Vitamins and Minerals for Eye Health Image

Don’t Overlook Vitamins & Minerals for Eye Health

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then think of vitamins and minerals as the frame that holds the glass panes in place for you. Without the proper support system that vitamins and minerals supply, your eyes become empty and boarded-over.

Vitamins and Minerals for Eye Health ImageVitamins and eye health go hand in hand. If you feel your vision leaves something to be desired, consider changing your diet or adding vision supplements to your regime. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that there is nothing more important for your eyes than having the necessary vitamins and minerals. Every organ in your body depends on them to function well into the future. The good news is that many of these necessary vitamins and minerals are found in the food you already eat.

After a few simple changes here and there, you could be seeing yourself anew before you know it!

Here are some of the best vitamins and minerals for eye health:

1. Vitamin A

Yes, you knew this article was going to tell you to eat your carrots! Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A, or beta-carotene, which helps protect the surface of your eyes. Other foods that are rich in vitamin A are liver, milk, pumpkins, eggs, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Vitamin A can help to prevent cataracts and dry eye syndrome. Research has shown that vitamin A can also slow the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the gradual loss of your central vision. Doing what you can to prevent it is crucial.

2. Vitamin C

Because vitamin C helps the body maintain connective tissue, it helps the collagen in your cornea as well as the small blood vessels in your retina. So, drink your orange juice, eat your spinach, and don’t forget your broccoli: all these foods are rich in vitamin C! Our bodies don’t store vitamin C, so it is especially important that we include this vitamin in our daily diets. Adults should be taking at least 500 mg daily for the best results. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

3. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is not one simple compound, it’s actually found in eight different forms in the foods we eat. Most vitamin E supplements only include one of these forms, so it’s best to try and include foods rich in this vitamin in your daily menu. Repair poor vision with the power of vitamin E. Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants which help the body heal, and it specifically may help reduce your risk of developing cataracts. Foods that are high in vitamin E include whole grain cereals, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, olives, and almonds. Get snacking!

4. Lutein

Lutein is the powerful antioxidant which gives fruits and veggies a yellow color. It also helps protect your eyes from getting damaged by light. Everyone is born with some lutein in their eyes, but we stop producing it as we age. Give your eyes a kick start by taking in some extra lutein. Try some kale, spinach, zucchini, squash, corn, yellow peppers, and collard greens for a boost in your diet. Lutein has been referred to as, “the eye vitamin” because of its ability to prevent or slow some eye conditions.

5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Your eyes need fat to thrive. The healthy kind of fat, that is. Adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce macular degeneration (the loss of central vision) and dry eye syndrome. Where can you get omega-3 fatty acids? On your next fishing trip! Salmon, tuna, and sardines are all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Other great sources include flax seeds, leafy greens, and walnuts. Omega-3’s play an important role in our eye health. They protect our eyes from damaging light, ischemia, oxygen free radicals, and inflammation.

6. Selenium

If you take the mineral selenium alongside vitamins A and C, reports show that you can help stave off macular degeneration. AMD happens more frequently in people over 60, so selenium is especially important as you age. Look to crab, shrimp, and brown rice for your daily fix! Selenium works in your body to increase the benefits of antioxidants. If you’re taking prescription medicines, it’s always best to check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet.

7. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that many doctors recommend for optimal eye health. When taken with vitamins E and C, zinc has been shown to slow the process of age-related macular degeneration and even reduce visual acuity loss. Our bodies cannot produce zinc, so it’s important to make sure it’s included in your diet. To get your daily dose of zinc, try oysters, yogurt, beef, eggs, baked beans, mixed nuts, or even lobster. Yum! Our bodies need very small amounts of this mineral, but it is one mineral that is essential for good eye health.

It’s essential to your eye health that you make sure your diet is rich in vitamins and minerals. Take the time to adjust your diet and your eyes will thank you for years to come.

We all know that fast food, processed food, and deep-fried food isn’t really good for us. A well-balanced diet containing as many vegetables and fruits as possible is better for your eyes as well as your over-all health. The problem many people face when trying to change over to a diet high in all the foods that are best for them is time. Many of us just don’t have the time to prepare meals that are high in the right foods.

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  1. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Ali says:

    My eyesight is 4.00 something can i improve it please tell something which is easy ti fix my vision.

  2. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen DORILLA says:

    Many eyes exercises help your vision ,for different problem

  3. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Carrie L Ralston says:

    My vision is -7.5 in right eye and-7.0i in left eye and I have a astigmatism in both eyes plus I’m nearsighted and farsighted is that bad vision

  4. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    my eye power is so down what can i do for improve eyesight

  5. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen nitika says:

    My eyesight is very poor..left eye power -2and right -1.5 and i am taking all these things but no improvement..help me

  6. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Rohini says:

    Hi,

    I am a 28 year old women, i have an eyesight of -0.5 for left and -4.5 for my right eye. I do not like to wear glasses hence chose to wear contact lenses. But now my vision of right eye has gone worst and i do not know what to do now. Please help me . Thanks much in advance!

  7. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Dharmsingh chandwara says:

    My eyesight as distance vision vry poor left eye is .75 and rt eye is 1.00 . can i improve theirs,please suggesst me.thank u

  8. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Siya says:

    Thanks, Dave, for sharing such info.

  9. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen dechen wangmo says:

    hi fast of all thank you so much for your message regarding how to improve our eye sight. i am 31 years old, i have an eyesight of -11 for right and -12 for my left eye. so therefore if there are any chance to improve my eyesight or what i have to do to improve my eyesight?

  10. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    belive and pray in jesus name your eyes sight will be alright, i will also pray for you , okay !!! pr.prakash

  11. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Danish7066 says:

    Stop doing anything when no light for example, using tab, mobile phone, pc and always look roughly don’t force your eyes to see continuously something.

  12. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Suraj says:

    If u got any suggestion then plz also suggest me.

  13. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Dave says:

    Can’t you read? First off, you have to change your diet. Your diet is so important, you will be surprised by the results only a few weeks or a month after you’ve changed it. Include more vegetables and salads, lightly cooked vegetables like carrots and kale every day, or every other day, or as often as you can. Also, instead of having chips for a snack, have a mix of pumpkin seeds with sunflower seeds for a snack as often as you can. Great vegetables to include into everyone’s diet to improve your overall health by 100% are: beetroot, kale, lentils, soy, carrots or/and sweet potatoes, broccoli, flax seeds or flax seed oil, olives and olive oil, red cabbage, bell peppers, spinach, collard greens, cashews, curry, ginger, cinnamon, green tea, brown rice, black beans, parsley… you’ll live to be a healthy 100. 😉 It’s a common knowledge, if you ask me, but people just rather keep eating shit. It’s their choice. By eating properly you can prolong your lifespan and the quality of life by 30% at least, but it’s your choice.

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics (just like his brother) with the dream of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he joined Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent nearly two decades studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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