

One easy way to have more black currants is to buy it in liquid form, such as black currant kombucha. This drink is fermented, so you get the benefits of the fruit and digestive enzymes naturally found in fermented drinks.

5. Legumes

Most legumes, like black eyed peas or kidney beans, contain bioflavonoids and zinc. Both of these ingredients help protect cells from free radical damage. As you might remember, free radical damage is linked to macular degeneration and other eye-related ailments like cataracts.

Eating legumes can be as simple as adding some to a stew on those cold winter nights. However, they are really easy to just throw into a soup the next time you open a can and pour it in the pot on a sick or rainy day.

Whichever food you decide to incorporate more of, just make sure that you make a habit of including it into your diet. Go and see an eye doctor, such as one at All About Eyes, and ask them about your specific eye condition. Perhaps they will know which foods would be best for your exact circumstance. If not, a little research shouldn’t be too hard.

Adding these foods to your diet should help keep your eyes healthy, which will benefit you for years to come. Just try a few, decide which ones you like or are best for you, and make sure to use them in your meals a few times a week.

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