The 6 Essential Nutrients for your Eyes Health… Let’s keep an Eye on Nutrition.
You are already know that eating right is good for your general health. Did you know that it’s also essential for your eye health. The American Optometric Association (AOA), identify six essential nutrients that can protect your eyes. They are as follow:
1. Lutein 10 Mg per day. Lutein is a powerful antioxidants that defend your body against unstable molecules called free radicals. In excess, free radicals can damage your cells, contribute to aging and lead to the progression of diseases like heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Zeaxanthin 2 Mg per day. Zeaxanthin is also a powerful antioxidants that defend your body against unstable molecules called free radicals.
3. Omega-3 1000 Mg per day. Research by Cleveland Clinic shows that omega-3 fatty acids can improve your cardiovascular health. Most of this research involves EPA + DHA, and ALA can also help improve your health. Benefits of including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet include: Reduced risk of cardiovascular.
4. Vitamin C 500 Mg per day. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has several important functions. These include: helping to protect cells and keeping them healthy. maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.
5. Vitamin E 400 Mg per day. Vitamin E is a nutrient that’s important to vision, reproduction, and the health of your blood, brain and skin. Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties.
6. Zinc 25 Mg per day. Zinc, a nutrient found throughout your body, helps your immune system and metabolism function. Zinc is also important to wound healing and your sense of taste and smell. With a varied diet, your body usually gets enough zinc. Food sources of zinc include chicken, red meat
To get all the nutrients your eyes, you may need vitamin supplements in addition to what you eat. In addition to annual eye exams, I highly recommend the essential six nutrients outlined above as part of the plan to protect your precious asset, your eyes.
This blog is for general information only. For more information about nutrition for your eyes, call us at 407-292-9812 or consult your family doctor.
Dr. Lauretta Justin
Millennium Eye Center