We know protein helps build our muscles. Calcium helps our bones. But what about our eyes? There are actually superhero nutrients that work for the benefit of your eyesight! Among them:
- Omega 3: A national Eye Institute study in 2009 found that people who ate oily fish at least once a week, which is an excellent source of Omega 3, reduced the risk of developing macular degeneration by as much as 50% compared to participants who did not consume a regular intake of Omega 3.
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin: As well as being present in many leafy plants, fruits and vegetables, there are also high concentrations of Lutein and Zeaxanthin found in the macula of the human eye. Their function is the same for humans as it is for the fruit and vegetables, to provide protection from harmful light reaching the underlying structures in the retina.