Best Foods and Vitamins For Healthy Eyes And Preventing Cataracts

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4. Beta-Carotene

This fat soluble vitamin is well-known for supporting healthy vision and protection from cataracts. You should consume foods high in beta carotene such as turnips, mustard greens, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, kale, and carrots with a bit of fat, such as butter, coconut oil, or nuts to help aid your body in absorbing this important vitamin.


5.  Vitamin C

One of the most powerful antioxidants around, vitamin C helps to fight cataracts by slowing down the progression of this eye sight robbing disease. You need a minimum of 250mgs of vitamin C each day. Just 5 servings of fruits and veggies should give you at least 100 grams or more! Outstanding superstars in the vitamin C field are green chili peppers, green and red bell peppers, broccoli, guavas, papaya, kiwi fruit, Brussels sprouts and, of course, oranges.


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6. Zeaxanthin and Lutein

These antioxidant compounds are found in the yellow colors found in plants. Also known as xanthophylls, these types of pigments are also found in very concentrated levels in the lens of the eye. Although research has shown that zeaxanthin and lutein can prevent cataracts and support healthy eyes but the exact amount that the body needs is still unclear. Eat plenty of the following foods to be sure your body is getting as much as it needs to keep your eyes clear and bright:

  • Eggs
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Turnip Greens
  • Green Peas
  • Corn
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli

The American Optometric Association states that people should try to consume 5 to 6 mgs of zeaxanthin and lutein each day.

Although we can’t do anything about our genes, we can choose our diet each and every day. Make yours a healthy one filled with organic fruits and veggies not only for eye health, but for your overall well-being.

You can also protect your eyes by limiting the amount of time you spend in front of computer screens, television screens, and cell phones. Always wear UV blocking sunglasses when you are out in the sun as well for the ultimate eye protection.


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