Autumn harvests produce a wide variety of nutritious and healthy foods that may benefit our eye health. Many of the foods in this season, may help to protect and prevent certain eye diseases, like macular degeneration and glaucoma, overall, improving our eye health.
Almonds are packed with antioxidants, vitamin E and other great nutrients. Just a handful of almonds a day can provide half of our recommended daily dose of vitamin E, which may slow or help to prevent macular degeneration.
Butternut squash contains carotenoids, zeaxanthin and lutein. These are known to help eye health. Research suggests that the more carotenoids one eats the greater protection from eye disease.
Cranberries are beneficial to the eyes as they are packed with nutritious, vitamins and minerals that are of particular benefit in maintaining eye health. Antioxidants present in most berries may help with dryness, lower blood pressure, vision defects and macular degeneration.
Pomegranates contain several vitamins and antioxidants that are seen to support eye health. Some of the vitamins include vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, B vitamins, fibre and potassium. Vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including collagen found in the cornea of the eye.
Pumpkins are rich in zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are all linked to eye health. They are said to lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants and promote good eye health.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene, this has been shown to slow the progression of macular degeneration. Your body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, this nutrient also helps with night-time vision and dry eyes. Beta-carotene and vitamin A may also help to reduce the risk of eye infections.
While enjoying the delicious foods this season has to offer, it is important to note that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are key components in maintaining eye health and our overall wellbeing. It is also important to schedule regular eye exams to monitor our eyes and detect any underlying eye conditions.
Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.
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