May is Healthy Vision Month

It’s no secret that there are benefits to having a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. But do you know just how much these dietary essentials can benefit your vision?

Here Are a few simple ways to help prevent the common causes of vision loss – cataracts and macular degeneration – with nutrition.

 

The air and light that we are exposed to every day generates little oxygen fragments (oxidants) that are damaging to our eyes. The good news is that consuming foods rich in antioxidants can help slow this damage.

An antioxidant is an organic substance capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation in tissues. According to Dr. Steven Pratt, “the antioxidants and nutrients that are linked to a lower risk of eye disease include lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E”.

Foods high in these antioxidants include:

  • All colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Spinach

A healthy, well balanced diet is the cornerstone for total health. By consuming as little as eight servings a day of your colorful favorites, you could also help protect your sight.

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