Studies show that up to 25% of total food consumption goes to supporting our visual system, making nutrition an essential part of sustaining vision and general eye health.
Proper nutrition requires the consumption of a well-balanced diet. Whole foods such as antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are extremely important for their protective qualities and the nutrients they provide.
Foods that have been proven to help keep eyes healthy include:
Dark leafy greens – spinach, kale and brussels sprouts, as well as dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries, can help prevent eye diseases like macular degeneration, which is a primary cause of vision loss in individuals over 60.
Omega-3 fatty acids – found in salmon and tuna, have been shown to lower inflammation in the blood vessels of the eyes, which, when combined with adequate blood sugar control, can help prevent diabetic retinopathy.
Water – although there is a debate over whether water is a nutrient, it plays a big part in healthy tear production. Dry eyes can often be the result of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water can help when it comes to making tears.
Wheatgrass – sometimes called a ‘superfood,’ nutrient-rich wheatgrass has been shown to boost the immune system.
Whole Grains – such as brown rice, bulgur, millet, quinoa and wheat, contain vitamin E, zinc and niacin, which can all improve eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts.
To learn more about which foods you may want to add to your diet to improve or maintain your eye health, contact Eye Mechanix in Lincoln Park to schedule an appointment today!