Did you know that eating healthy can help boost your vision as well? Your eye's health is dependent on your overall health, and if your overall health is good - your eyes will function better and you will have clearer vision. Many common antioxidants and nutrients have been proven to help prevent cataract as well as macular degeneration. For example, vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin, have all been proven to help fight eye diseases. Foods that contain these nutrients include all colorful fruits and vegetables, salmon, walnuts and spinach. Interestingly, we have one patient in our practice, J.B., who was found to have small spots in the back of her eye due to a degeneration of her retina that could potentially lead to macular degeneration and blindness. She started taking vitamins that contained the antioxidants needed for the eye, and when she returned a year later, the spots had diminished! Eating healthy can help save your sight. For more information on nutrients and the eye, please visit: http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/nutrition_summary.htm.
Feeling hungry? Enjoy a delicious recipe that contains foods that help support eye health:
Strawberry Spinach Salad
2 TBS Seasame Seeds
1 TBS Poppy Seeds
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 TBS Minced Onion
10 Ounces Fresh Spinach
1 Quart Fresh Strawberries
1. In a medium bowl, wisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for 1 hour.
2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and walnuts. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before service.
**Add salmon to this salad for an omega-3 boost!