We all know nutrition plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle but did you also know certain vitamins are essential for healthy eyes? Researchers have found that antioxidants and other important nutrients can help combat macular degeneration, risk of cataracts, and other eye-related diseases.
Macular degeneration is a symptom of dry eye syndrome and is caused by a lack of adequate lubrication within the eye. This dryness leads to irritation and inflammation which can become harmful to the eye.
There are many causes of dry eye syndrome that are pretty much unavoidable:
- • Computer use
- • Contact lens wear
- • Our environment (dry windy air)
- • Aging
Here’s a list of nutritional components that are vital in maintaining healthy eyes:
- • Omega-3 Fatty Acids helps against macular degeneration and can be commonly found in salmon, flax and chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans, and spinach.
- • Beta-carotene found in carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach may also help reduce the furtherance of macular degeneration.
- • Vitamin A helps against dry eye syndrome and can be obtained through red peppers, carrots, squash, romaine lettuce, and apricots
- • Vitamin C assists against macular degeneration and can be found in citrus fruits, guavas, bell peppers, broccoli and berries.
- • Vitamin D also supports healthy eyes by reducing macular degeneration and can consumed through mushrooms, fish, cereal, and tofu.