As delicate as our eyes are, we do tend to take them for granted. It’s like we think that nothing that bad ever happens to anyone’s eyes. But statistics prove otherwise. About 1 in 20 Americans suffers from retina degeneration; and one out of two people over 80 have cataracts. The National Eye Institute has been studying this whole situation where healthy eyes seem impossible for people above a certain age. And they’ve been trying to establish if good, well-designed nutrition can stave off serious health problems like these. They’ve found that if you take the trouble to heap your plate with plenty of vitamins C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and anti-oxidants, you certainly stand a pretty good chance of never having your eyes die on you. The secret of course, is knowing what foods contain all of those strange ingredients above.
Remember being tired of how your mom would never stop telling you to eat your carrots up because they were good for your eyes? That isn’t some old tale that mothers got together and decided to lie to you about just to yank your chain. Carrots are full of an antioxidant called beta-carotene. And the great thing is, carrots go well with lots of foods.
Spinach isn’t just good to impress Olive Oyl and beat up Bluto with. It’s great for healthy eyes as well. It comes full of all kinds of eye contact thing nutrients — vitamins C, antioxidants, lutein, and zeaxanthin – retina-builders if ever there were any. Spinach can go quite well with any salad or omelette; and it makes a great dip. Now why is that popular cartoon sailor named to associate “squinky” pop-eyes and not healthy eyes with spinach?
Animal products can be particularly great for healthy eyes. Take ostrich or turkey meat. Ostrich meat is not exactly popular; but it should be. It cooks beautifully, absorbs seasoning wonderfully, and it’s rich and iron and zinc — two ingredients that really build your retina up. Researchers always notice how in older people who suffer from retina degeneration, the levels of zinc are particularly terrible. If you want to keep such a thing from happening to you, your diet’s zinc content is what you need to try to build up. Not interested in looking up specialty stores on the Internet to order ostrich meat? You could turn to turkey of course — and it’s rich in vitamin B as well.
But all of these are so ho-hum. You already have many reasons to eat any of these; what you’re interested in is an otherwise unhealthy habit that’s great for your eyes. Well, here it is: dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is already in the news for being great for your blood pressure, for your cholesterol and for your insulin sensitivity. But there’s new research that tells you that dark chocolate is rich in flavones and is great for your eyes. And it helps you see better in the dark.