These five surprising foods will help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp.
March 15, 2013
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You've probably heard that carrots and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables promote eye health and protect vision, and it's true: Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly.
But eating your way to good eyesight isn't only about beta-carotene. Though their connection to vision isn't as well-known, several other vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy eyes. Make these five foods a staple of your diet to keep your peepers in tip-top shape.
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They're packed with lutein and zeaxanthinantioxidants that, studies show, lower the risk of
developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
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The yolk is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthinplus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk, according to Paul Dougherty, MD, medical director of Dougherty Laser Vision in Los Angeles.
They're filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an
ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.
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Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retinalow levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome, says Jimmy Lee, MD, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City.