Drinking cod liver oil was something self-sacrificing people of older generations did for healthy eyes; unfortunately for them it tasted awful. Luckily, nowadays it's very easy and pleasurable to get nutrition and great eye sight just through eating tasty food.
Salmon, Tuna, Sardines and Halibut
Fish oil from fatty or cold water fish like Salmon, Tuna, Halibut and Sardines contains omega-3 acids. The potential benefits from this when used along with eye drops include reducing dry eye symptoms like burning, stinging, redness and intermittent visual disturbances. Research links eating fatty acids from fish, with reducing the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. There's no better reason to cook up some wonderful tuna or salmon steak!
Red, Green and Yellow Peppers
Five to nine servings of brightly coloured vegetables each day, contains the optimal amount of antioxidants. These are excellent for protecting against all forms of cancer, and strengthen the eyes by reducing the damage from oxidising agents (free radicals) that circulate around the body and can result in eye diseases related to age.
Lutein is one such powerful antioxidant that is found specifically in spinach and kale, sweet corn, peas and broccoli. Why not cook up a delicious vegetable bake using these ingredients and give your eyes a treat?
Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Cantaloupe
These foods are high in pro vitamin A carotenoids. They also contain betacarotine; the most effective and powerful vitamin needed for eye health. Vitamin A helps treat dry eye conditons when used in tandem with eyedrops. You can get vitamin A-infused eye drops that are incredibly effective.
This helps to protect the cornea in our eyes and is therefore essential for good vision in people of all ages. For strong and healthy bones, and a healthy immune system, try eating these vegetables. The vitamin A in carrots makes the membranes on the surface of the eye and skin stronger. This means that it provides an effective barrier against both bacterial and viral infections.
Chicken, Beef, Liver, Cheese and Whole Milk
These animal-sources of vitamin A retinol, have similar effects as the other sources for protecting and strengthening eye health. Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin A from these sources plays an integral role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration. A combination of vitamin A and lutein may prolong good, healthy vision in people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
The results are in, it's now easier than ever to look after eye health with some healthy and fresh foods, there are some delicious recipes out there involving these ingredients, so go wild!
Athena Dennis blogs about health for Direct Sight.