I’m as blind as a bat. Well, maybe not technically—but without my glasses on or contacts in, the world is a fuzzy, blurry place. But even with my “I’ll never be a pilot or an astronaut with NASA” eyes, I value them and expect them to work for me throughout my lifetime.
With that expectation, I need to keep in mind the importance of protecting my vision. March is “Eye Health Month”—what a great time to think about foods that are good for your vision and look at ways to add more to your menu. Thankfully there are lots of delicious, healthy foods that are good for your eyes and the rest of your body.
- Fruit: Researchers found that eating three or more servings of fruit per day lowered people’s risk of getting age-related macular degeneration by 36 percent. Berries and fruits that contain antioxidants may protect the eye from damage and strengthen capillaries that bring blood to the eyes.
- Greens and Broccoli: Dark leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, are excellent for vision because of the lutein and zeaxanthin they contain—two antioxidants that help vision. Kale has vitamins A and C—and vitamin C has been found to reduce the risk of cataracts. If you’re looking for a great kale recipe, try the bean and sausage stew from CobornsDelivers.com—it’s excellent, flavorful, and the kale is surprisingly tasty. Broccoli is another super-healthy food that is rich in antioxidants.
- Carrots: Yes, carrots are good for your eyes, as many of us have heard growing up. They’re rich in vitamin A, which is essential for good vision. Other foods high in vitamin A include eggs, milk, kale, and liver.
- Sweet potatoes: My five-year-old loves it when I steam sweet potatoes for her. And I know how healthy they are—rich in fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C, and antioxidants. They have properties that have been associated with preventing degenerative eye diseases.
- Green Tea: This may be a drink, not a food, but is worthy of note. Green tea is chock full of antioxidants, and researchers have found that they may help protect the retina.
- Fish: The omega-3s found in fatty coldwater fish, such as salmon, have also been linked to reducing the risk of macular degeneration.
The good news is that we have lots of delicious foods to eat that will protect our eyesight. If you’re in a rut recipe-wise, pick out one of the foods from the list above and look on line for a recipe that sounds fun to try. You can also look at CobornsDelivers.com for easy meal ideas. Enjoy some delicious food while protecting your baby blues—or, in my case, blind-as-a-bat browns! Hopefully our eyes will stay healthy and serve us for many decades to come.