Did you know that the different kinds of food you put into your body can have an effect your eye health? Eating healthy is not just good for your eyes but good for your whole body. Below we have compiled a ‘HLV Shopping List’ filled with foods that promote overall eye health and help reduce the risk of developing eye disease down the track.
Introducing more cold-water fish into your diet that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help protect against problems such as dry eyes, macular degeneration and cataracts. This means fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout and anchovies. Not a fan of fish? You can get your daily dose of omega-3 by taking fish oil or vegetarian supplements!
We’re looking at our Spinach, our Kale and Collard greens. These are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin (plant pigments) which can help halt the development of macular degeneration (MD) and cataracts. Other options include broccoli, peas and avocado!
Throw out the white bread and white rice for quinoa, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread and pasta. Whole grains are packed with vitamin E, zinc and Niacin which all promte overall eye health. Better yet, a diet with a low glycemic index (GI) can help reduce the risk of developing age-related MD later on in life.
Nuts such as pistachios, almonds and cashews are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E which help boost your eye health. Did you know one handful of Almonds contains half your daily dose of vitamin E?