While modern science may be making greater and greater advances in understanding how the human body works on a molecular level, it turns out that some of the oldest adages like “you are what you eat” and “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” are proving to be even more accurate than we ever imagined. The foods you eat have an impact on much more than just your weight or energy levels. Even your vision can be impacted by your diet.
Best foods for your vision
- Bell Peppers: Not only do these delicious, tasty treats add a pop of color to everything from salads to tacos, but they make a delicious crunchy snack all by themselves. Just a single medium red bell pepper contains 1.18 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, and 37 calories. And if that’s not enough to make you throw a handful of slices in your next stir fry, they also contain 100% of your daily intake of Vitamin C along with healthy doses of vitamins A, B, and E, folate, manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
- Carrots: It’s a safe bet that Bugs Bunny had excellent vision. In fact, the nutrient beta carotene – one of the primary nutrients found to be responsible for good vision, was actually named after this tasty orange snack.
- Blueberries: Antioxidant-rich blueberries have positive health benefits for everything from your heart, to your brain and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s. They can also help prevent glaucoma and other macular degeneration.
- Sweet Potatoes: If you’re not a big fan of carrots, sweet potatoes also offer an ample supply of beta carotene.
- Wild Salmon: Some fat is actually good for you – and even better for your eyes. Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, that have not only been linked to increased memory, alertness and brain function, but they also protect the blood vessels in your eyes.
- Leafy Greens: Foods like spinach, kale and broccoli contain high amounts of vitamin A and beta-carotene and are thought to help protect your eyes from sun damage and reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
While most of these foods will go a long way towards protecting your vision, they won’t do much to help repair already poor vision. But that’s where treatments like LASIK come in. LASIK can do for your vision what nature can’t – actually repair your eyes after they have been damaged or have already degenerated. ©