You’ve probably heard it a million times, but it doesn’t hurt to remember: you are what you eat. If you paid attention to your science teacher during school, you should know that nutrition and health go hand in hand. A balanced diet has many benefits and can improve your vision, which is one of the most important senses in everyday life. In fact, there are several nutrients and vitamins that can help you maintain good eye health. Since March is National Nutrition Month, don’t turn a blind eye to these helpful tips:
Before we talk about which nutrients are important for your vision, it’s important to understand what makes a good diet. Eat quality food, avoid junk (like burgers and pizza), and make sure your meals include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Also, consider talking to a nutritionist about your goals and health conditions.
So, how does a healthy diet affect your eye health? When it comes to vision, scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants—present in many berries— can reduce the risk of cataracts. Vitamin A helps prevent blindness. While Vitamin A is commonly found in carrots, it can also be found in eggs, as well as beef and chicken liver. Vitamin C plays an essential role in preventing glaucoma. That’s why you should welcome oranges and broccoli into your diet. Cold water fish are also a great food for your eyes: they contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great allies against age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
While everyone should pursue healthy vision, it’s particularly crucial for athletes, since excellent visual acuity also means better performance. In addition to using eye protection equipment—such as goggles for skiers and face mask for hockey players—athletes need to pay special attention to their diet. The overall recommendation is to eat foods with carotenoids, which are natural pigments found in fruits and veggies. There are three types of carotenoids that form the macular pigment of the eye and they affect contrast sensitivity, glare reduction, and visual reaction time.
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