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Food For Sight

March 21, 2011

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The old adage is food for thought, but these days we are more interested in food for our sight. Just like there are foods to help your digestive system and foods for your heart there are also good quality and nutritious foods that are good for improving your eyesight.

While many are happy to make do with their less than perfect eyesight and will just accept the use of glasses or contacts to boost their sight, this just isn’t the frame of mind for others. You can be proactive and eat the following foods for the benefits that they have for eyesight. In conjunction with some eye exercises you will limit the need for glasses or contact lenses, at least for a little while.

Carrots contain vitamin A which is essential for healthy eyes and sight. This is found in the antioxidant beta carotene. Carrots are one of the best choices for getting your daily quotient of recommended vitamin A, but if they are not your favorites then you can also try cabbage and dark green lettuce instead.

Spinach is a wonder vegetable that helps protect you against eye diseases. The carotenoid lutein which is found in spinach helps to protect your eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.

Fruits such as kiwis, oranges and certain berries are full of vitamin C. Vitamin C eliminates those free radicals which can cause damage to your eyes.

Soy is another of those recent wonder foods that have come into mainstream popularity over the past decades. Soy contains phytoestrogens, vitamin E and natural anti-inflammatory agents which are great at helping to promote healthy eyes.

Garlic contains sulfur which helps to make your lenses more resilient and stronger. If you don’t like the taste of garlic then feel free to try onions instead as they are also a great source of sulfur.

Eggs are absolutely amazing for eyes, no matter which way you choose to cook them. Eggs contain cysteine, sulfur, lecithin, amino acids and lutein. Not only do they promote good eyesight, they also help protect against cataracts.

Good quality dark chocolates contain flavonoids which protect blood vessels within the body including those in the eye. The strengthened blood vessels will increase the vitality of your cornea as well. Only pure good quality chocolate will work as it needs to have a high cocoa percentage. So eating a Hershey’s bar isn’t going to help you, even though you might find them rather tasty.

Some great tasting and healthy foods to improve your eyesight, and with the list including chocolate, everyone should be happy.

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