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Healthy Foods for Healthy Eyes This Thanksgiving

Healthy Food For Your Eyes This Thanksgiving
Food is usually something people think of just to fill their bellies but it can also be something that helps out the rest of their bodies.  Different foods help different parts of your body.  There are even foods that can help improve eye health.  Healthy eyesight is something that everyone should be thankful for and this Thanksgiving it is easy to incorporate some eye healthy foods that can help out your whole family.

Healthy eating habits may delay age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although there is no cure for AMD, studies show that eating certain foods may reduce the risk of AMD, or slow its progression in some people.

So, what type of foods should you eat?

  • Most fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, green peppers and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils (safflower and corn oil), almonds, pecans, wheat germ and sunflower seeds.
  • For beta-carotene, try deep orange or yellow fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, mangos, apricots, peaches, sweet potatoes and carrots.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, and asparagus are the primary sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • Good sources of zinc include beef, pork, lamb, oysters, eggs, shellfish, milk, peanuts, whole grains and wheat germ.
  • Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are leafy green vegetables, nuts, fish, and vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and especially flaxseed."
VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest not-for profit vision care company, has come out with some great resources to learn more about eye healthy foods.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving from Avery Ranch Eye Care!