A new study has found that many Americans over age 50 are not getting enough of the key nutrients in their daily diet to support their eye health.
The study published in “The Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging” and funded by a grant from Bausch + Lomb, found most Americans fall below the optimal intake of nutrients like vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, which are nutrients that can potentially help protect eye health as people age. And many people surveyed were unaware these nutrients could play a key role in eye health.
According to researchers, there are many common foods that contain the eight identified nutrients that may support eye health, and they recommend incorporating several of these foods into a daily diet to increase the levels of these vital eye nutrients.
- Vitamin C: citrus fruits, berrie, tomatoes and broccoli
- Vitamin E: vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts and legumes
- Zinc: oysters, beef and other meats, nuts, legumes and dairy from plant soures of zinc
- Lutein and zeaxanthin: kale, spinach, broccoli, peas, corn, colored bell peppers, goji berries and brussel sprouts
- Omega-3 fatty acids: fish oils from cold water fish like salmon or tuna
- Beta-Carotene: carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach
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