While it is a popular belief among many people that it is natural or normal for your eyesight to become weaker as you age and because of eye strain, it is worth stating that this may not all be true as a healthy lifestyle can help significantly reduce the risk of eye health problems such as cataracts which cause cloudy vision, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, which can limit your eyesight, dry eyes, and poor night vision.
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According to Natalie Silver of Healthline, maintaining a well-balanced and healthy diet is vital to keeping your eyes healthy, and may be a great deciding factor in whether your risk for developing eye conditions will increase or otherwise. This is especially so when one considers the role ageing plays in the development of certain health conditions and weakening eyesight in many people as they get older.
It is generally believed by medical professionals that serious eye conditions that may occur due to ageing may be avoided by an increased intake of certain foods. Such foods are rich in a range of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, especially antioxidants. Nutrients such as zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, are particularly believed to help reduce the risk of age-related decline in eye health by 25%.
Fortunately, most of these eye-specific nutrients are present in large quantities in fruits, which are quite abundant around us. This article, would, therefore, be looking at four (4) fruits whose intake is linked to the maintenance of strong eyesight as people become older. Increasing your intake of these four fruits may help you reduce the risk of age-related eye problems including macular degeneration.
The 4 fruits are examined below:
According to Medicalnewstoday, nuts such as Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts are incredibly healthy and nutritious. One of the important nutrients they contain which further helps boost its impressive nutrient profile is its high omega-3 fatty acids content, which is an important nutrient for your eyesight. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, which can help protect your eyes from age-related damage.
2. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits represent another great fruit for your eye health, thanks to the range of nutrients they contain. Popular citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits are all incredibly healthy and their high vitamin C content makes them a great food item for your eyes. Just like vitamin E, vitamin C is also an antioxidant that can help fight free radicals that may damage eye cells, thus reducing your risk of age-related eye health issues.
When you talk of fruits that have incredibly high levels of both vitamin A and beta carotene, then carrots would be one of the first few fruits to mention. These two nutrients are particularly crucial for keeping the eye strong and preventing age-related eye problems. Vitamin A, for example, is a component of a protein called rhodopsin, which helps the retina to absorb light. Beta carotene, on the other hand, helps reduce the oxidative stress all light puts on your eyes.
4. Raw red/bell peppers
As stated earlier, vitamin C is one of the most essential nutrients for eye health, and while it is present in many fruits, none of those fruits, including citrus fruits, have as much vitamin C as bell peppers. According to WebMD, this high vitamin C content is great news for the blood vessels in your eyes as it could help lower your risk of developing cataracts. However, since heat can make vitamin C escape, it is recommended you eat raw fruits containing it.
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