A doctor from Loyola university in Chicago in United States has studied food benefits on our eyes health. Here in London at our culinary school Chef Academy, we are always curious about world food research. Indeed, as our other organs do, our eyes have their favourite food, and not only from a visual point of view, but also for their nutritional benefits.
Eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables makes a colourful plate, especially with greens and blues , according to James McDonnell, pediatric ophthalmologist from Health System in Loyola university. Here is the list he's made for a good eyes health.
Wild seaweed and salmon are rich in astaxathin, a super-nutrient which protects eyes from developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness.
Other fish such as tuna, sardines or herring prevent against eye dryness thanks to their high omega 3 rate. Eating fish once a week reduce macular degeneration. They also carry vitamin D3 which improves eyesight and reduces retina inflammation.
Now let us take a look at the green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach or cabbage. They contain Zeaxantine, a nutriment that decreases the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Our grandmothers were right to tell us to eat all this under-valued vegetables when we were children!
Beta-carotene contained in carrots, sweet potatoes or butternut squash brings vitamin A to the eye and prevents against eye dryness.
The nutriment called luteine from bio eggs for example improve eye acuity.
Finally, the last healthy category food for our eyes are red berries! Blueberries, bilberries and especially black currants contain high amounts of anthocyanins and help to maintain the health of the cornea and blood vessels in every part of the eye. We can also find them in citrus juice, wine or teas.
You should watch your eye diet now! This might help you to avoid a repairing laser session and will also help to stabilise your nutritional balance. Another good news that we will teach to our future professional chefs in order for them to assimilate food effects with tastes and health benefits.
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