Vitamins are essential for the maintenance of a healthy body as well as your eyes.
Here is our list of vitamins for healthy eyes:
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an anti oxidant that protects the eye from the harmful effects of free radicals. It aids in the maintenance of the connective tissue in the eyes. Vitamin C helps to reduce the progression of age related macular degeneration and cataracts.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A plays an important role in the protection of the cornea. Vitamin A helps to keep the eye lubricated hence why a lack of vitamin A may lead to dry eyes. Vitamin A also helps to maintain night vision.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an anti oxidant that protects the cells in your eyes from the harmful damage of free radicals. Studies have shown that vitamin E is beneficial in reducing macular degeneration and cataracts.
4. Vitamin B complex
a) Vitamin B6, B9 and B12 helps to lower homocysteine levels in the blood, this protein is associated with inflammatory conditions affecting the retina. These vitamins help to reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration.
b) Vitamin B2 is an anti oxidant that helps to fight against free radicals. Research shows that this vitamin plays a role in reducing the risk of developing cataracts.
c) Vitamin B1 taken with other vitamins may reduce the risk of cataracts, this is due to influencing muscle and nerve signalling. Other studies have shown that it may be effective in treating uveitis a common cause of blindness.
5. Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are cartenoids. These cartenoids are found in the eye to protect against blue light reaching the retina and causing oxidative damage. These cartenoids help to reduce age related macular degeneration.
6. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in the cell membranes of the retina. They have anti inflammatory properties that may help to prevent diabetic retinopathy any dry eyes.
You can obtain these vitamins through supplements or through the foods you eat.
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