8 Good Eye Health Eating Musts

Anyone concerned with maintaining healthy eye function may want to add more broccoli, sardines and blueberries to their diet, according to the recommendations from an expert at Loyola University Chicago.

8 Good Eye Health Eating Musts

Newswise — You may remember your mother telling you to eat your carrots; they are good for your eyes. Well, she was right.

“Carrots are actually just one of the many foods, and supplements that contribute to good eye health,” says James McDonnell, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist, Loyola University Health System. “In some cases, eyesight can actually be improved depending on what you eat.” Dr. McDonnell is a professor and Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Ocular Realignment at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He treats children and adults at the Loyola Maywood and Oakbrook Terrace campuses.

Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is of particular importance. “Make a colorful plate, especially with greens, blues and reds,” says Dr. McDonnell, who has practiced ophthalmology for more than 20 years. “Certain foods have distinct benefits for the eyes in addition to overall health including many of the trendy superfoods such as kale, broccoli and sweet potatoes.”

Dr. McDonnell recommends the following nutrients and supplements for healthy vision.

• Astaxanthin. 

• Omega–3.

• Anthocyanins. 

• Vitamin D.

• Zeaxanthin. 

• Bioflavonoids.

• Beta-carotene.

• Lutein.

Many of these nutrients can help keep your eyes healthy, and some may even improve your eyesight, an eye doctor says. It’s particularly important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, said Dr. James McDonnell. McDonnell said healthy eating might help protect you from cataracts, macular degeneration — a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans — and even blindness.

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