Means to Better Vision

Mira Pawar By Mira Pawar, 1st Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It is an age old myth that only carrots help in restoring and improving eye sight. Recent theories though have much more to suggest and believe that there are other food which is also essential in keeping eyes healthy.

Restoring Good Eye Sight

It is an age old myth that only carrots help in restoring and improving eye sight. Recent theories though have much more to suggest and believe that there are other food which is also essential in keeping eyes healthy.

For those who think spinach is a tasteless green vegetable to include in a meal are completely wrong. Studies have proved that spinach, broccoli and eggs are packed with two antioxidants-lutein and zeaxanthin which helps to protect the eye from retinal damage and the onset of cataract and age related macular degeneration.

Another important source is the consumption of Vitamin C. Vitamin C enriched fruits and vegetable like oranges, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and red bell pepper help to support the blood vessels in the eye and also reduce the risk of cataracts.

Peanuts which are an all time favourite, is believed to be a very useful source of vitamin E for protecting eyes from free-radical damage. Vitamin E helps to slow down the development of cataracts as well as age related macular degeneration. The other sources of vitamin E are almonds and sunflower.

Zinc is also an important mineral which is very good to maintain healthy eyes. A good source of Zinc can be derived from red kidney beans, oysters, beef, seafood, poultry and pumpkin seeds. Substantial amount of zinc helps with night vision and prevents cataract. Seafood, poultry and pumpkin seeds are also considered very good source to maintain healthy eyes.

Lack of Omega-3 in your diet may lead to dryness in the eyes. Good omega-3 sources are derived from consuming tuna, sardines, walnuts and flaxseeds. Another good source of omega-3 is Salmon which slows down eye diseases. It is believed that the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be reduced by consuming diet high in fibre like brown rice, whole oats, and whole wheat bread.

If you are having trouble with you vision in the night then apricots could be an answer to your problem. Apricots are rich in beta carotene which converts into vitamin A in the body. Cantaloupe, carrots and sweet potatoes are also good source of beta carotene. Keep your intake of red meat, sugar and refined food to the minimal if you want good and healthy eye sight.

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Lutein Protect Eyes, Zinc For Eyes

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I completed my journalism from ICS, Scranton in the year 1996 and specialise indoing feature stories

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