How many times did your parents tell you that eating carrots could help you see in the dark? Countless, of that we’re sure. But in reality, their constant naggings for you to eat your greens may actually have had a grain of truth in them after all, since it turns out that you might in fact be able to improve your eyesight by eating certain foodstuffs.
What we need to maintain good eyesight are key chemicals like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can be found in quite a lot of the food that we eat on a daily basis. If you’re not a fan of rabbit food, then you’re not really in luck since the best food sources for both lutein and zeaxanthin are green and leafy vegetables.
To give yourself a lutein boost, stock up on spinach (eat it either boiled or chopped fresh to get the most out of it), serve yourself some kale (which you can have in a smoothie or in soup if you’re not a huge fan), or start eating a few more eggs. Apparently, studies have been done that show that eggs are one of the best sources of lutein after fruit and vegetables, but try not to eat too many as you can drive your cholesterol up if you do.
For more zeaxanthin in your diet, get yourself some turnip greens, collards, sweetcorn, papayas, oranges and tangerines, and you’ll be well on your way to good eye health.
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