Your eyesight is probably the most important of your five senses.
Eye health goes hand-in-hand with general health, but a few nutrients are especially important for your eyes. These nutrients help maintain eye function, protect your eyes against harmful light, and reduce the development of age-related degenerative diseases.
Here are 4 nutrients that benefit your eyes.
1. Vitamin A deficiency may lead to night blindness and dry eyes. Vitamin A is only found in animal-derived foods, but your body can convert certain plant-based carotenoids into vitamin A.
2. A high intake of lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce your risk of eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
3. Getting adequate amounts of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from oily fish or supplements may reduce your risk of several eye diseases — especially dry eyes.
4. GLA, which is found in high amounts in evening primrose oil, may reduce symptoms of dry eye disease.