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Eating for Better Eye Health

The saying really is true, “You are what you eat!” Making healthy food choices isn’t just about keeping our waistlines in control.  When we don’t give our bodies all the necessary nutrients, our health begins showing signs of deterioration at a much faster rate. This applies to the health of your eyes as well. Try incorporating some of these foods into your daily routine to help your vision stay crisp and your eyes remain healthy for life.

Dive into some salmon and other seafood - Fish and shellfish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential for a healthy retina. Shellfish, in particular, are rich in zinc, a mineral that also correlates with a healthy retina. By eating a regular serving of seafood, you can decrease your risk for age-related macular degeneration and other eye-related diseases.

Get egg-cited for some eggs - Before writing off eggs (yolk and all) because of their cholesterol count, first consider the great benefit they have for your eye health. This particular food gives our body more lutein and zeaxanthin per serving than any other food. These two kinds of carotenoids also help to reduce your risk for macular degeneration. Try making a scramble once a week for breakfast or dinner. Include one or two eggs, potato, lots of vegetables and spices.

Bump up the antioxidants – Foods such as blueberries, almonds, avocado and acidic fruits are full of antioxidants all ready to help fight off free radicals living inside your retina. Eliminating these free radicals keeps the cells in your eye healthy and full of oxygen. Antioxidants may also help to protect your macula from the intense rays of the sun, particularly helpful in our sunny Arizona weather!