Like many of you, we find ourselves enjoying an abundance of fun outdoor activities during the summer. While many of us understand how important physical activity is for our overall health (including our eye health), many people are unaware of foods that promote great eye health.
While it’s no secret that carrots are good for your eyes, did you know that avocados are great for your eyes? In fact, recent studies have shown that including a healthy dose of avocados in your daily diet can provide a boost towards your vision health!
With National Avocado Day quickly approaching on July 31, let’s take a quick look at the eye health benefits of avocados. We’ve also included a recipe - try it out and let us know how you like it!
Why are avocados good for your eyes?
Avocados are rich in antioxidant vitamins A, vitamin E and carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. In fact, a regular sized avocado from your grocery store shelf contains in total about 18 essential vitamins and minerals!
Lutein and zeaxanthin in particular, can be thought of as an eye-vitamin superhero duo that together can help lower the risk of developing eye conditions and diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). So the next time you watch the next marvel superhero movie in awe, don’t forget about that avocado sitting in your fridge waiting to be consumed in your next meal!
How much avocado should I eat in a day?
In general, we recommend eating no more than one avocado a day so that your eyes get the necessary amount of antioxidants and nutrients to keep them healthy. Remember, you can actually overdo even the healthiest of foods. Consuming a good variety of other fruits and vegetables is equally important for a well balanced diet.
Why are antioxidants good for your eyes?
Antioxidants are known to help prevent eye conditions such as cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye, which causes cloudy vision. Antioxidants can also help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a disease that causes blurring of your central vision. Consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants (such as avocados) can help fight off these two conditions and other potential eye conditions.
Is vitamin A good for your eyes?
Vitamin A is essential for optimal eye health. Vitamin A is a component of rhodopsin, which is a protein found in your eyes that helps you see in low light conditions. Some research suggests that diets containing high levels of vitamin A could be associated with lower risks of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Is vitamin E good for your eyes?
Research suggests that vitamin E plays an important role in protecting certain parts of our eyes from eye conditions and diseases. Vitamin E helps neutralize oxidation. This is important, as conditions such as cataracts are believed to be formed by oxidation in the lens of your eye, which causes cloudy vision.
Is zinc good for your eyes?
Zinc plays an important role in bringing vitamin A from your liver to your retina. This helps produce melanin. Melanin is a protective pigment in your eyes. Diets with higher levels of zinc have been linked to better night vision and lower risks of developing cataracts.
Here are some delicious and healthy avocado recipes that you might want to try!
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