Like every part of our body, our eyes need to be nourished as well. Most of us know that vitamins are important to health, but did you know that there are specific nutrients that may help maintain healthy vision and even improve visual function as well.
Here are some essential nutrients that can promote healthy vision, improve visual performance and may reduce the occurrence of certain eye diseases.
If we are constantly consuming a multivitamin, we are on the right track to not only good health but to good eyesight as well. Studies have shown that the long-term use of multivitamins, B vitamins speficially thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and B12 and vitamin A supplements was associated with reduced prevalence cataracts. Other nutrients which are found in a multivitamin which have potential benefits for glaucoma include vitamin B12 and magnesium.
Another nutrient which is important to the eyes is zinc. Zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays a vital role in delivering vitamin A from the liver to the retina. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly in the retina and choroid that a deficiency of zinc can result in conditions such as impaired vision and cloudy cataracts.
Zinc have also shown to help those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or experiencing early stage of AMD. The National Eye Institute recommends 40-80mg of zinc a day. Look for a multivitamin that has all the vitamins and minerals needed in combination with antioxidants and carotenoids to support eye health.
Basic Antioxidants – Vitamin A, C and E
Vitamin A, C and E are antioxidants that help to protect our eyes against damage. These antioxidants help promote healthy capillaries and support the health of blood vessels in the eyes. Vitamin A can help prevent cataracts from developing as vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness.
Vitamin C and E have been associated in studies with delaying AMD. A study found that women using Vitamin C for 10 years or more experienced a 64% reduction in the risk for cataracts. Vitamin C may also prevent glaucoma. Other antioxidants such as selenium, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid have also shown to protect the eyes from common eye conditions as well.