This Thanksgiving, Eat for Healthy Vision

happy thanksgivingMuch research has been done about what nutrients are necessary to maintain the health of your eyes. This Thanksgiving, do yourself and your loved ones a favor, and include some of these foods on your table.

  • Citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and dark leafy greens are all high in vitamin C.
  • Dark leafy greens are also rich in vitamin E, another essential for healthy eyes. Also high in vitamin E are squash and pumpkins, two Thanksgiving staples.
  • Don’t throw away those pumpkin and squash seeds. Roast them in the oven with a little salt and oil for a delicious snack that is high in zinc. Cocoa is also very high in zinc, so go ahead and enjoy that slice of chocolate pie!
  • Dark leafy greens win again, with kale, spinach, and swiss chard topping the list of foods that contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are located in the eyes. Also on the list are paprika, and red and cayenne pepper.
  • High concentrations of DHA and EPA, two essential omega-3 fatty acids, can be found in many types of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. The highest amounts occur in salmon, herring, mackerel, and anchovies.

You don’t have to skip the turkey and mashed potatoes, but adding some of these foods to your meals can have you giving thanks for your good eyesight for years to come!