Vitamins and nutrients play a key role in your vision. Research has proven that a balanced diet, including the right vitamins and nutrients, will not only optimize visual acuity in healthy eyes, but it may also help reduce the risk of eye problems, such as degenerative eye diseases.
Important Vitamins and Nutrients
Vitamin A and beta-carotene: Vitamin A is crucial for night vision, wound healing, and proper functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin B complex: B complex vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 folic acid, biotin and choline – can help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent elevated homocysteine levels in the blood. These issues have been associated with vascular problems affecting the retina. B complex vitamins may also reduce the risk of macular degeneration and assist in the treatment of uveitis.
Vitamin C: Research suggests that this antioxidant plays a role in reducing the risk of cataracts.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D has been linked to lowering the risk of macular degeneration.
Vitamin E: Studies have shown Vitamin E to help reduce the risk of cataracts.
Lutein and Zeaxathin: These may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Phytochemical Antioxidants: These nutrients appear to provide protection from oxidative stress in the body, including the eyes.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids: These nutrients have been known to reduce the risk of dry eyes.
Bioflavonoids: Bioflavonoids appear to help the body absorb vitamin C for higher antioxidant efficiency.
If you feel you may not be getting enough of the above vitamins and nutrients, talk to your primary care physician, nutritionist, or eye doctor – ophthalmologist or optometrist – about starting a nutritional supplements regimen to ensure that you get all the important nutrients you need for good, healthy eyesight.
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