Good eye health starts with what you put into your body on a daily basis. Are you getting the right nutrients to support your eyes? Many eye issues can be prevented by taking the right nutrients and this includes conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Below are six of the best…

Carrots. These are highly nutritious, containing Vitamins A, C and E that can all prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. One of the leading causes of blindness is Vitamin A deficiency, particularly in developing countries. Eat more carrots if you want to have healthy eyes as they have the highest amount of Vitamin A compared to other vegetables.

Kale. This dark leafy green vegetable is filled with a variety of nutrients including lutein and zeaxanthin. These powerful nutrients can help to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and even prevent cataract symptoms. As more than 90% of over 65s have cataracts, it makes sense to avoid them so as to avoid the risks of eye surgery in the long term.

Avocados. The avocado is filled with 20 or more essential nutrients including Vitamin E, B-vitamins, folic acid, potassium and fiber. Avocados also contain 81mg of lutein that is a natural antioxidant which can help to maintain eye health, especially the macula in the eye as we get older.

Fruit. Oranges, kiwis and fruits are rich in Vitamin C and this can help with eliminating free radicals that damages the eyes. All of these fruits are also low in sugar while foods that are high in sugar can cause insulin levels to surge, causing insulin resistance over time. Eventually this insulin resistance causes eye pressure to worsen, particularly with glaucoma.

Eggs. These contain lutein and zeaxanthin, along with other nutrients such as amino acids, cysteine, lecithin and sulfur. All of these nutrients can help to fight cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Dark Chocolate. The flavonoids in dark chocolate can protect the blood vessels within the eye. When the blood vessels are strengthened, the corneas are vitalised. The Vitamin A and copper in dark chocolate are all believed to help prevent optic nerve damage and this can preserve vision in the long term. It is important to keep this in perspective and only enjoy in moderation however as dark chocolate is still high in fat and sugar that can damage health in the long term.

As you can see above, many of the most important nutrients for eye health include Vitamin A, C and E,  along with the antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin that can help to preserve vision and prevent many eye conditions from developing in the first place or improve already existing symptoms. Alongside eating these foods and following a healthy lifestyle, Robert Redfern of recommends taking MaxiFocus™ containing 24 super nutrients and antioxidants for good eye health. Active Life™ Capsules can also support a healthy immune system and normal recovery processes. It contains all essential vitamins, folic acid, along with 77 essential trace minerals and elements. While a good book to read for all eye conditions, is ‘Improving Eye Disease in 30 Days’ by Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications. This can be downloaded for free from Naturally Healthy News or purchased for your eReader/Kindle device: Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).