Dr. Sampson Says to Eat These Superfoods to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

May 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Many people know that eating healthier foods helps contribute to a better and happier life, yet one of the less widely known benefits of a more nutrient-dense diet is the impact it can have in protecting eye health and eye sight.

“There are certain foods that are naturally full of vitamins that help provide specific nutrients to your eyes,” said Dr. Alan Sampson, Ophthalmologist and CEO of Creekside Medical Plaza in Lakeport, CA. “Green vegetables, oranges, legumes, and some fish can all promote healthier eyes. Often a large variety of colorful fruits and vegetables incorporated in your diet will provide you with essential vitamins to boost not only your eyes’ health, but also your overall well-being.”

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests people consume the following four foods to keep their eyes healthy:

  • Kale – Leafy, dark vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are believed to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Salmon – Fish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  • Oranges – Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which is important for eye health.
  • Beans – Legumes contain zinc, an essential mineral that may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.

There are many ways to include these foods in your diet. Some of our favorites are this simply delicious Kale salad, oven baked Salmon, fresh oranges and grapefruit, and white bean soup.

If you have any questions about how including these superfoods in your diet can help preserve your sight, please call your local ophthalmologist.

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