Source: Web exclusive: December 2008
Eye health is something that often gets neglected’other than getting our eyes checked for loss of vision, most of us don’t think about it. But did you know that there are nutrition choices you can make to help keep your eyes healthy in the long term? Here are seven top food picks from the CNIB, plus recipes to try using these ingredients. (Get the full list at cnib.ca.)
Why eat them: They contain vitamin A, which helps the retina function properly and lessens the risk of age-related macular degeneraton and cataracts.
Why eat them: They contain vitamin C, which may reduce the risk of cataract formation.
Why eat them: They contain vitamin E, which helps slow the progress of age-related eye disease and may help prevent cataracts.
Why eat it: It contains lutein, which may help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Cooking the broccoli, even lightly, helps release the lutein.
Why eat it: It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Why eat it: It contains zeaxanthin, which protects the eye from oxidization and light damage.
Why eat it: It contains zinc, which helps the body absorb antioxidants such as vitamin A.
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