Colorful fruits and vegetables can lead you to good dental and vision health. This St. Patrick’s Day, follow the rainbow to these healthy choices.
- Strawberries provide a great source of vitamin C, which helps maintain gum health and lowers your risk of developing cataracts.
- Red peppers also contain vitamin C, in addition to anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Pumpkin is filled with eye-friendly nutrients like magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc.
- Carrots have lots of vitamin A and lutein and beta-carotene, instrumental to vision health. Vitamin A also helps keep mucous membranes healthy and prevents dry mouth.
- Sweet potatoes have vitamin E that fights inflammation, protects cells in the eyes from damage and can fight against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Butternut squash is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium that helps neutralize acids that remove calcium from the body.
- Yellow peppers, like red, have anti-inflammatory benefits along with vitamin C.
- Cheese gives you calcium, famous for building strong bones and teeth.
- Leafy greens contain vitamin K – good for your dental and vision health. This vitamin can help block substances that break down your bones, promoting good bone density. Leafy greens also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which can reduce the risk of some eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Broccoli contains folic acid that is good for the health of your gums. It also contains vitamin A.
- Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K.
- Eggplant has a handful of nutrients for your mouth and eyes – vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. Folic acid in eggplant builds strong bones and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Acai berries, a newly popular choice, have antioxidants to strengthen your immune system.