Foods for Brighter and Healthier Eyes

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

We have always been told that carrots are the super food for good eyes, which is true since they contain beta-carotene, which helps the retina and other parts of the eye work smoothly. However, you do not have to feed your child carrots all the time. Read on to find out other foods that can give your child brighter eyes.

Dark green leafy vegetables

Those kind of vegetables are the sources of antioxidants, which protect your body against the damage caused by radicals. They also contain lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, zinc, and iron besides dietary fiber. Lutein and zeaxanthin guard your baby’s eyes against ultraviolet rays. They are the best in controlling retinal damage, cataracts or glaucoma. Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, green peppers, and cucumber are the most common dark green leafies. You can easily find them at any grocery stores.

Yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables

Yellow and orange are the main colors of the vitamin A, carotenoid, vitamin C, folate, and other antioxidant phytonutrients. Research suggests that a high amount of carotenoid reduces the development of eye problems.

Red foods

Red foods usually contain vitamin C, lycopene, and other antioxidants which beat diseases and give your baby bright eyes and a healthy body. Studies have proven people with lower levels of lycopene and vitamin C are more likely to have eye troubles.

At the first place of this list are tomatoes due to its high quantities of lycopene. Other red foods worth mentioning are beetroots, apples, cherries, strawberries.

White meat and vegetables

White foods are known to contain a huge amount of beta-glucans. White vegetables and fruits include bananas, mushrooms, garlic, and whole grains. White meats include the white of eggs and fish (such as salmon and tuna). White fish is the rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, and EPA which prevent the development of eye diseases such as dry eye syndrome and macular. Add more fish to your daily meal to give your child’s health a boost.

Replacing carrots with other vegetables rich in vitamin A will give your baby a chance to enjoy different types of foods and not get bored of mealtime. Keep in mind that eating is just a small part of how to keep your baby’s eyes bright. Bright eyes are the result of diet in combination with a healthy lifestyle and personal habits.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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