Eye Health Benefits of Anthoxanthins

potatoes“Eat the Rainbow” is a common mantra of the nutrition-savvy as a way to encourage everyone to ensure they are getting enough essential nutrients in their diet. The more variety of colored foods you consume, the greater variety of nutrients in your diet. However, one overlooked piece of this visual reminder is an essential component of good nutrition as well:  the color white. While many people think of whites as simple starches with poor nutritional benefits, such as pasta, white bread, or pastries, white-colored fruits and vegetables are essential for good health and have benefits for the eyes.

Produce from the white category can range from nearly colorless to bright white and even pale yellow. These fruits and vegetables are high in anthoxanthins, the phytochemical that produces their white color. Research shows us that anthoxanthins may reduce stroke risk, promote heart health, prevent cancer, and reduce inflammation. BostonSight PROSE patients whose underlying eye health condition is caused or aggravated by inflammation, might find increased symptom relief by including more anthoxanthin-containing foods in their diets.

Many of these foods also contain allicin and quercetin, other phytochemicals that may enhance the effectiveness of anthoxanthins and even provide additional health benefits from this family of white-colored produce. Some studies have noted that these nutrients block the release of histamines, which eases allergy symptoms for those people who are prone to allergies. Several of the foods in this category, such as bananas, are rich in the mineral potassium that is important for eye health.

Can’t think of a white food that would be healthful? Here are some common foods in this category that are easy to include in your daily diet:

  • Bananas
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Jicama
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Turnips

Be sure to add some white foods to your daily diet to help protect your ocular health!