5 Foods You Didn’t Know Are Good for Your Eyes

Help for macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, night vision …

(WEBMD Eye Health)

Sweet potatoes
Orange-colored fruits and vegetables — like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots — are high in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that helps with night vision, your eyes’ ability to adjust to darkness.

One sweet potato also has more than half the vitamin C you need in a day.

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Choose orange fruits and vegetables, like sweet potatoes, to get the vitamins that support better vision. Photo by Stewart Black

Raw Red Peppers
Bell peppers give you the most vitamin C per calorie. That’s good for the blood vessels in your eyes, and science suggests it could lower your risk of getting cataracts.

Vitamin C is found in many vegetables and fruits, including bok choy, cauliflower, papayas, and strawberries. Brightly colored peppers also pack eye-friendly vitamins A and E.

Sunflower Seeds and Nuts
An ounce of these seeds or almonds has half the amount of vitamin E the USDA recommends for adults each day.

A large study found that vitamin E, together with other nutrients, can help slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from getting worse. It may also help prevent cataracts.

Dark, Leafy Greens
Kale, spinach, and collard greens, for example, are rich in both vitamins C and E. They also have the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

These plant-based forms of vitamin A lower your risk of long-term eye diseases, including AMD and cataracts.

Your retinas need two types of omega-3 fatty acids to work right: DHA and EPA. You can find both in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, and trout, as well as other seafood.

Omega-3s also seem to protect your eyes from AMD and glaucoma. READ THE FULL POST AT WEBMD. Also of interest: The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet