FOODS TO KEEP YOUR EYES AND BODY HEALTHY
Eyes are the second most complex organ after the brain.Nature has just what you need for energy boosts and vision protection. Get the most from what you eat by choosing a variety of colorful produce that’s rich in antioxidants. Bump up your nutritional intake by selecting foods with selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, zinc, and omega-3 fats. Throw together a colorful salad or steam some vegetables for a terrific side dish, or grab some fresh fruit or vegetables for a wholesome snack.
1 . Sweet Potatoes
This bright-orange root vegetable provides beta carotene, just like carrots. For an easy and fun way to get your vitamins, cut a sweet potato in thin strips. Roast the strips in the oven with a little olive oil and your choice of spices and you’ll soon be enjoying sweet potato fries.
2 . Spinach, Kale, and other Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
Deep green and leafy, spinach is filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, and loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants act like a natural sunscreen for your eyes and they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Use spinach in salads, steam it, or mix up a low-cal spinach artichoke dip and scoop it up with carrot and bell pepper stick
3 . Turkey
This all-purpose protein is delicious in chili, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and more. It’s also loaded with zinc and B-vitamin niacin, which can help prevent cataracts.
4 . Carrots
These portable vegetables are perfect for on-the-go snacking. “Eating carrots won’t make you see better than you already do, but there is a lot of truth in the idea that they can help protect vision,” says Dr. Carr. “Carrots contain a lot of vitamin A, and there have been several studies recently showing that this vitamin – along with vitamins C and E – helps to reduce the impact of both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Toss them in your salad, dip them in hummus, or just munch on them plain for a flavorful burst of nutrition.