What should you feed your eyes and why?

“Eat your carrots – they are good for your eyes!” How often had you heard this from your mom? Well, she was absolutely right and if you did not care for her advice then, it is high time you paid heed to it. Food that is nutrient-rich could reduce your chances of age related or deficiency related eye diseases like cataract, macular degeneration, and night blindness.

Fruits and vegetables like peaches, carrots, and apricots that are orange in color are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps the body to convert it into vitamin A – the essential nutrient that fights major eye diseases like glaucoma, cataract, and night blindness

Fish oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids that relieve ‘dry eye’ symptoms. Enrich your diet with food that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like Flaxseed oil, fish oil, salmon, and cold water fish.

Zinc protects retinal cells from antioxidant damage, helps support macula and retina health. Zinc also helps vitamin A to be released from the liver. Yoghurt, milk, spinach, peas, oysters, lentils, and beans are a great source of zinc.


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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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2 Responses to What should you feed your eyes and why?

  1. Mahesh S August 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Hi Sanjana,

    Thanks for the article. Want to take fish oil for Omega3, Vit b12 and it’s other benefits. Tried searching for a lot online, but no use.

    Could you please tell me any way I can buy it. If it is not online, a Bangalore location would be very helpful.

    Thanks in Advance.

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian September 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi Mahesh,

    You can buy it in any supermarket or pharmacy. It is easily available.

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