Vitamin A is likely to be the one you’ve heard about, when it comes to healthy eyes. Did your parents ever tell you that carrots will help you to see in the dark? Not strictly true, but carrots are one of the most abundant sources of beta-carotene — a precursor to vitamin A.
What vitamin A and beta-carotene do, is protect the surface of the eye — the cornea — and the underlying structures. Some lubricating eye drops contain vitamin A, too.
Beta carotene is an antioxidant, which means it helps to combat harmful free radicals, which over time, can do damage to your eyes. MyVitamins Complete Antioxidant is a potent blend of the nutrients you need. You’ll also find antioxidants loaded into foods such as:
- Peppers and onions
- Berries (blueberries, especially)
- Greens, leafy green like kale are great
- Oily fish
You don’t just get the antioxidant benefits from eating these foods, either. Some, like the oily fish and eggs, contain omega fatty acids, which can help to protect your blood vessels. In people with type II diabetes, blood vessels can become damaged, leading to sight loss. Anything you can do to protect your blood vessels, is great for the delicate ones inside your eyes.
Here are some ways to keep your blood vessels and cardiovascular system healthy:
It doesn’t matter what you do, it could be yoga, running, weightlifting, swimming, just move and get your heart rate up. As long as you’re exercising most days, you’re doing a great job at keeping your blood vessels in shape.
Reduce alcohol intake
Drinking alcohol every once in a while is fine, but regular drinking damages your blood vessels. If you’ve ever seen someone who does have a real struggle with alcohol, you might noticed blushing or broken vessels around their face. That’s indicative of what’s going on inside.
Likewise with smoking. Smoking is generally awful for your health, but specific to eye health, smoking doubles the risk of changes in the lens of your eye, resulting in cloudy vision.
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