Add in more of these for healthier vision for life
Our eyes have a big job, which is why taking care of them is extremely important. Without proper care, we risk the overall health of our eyes.
To make sure your eyes are on the road to good health, make sure you aim to increase you daily value of the following vitamins:
1. Beta-Carotene- Is a red/orange pigment that provides necessary support for eye health. You can find beta-carotene naturally in carrots, beets, red and yellow bell peppers.
2 & 3. Lutein & Zeaxanthin- Lutein and zeaxanthin, both carotenoids, are found to be highly concentrated in the macula. These carotenoids are found in foods such as egg yolks and dark, leafy green vegetables (e.g. spinach and broccoli). Lutein and zeaxanthin cannot be made by the body; therefore, they must be obtained from food or dietary supplements.
4. Lycopene– Another important carotenoid for good vision, lycopene is the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color. Tomatoes are full of lycopene and are great for supporting healthy eyes.
5. Omega-3 fatty acids- Fatty acids, a component of fat molecules, are important in keeping our eyes healthy. Omega-3’a are used by oil glands in the eye lid to make a healthy tear-film oil layer.
6. Grapeseed- Is a potent flavonoid and antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage and aids in proper circulation of blood flow to the eye.
7. Vitamin B6- Vitamin B6 aids in the proper absorption of magnesium. Magnesium helps the body produce the hormone prostaglandin E-7, which is necessary for tear production.
8. Vitamin C- A powerful antioxidant that helps to shield from free radicals in the normal aging process.
9. Vitamin E- Vitamin E plays an important role in protecting certain parts of the eye, which are particularly susceptible to oxidation.
10. Zinc- Zinc is an essential trace mineral.Zinc helps bring vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.