Nutrients thought to be responsible for eye protection include antioxidant vitamins and minerals, lutein and zeaxanthin, and the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). How can you get enough of these natural vision helpers? Load up on foods that deliver them:
lutein, zeaxanthin: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, corn, eggs, kale, nectarines, oranges, papayas, romaine lettuce, spinach, squash
omega-3 fatty acids: flaxseed, flaxseed oil, halibut, salmon, sardines, tuna, walnuts
vitamin A: apricots, cantaloupe (raw), carrots, mangos, red peppers (raw), ricotta cheese (part-skim), spinach, sweet potatoes
vitamin C: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, red peppers, strawberries
vitamin E: almonds, broccoli, peanut butter, spinach, sunflower seeds, wheat germ
zinc: chickpeas, oysters, pork chops, red meat, yogurt
Read the full-length article: "Top foods to help protect your vision"
Also in the August 2013 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:
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