The 10 Best Foods for Eye Health

January 15, 2018 9:56 pm Categorised in: ,

The 10 Best Foods for Eye Health


It’s a brand new year and time to reassess, regroup and refresh for the time ahead. All of us are eager to feel better, get fit and get healthy.

 

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) is giving us a timely reminder to keep an eye on our peepers.

 

There are 54,810 people with sight loss in Ireland (Census) 2016 and that figure is set to rise as our population ages.

 

Eye health is of paramount importance so as well as getting regular eye checks, here are some super healthy foods which will help to benefit your eyes.

 

They’ll benefit your figure too so it’s a win win!

 

1. Avocados

 

Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense foods that exist, so it’s no wonder they’re great for your eyes. They contain more lutein than any other fruit. Lutein is important in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts.

 

They are also a great source of other important eye nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.

 

2. Carrots

 

Carrots have long been recognized as an eye food due to their high levels of vitamin A.

 

3. Broccoli

 

 

Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, lutein, zeaxanthin and sulforaphane.

4. Eggs

 

Eggs are an excellent source of eye nutrients like vitamin A, zinc, lutein, lecithin, B12,

vitamin D and cysteine.

 

5. Spinach

 

Another great source of vitamin A, spinach also contains other important eye nutrients including lutein and zeaxathin.

 

6. Kale

 

Like spinach, kale is a good source of vitamin A, lutein and zeaxathin.

 

7. Tomatoe

 

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and lycopene, two important eye nutrients.

 

 

8. Sunflower Seeds

 

 

Sunflower seeds contain selenium, a nutrient that may prevent cataracts and promote overall eye health.

 

9. Garlic

 

Garlic contains selenium and other eye nutrients such as vitamin C and quercetin.

 

10. Salmon

 

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining overall eye health. It also contains folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and vitamin A.

 

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For further information contact Sally McEllistrim NCBI 01 8821975/ 086 9471600