Eyes foremost need vitamin A. But other important eye-protecting nutrients are vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene (vitamin A precursor) and an antioxidant called lutein, which helps protect the eyes from free radical damage caused by the sun. What’s more, research shows Omega-3 fatty acids may help protect eyes from retinal degeneration and ease the discomfort of dry eyes.
These seven foods are packed with nutrients that help keep kids’ eyes healthy:
- CARROTS provide vitamin A and the potent antioxidant beta carotene. And as a great source of potassium and fiber, carrots are good for the rest of the body as well.
- SWEET POTATOS are also rich in vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium and fiber, just like carrots. Must be because they’re orange too!
- STRAWBERRIES are packed with vitamin C, plus folate (a B vitamin), fiber and an array of cancer-preventing phytonutrients.
- ORANGES are vitamin C bombs and contain potassium, fiber, calcium and folate.
- ALMONDS Almonds contain vitamin E, along with monounsaturated fatty acids.
- SPINACH is laden with lutein. Eating lots of green leafy vegetables lowers the risk of macular degeneration. The other good stuff in spinach is iron, vitamin K and folate.
- SALMON contains more omega-3 fatty acid than any other fish or seafood.