6 Nutrients Your Eyes Want You To Get More Of
We think of carrots as food for your eyes because they’re high in vitamin A, an essential nutrient for eye health. But vitamin A isn’t the only nutrient needed to keep your peepers safe from degenerative diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
To keep your eyes sharp, you need a diet rich in 6 types of vision-boosting nutrients, according to Andrea Thau, OD, President of the American Optometric Association.
While a heart-healthy diet—that means fish at least twice a week and 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables—should be sufficient, Thau suggests discussing your diet with your eye doctor. “How much of each nutrient you need will be different for everyone,” she says. “And people with certain nutrient deficiencies might have to take supplements on top of a healthy diet.” (Heal your whole body with Rodale’s 12-day liver detox for total body health!)
Here, the nutrients (and nutrient-dense foods) that could save your eyes.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are both carotenoids located in the eye that have been shown to have antioxidant properties. Since oxidative stress has been associated with damage to the optic nerve, which contributes to glaucoma and other vision problems, antioxidants like these two can prevent further eye damage, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Both nutrients can be found in dark leafy greens, which are also high in nitrate—another nutrient some research says can prevent oxidative stress.
Eat these foods: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, collard greens, corn, eggs, kale, nectarines, papayas, romaine lettuce, squash…