Vision problems such as cataracts, are affecting millions of people. However, progress of these eye diseases can be slowed down by intaking vitamins A, C, E, zinc, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids into our system. Learn which foods can slow down the development of diseases that impair our vision.
Experts believe that the best way to get these minerals, vitamins and antioxidants into our body is with food rather than supplements.
Here are the foods that can positively affect your vision:
Vitamin C has great health benefits. It can have positive effect on the blood vessels and can reduce the risk of getting cataract.
By getting 500 mg of vitamin C daily you can slow down the development of advanced degeneration of the eye up to 25 percent, and loss of eyesight by 19 percent, especially in people who are at high risk of getting these diseases.
Oysters are the largest source of zinc, a mineral that is essential for eye health. Zinc allows vitamin A to produce a pigment called melanin, which protects the eyes and is associated with better night vision.
Experts recommend from 40 to 80 mg of zinc per day, the equivalent amount of 6 oysters. However, given the price and availability, oysters are out of reach for most people, but there are other good sources of zinc such as beef, beans and nuts.
Cooked kale is rich in antioxidants that are also found in our eyes.
Peanuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which are the key ingredients for good health. It has been proven that vitamin E prevents cataracts and other eye degeneration. People suffering from low levels of omega-3 fatty acids are more susceptible to developing eye diseases which can lead to blindness.