How to Improve Eye Health With Nutrition

How to Improve Eye Health With Nutrition

Your eyes can be affected by many conditions, diseases, pollutants and the natural process of aging. Preventing a serious condition is easier than treating it. It's important to maintain the amounts of vitamins and minerals your body requires. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, in addition to taking a multi-vitamin. Be sure to schedule regular eye exams.

Things You'll Need
  • Vitamins A, B complex, E, and C
  • Bioflavonoids
  • Spirulina
  • Bilberry
  • Minerals (copper, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and chromium)
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lycopene
  • Garlic
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Amino acis (cysteine and taurine)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Gingko
Tips

1. Treat glaucoma with plenty of vitamin A. A vitamin A deficiency can result in increased eye pressure. Vitamin B complex can also help, as can bioflavonoids (antioxidants present in plant foods), vitamin E, and spirulina, which can help improve vision loss due to glaucoma.

2. Supplement your diet with bilberry preserves to improve your night vision. Bilberry is also available in a supplement. Bilberry helps strengthen collagen, destroy free radicals, and improve the flow of blood and oxygen to the eye.

3. Reduce the probability of getting cataracts by including lots of antioxidants in your diet. They destroy free radicals, the cause of most cataracts. Supplements that may help include vitamins C, A, E, and B complex, as well as copper, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and chromium. Lowering your sugar intake can also help.

4. Avoid macular degeneration with a daily regimen multi-vitamin that includes B complex, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, zinc, and lycopene. Other helpful supplements include garlic, lutein, zeaxanthin, bioflavonoids, and the amino acids cysteine and taurine.

5. Treat dry eyes with essential fatty acids, found in evening primrose oil. You can also try gingko, potassium, and vitamins C, E, and B complex. It's also helpful to avoid refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.