5 Foods for Healthy Eyes

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We’ve all heard that carrots help keep our eye sight in good health, and although we might not understand the reasons why it’s such a positive food for eyes, we’ll eat them anyway in the hope that it’s not just an old wives’ tale. But – just so you know – Beta-carotene, a type of Vitamin A that gives carrots  their orange hue – helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly. But several other vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy eyes too.

Greens

Leafy greens are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that have been shown to help lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Macular degeneration is a disease that causes the gradual loss of sight due to blurring or loss of central vision. This is often as a result of a deterioration of the macula, a yellow pigmented structure at the back of the eye that is responsible for our detailed colour vision.

Citrus fruits and berries

As great sources of Vitamin C, citrus fruits and berries have also been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Almonds

These nuts are filled with Vitamin E, which is believed to slow muscular degeneration. Just one handful provides about half our daily dose of Vitamin E.