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The Benefits Of Thanksgiving On Your Vision

Thanksgiving brings together people and it’s the one time of the year where you can guarantee your eyes will be bigger than your stomach.

There are many health benefits that come with Thanksgiving dinner, especially when it comes to your eyesight and vision health. Here are just a few classic Turkey Day dishes that will leave your eyes searching for more:

Sweet Potatoes 
These hearty potatoes are packed full of nutrients, including vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamins B5 and B6. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for good optical health and helps to stop the process of macular degeneration and age-related problems in the cornea and retina. Vitamin C also aids in the process of this, while also helping to reduce your risk of developing cataracts.

Turkey
This holiday staple is loaded with zinc, which offers many different benefits for our vision. Not only can zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its associated vision loss, but it also has a significant effect on the development and progression of cataracts. Turkey is also considered a good source of vitamins B3 and B6.

Cranberries
This beneficial fruit can help to protect your eyes from many different types of eye conditions. For instance, the nutrients vitamin A and vitamin C in cranberries help to prevent cataracts and MAC, conditions which both result in dangerous vision changes or even vision loss.

This Thanksgiving, whether you plan to spend the day relaxing with your family, watching some holiday football or gearing up for the chaotic Black Friday sales, be sure that you leave plenty of room in your time and schedule for your Thanksgiving feast.

Consuming these classic Turkey Day concoctions will not only keep your stomach full and satisfied but will also help promote healthy eyes and vision for many holidays to come.