While we all know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and the importance to our overall health to maintain a healthy diet, it’s interesting to note that there are actually particular foods that specifically benefit the eyes, to the extent that they may even protect against developing such conditions as age-related macular degeneration.
To provide the most benefit for your vision and that of your senior loved ones, keep an eye out for these eye-healthy foods and try to incorporate them into each day’s meal plan:
- Fruits and Veggies: Among the many other nutritional boosts gained from consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, the eyes gain strength through the antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, that provide protection to and fight oxidation in the retina and lens, reducing the risk of degeneration. Seek out those fruits and veggies that are dark or brightly colored, such as:
- Collard greens
- B Vitamins: In particular, foods high in vitamins B6 or B12 have shown promise in protecting the eyes against the development of AMD. Conversely, including too much red meat, which is high in B12 but higher in iron, can increase oxidative stress in the retina. Instead, stick to these foods that are high in B6 or B12:
- Chicken and other poultry
- Dairy products
- Fish and shellfish
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Not only does the beneficial DHA in omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, it also benefits those with dry eye syndrome and may improve overall visual function. Research has shown, however, that the benefits to eye health are only realized through foods naturally containing omega-3, and not from supplements. Look for foods such as:
- Dark, leafy greens
Nightingale Homecare provides a variety of professional Phoenix home care services to enhance the health and wellbeing of the seniors in our care, including the planning and preparation of meals to improve eye health as well as overall health and wellbeing. We’ll even pick up the groceries and clean up afterwards! We’re just a phone call away at 602-504-1555, and are here for you and your senior loved ones 24/7, according to what best suits your schedule. We look forward to partnering with you in helping your senior loved ones to thrive, right in the comfort of home!