Thursday, September 12, 2013

You Are What You Eat

We’ve all heard of a heart healthy diet, but what about an eye healthy diet? Your eyes are essential to your day-to-day life so it’s important to make sure you’re putting healthy food in your body in order to lower your risk of eye disease.

Mom always said eat your carrots—thanks to our mothers, carrots are most commonly known as the eye healthy veggie. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A which is important to healthy vision. And yes, though carrots are important for your sight, the real eye healthy veggies are dark, leafy greens like broccoli, zucchini, peas, kale and Brussels sprouts. These veggies benefit your vision by reducing the effects of glare and exposure to bright lights by absorbing some of that light.  
In addition to veggies, seafood lovers will be happy to know that the omega-3 fatty acids in canned tuna or dark fish meat, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines or bluefish can help decrease the risk of common eye diseases. These eye diseases include glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. 

It’s so easy to incorporate  any or all of these foods in your daily diet and it’s a great way to keep you and your family healthy so that they can live a long life with healthy vision. 


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