Nutrients for Healthy Eyes. Do I have to eat my carrots for good eye sight?
Have you ever wondered what nutrients you need to consume to help with healthy eyes?
There is so much more to healthy eyes and nutritional health then most people think.
Did you know that daily intake of certain nutrients – either through foods or supplements – has been linked to healthy eyes and may reduce the risk of some chronic eye conditions?
Consider the list below, and remember that the recommended daily intake of these essential nutrients typically requires supplementation in addition to exposure through traditional dietary sources. Ask your pharmacist or supplement retailer for additional details, and be sure to follow product directions. It is always important to consult your eye health professional or physician before beginning any new nutrition regimen, including when it changes your dietary supplement usage.
|Lutein||10 MG/Per day||Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards, or kale, corn, eggs or lutein supplements|
|DHA/EPA||500 MG/Per day||Flax or fleshy fish like tuna or salmon, or fish oil supplements|
|Vitamin C||500 MG/Per Day||Orange juice, other citrus and fortified juices, citrus fruits, Vitamin C supplements or multivitamins.|
|Vitamin E||400 IU/Per Day||Nuys, salad and vegetable oils, peanut butter, fortified cereals, sweet potatoes, Vitamin E, supplements or multivitamins|
|Zinc||40-80 MG/Per day||Red meat, poultry, oysters, fortified breakfast cereals, nuts, baked beans, milk or multivitamin|
Questions to discuss with your doctor of optometry:
I take a multivitamin everyday, is that enough?
No. Multivitamins may deliver nutrient amounts below the recommended daily allowance. While this might be sufficient for overall health, multivitamins typically deliver below the recommended level for eye health.
Does cooking lower the nutritional content of food?
No. Studies have found that chopping and sautéing vegetables actually increase the availability of certain nutrients from food.