To maintain eye health, it’s important to eat a varied diet that is rich in carentenoids and antioxidants.

Carenentoids are the organic pigments in plants and algae. Carotenoids serve two key roles in plants and algae: they absorb light energy for use in photosynthesis, and they protect chlorophyll from photodamage. 

Antioxidants are obtained by humans through the consumption of certain foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the primary source of antioxidants. Nuts and grains are also a good source of antioxidants and some meats, poultry and fish can provide antioxidants to the system.

Antioxidants have a long proven history of improving eye health. 

Your Diet and Eye Health

Foods like red peppers, sunflower seeds, raw leafy greens, eggs, squash, broccoli, fish and sweet potatoes are all good foods to eat for eye health.

Foods that contain a good amount of vitamins A, C, E, B6,9,12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega 3s, & Thiamine are excellent for your eyes.

Research suggests that certain vitamins and nutrients may help prevent or slow the progression of several different eye conditions.

Supplements may be beneficial if you suspect you’re missing any of these vitamins in your diet.

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy fats should provide you with all the nutrients your eyes — and the rest of your body — need for optimal health. However, in today’s world, the soils are so depleted that you would have to eat 40 bowls of spinach to get the equivalent in nutrients of what just one bowl got you in 1940. For this reason, it’s a good idea to supplement.