Improve your vision by eating more vegetables

David Beaver

Your eyes are one of your body's most complicated and critical organs, and consuming the appropriate nutrients will keep them healthy and performing at their best long into the future. Whilst eating a diet rich in vegetables is usually beneficial to your health, specific vegetables are known for their ability to keep your eyes in tip top condition.  Here we'll look at the top three vegetables you should be eating to look give your eyes the best chance of staying healthy for longer.

First up its carrots.  As your mum will have told you when you were growing up, if you want to see in the dark then you better eat your carrots!  This is because carrots contain one of the finest nutrients for eye health called beta-carotene, and it is this that helps your eyes adjust to varied lighting conditions.  If you don't like carrots, keep a look out for any orange veggies, such as butternut squash as found in one of our most popular vegan ready meals the butternut squash lasagne and sweet potatoes, to keep your eyes in the best condition.

When Popeye ate his spinach, he had the correct idea, but he probably didn't realise that at the same time he also was giving his eyes the best chance to stay healthy.  Spinach contains the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein, which protect cells and the retina however it isn't the only leafy green veggie that works, Broccoli, Kale and Cabbage are all excellent sources of these antioxidants too so head down to your local greengrocers.

Oh and whilst we're speaking about broccoli, it's worth noting that this superfood not only includes lutein and zeaxanthin, but it also provides your body with awesome levels of vitamin C and other minerals. This cocktail of nutrients is also proven to help prevent macular degeneration, which can cause vision problems in elderly people.

So if you want to lower your risk of suffering from conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration as you get older keep your eyes peeled for vegetables that are high in the big three, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene as these are the veggies that are extra beneficial to your long term eye health. 

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