Eating Right for your eyes

People ask me what should I eat for eye health?  There are so many supplements out there which claim to be healthful for the eyes.  Billberry, Eye-brite, various eye vitamins, lutein, antioxidants, omega 3’s are all said to improve eye health.  In fact, scientific studies are a little inconclusive on what helps the eyes, but we do know that some anti-oxidant vitamins such as Vitamin C, E, and Zinc reduce the progression of some forms of Age related macular degeneration.  Lutein is thought to be eye healthy as well.  Omega 3’s are helpful for dry eyes, and may help for macular degeneration as well.

So what to do?  I recommend that you don’t worry about supplements from the drug store or health food store at all, but just make sure that your diet includes foods rich in these vitamins.  Make sure you eat fresh fruits and dark green leafy vegetables.  Green vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, etc. contain nutrients which are good for the eyes.  In addition, most fresh fruits contain valuable nutrients as well.
Happy Eating!


One comment on “Eating Right for your eyes

  1. Jocelyn Chang-Chuck says:

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