Is that an E or an F… a U or a V… a C, a D or an O… a B or a P? Speaking of myself, I have never managed to differentiate between those letters during any eye test. Does this sound familiar to you? I am sure it does, as I can see quite a few of you reading this article with eyeglasses on! To be realistic, nutrition does not reverse poor vision; however, it does help promote better eye health and protect your eyesight. Want to know how to ACE your next eye test? Read along the exclusive details that will shock both the optician and the ophthalmologist. Bonus: this will not only improve your vision, but it will protect your eyes too.
Prescription 101: Munch on more carrots!
Bugs Bunny did not wear eyeglasses… and for good reason! With the heavy consumption of carrots, which are rich in vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene, he was able to maintain healthy vision all throughout the years. You see, carrots help protect the retina and help other parts of the eye function properly. Next time you slice a carrot in half crosswise, notice how it resembles your eye with radiating lines that look similar to your pupil and iris. That’s no coincidence!
Prescription 101: There’s more to better eyesight than just carrots!
Due to the fact that carrots have been put under the spotlight as promoters of better eyesight, many other equally important foods have been overshadowed. Here’s the full story: according to Harvard Health Letter, antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, omega 3 fats, vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, are all eye-healthy nutrients. What are their food sources?
- Lutein and zeaxanthin can be found in broccoli, corn, eggs, oranges, papayas, and spinach.
- Omega 3 fats can be found in salmon, sardines, tuna, flaxseed, and walnuts.
- Vitamin A can be found in apricots, carrots, mangos, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, kiwi, oranges, and strawberries.
- Vitamin E can be found in almonds, broccoli, and spinach.
- Zinc can be found in oysters, chickpeas, and yogurt.
Now that the magical nutrients for better eyesight and healthier eyes have been uncovered, the menu for the day before the next eye test is clearer than ever: Eggs and orange juice for breakfast, cooked salmon with oven baked sweet potato slices paired with spinach and broccoli salad for lunch, and sun-kissed fruit salad for dessert.