We all know the most important thing to do to protect our eyes and ears. We cover our eyes when we see an oncoming bug, ball, spear, fist, or any other torpedoing projectile. But we can't rely on eyelids, windshields and safety goggles for everything.
You know that saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach? Your diet is vital to your eye health too. Add foods rich in these vitamins, minerals and proteins to keep your vision strong.
Found in spinach, leafy green vegetables and corn, lutein seems to improve the health of your eyes by preventing oxidative damage to your retina. You can also take it in supplement format 1,000 micrograms twice a day.
Research shows that people who eat more fruits and vegetables (which contain vitamin C and other bioflavonoids) are less likely to develop eye conditions than those who eat fewer.
Eggs, garlic, avocados, asparagus, and onions have glutathione, which has been shown to be effective for preventing cataracts.
The Eye Cocktail
A large study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health found that certain vitamins, when taken together, can help prevent vision loss for those who have age-related macular degeneration. (It wasn't studied to show preventive powers for those who don't have the disease.)
The study found that those people who already had wet macular degeneration had a more than 25 percent reduction in their risk of vision loss if they took 500 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 international units of vitamin E, 15 milligrams of beta-carotene (yes, carrots are good for your eyes), 80 milligrams of zinc and 2 milligrams of copper every day in divided doses. P.S. We think that a lower dose of 30 milligrams of zinc is safer for longer periods of time.
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