Vitamins as we know are essential for the good health of the body. Certain vitamins prevent the eyes from diseases and boost their health. We think you should know at least a couple of these.
Vitamin C is not produced in the body and we get it from the food we eat. This water-soluble vitamin is excessively found in fruits and vegetables. On vitamin supplement, labels you will find it named as ascorbic acid. We all know citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C, besides green leafy veggies, potatoes, peppers, berries, broccoli and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. The cornea of the eye contains collagen, which is formed with the help of vitamin C. This vitamin also helps in maintaining good health of the capillaries in the retina of the eye.
These are also known as bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are not vitamins, but these are mostly found in fruits and veggies that contain Vitamin C. These give color to the fruits and veggies. Certain flavonoids work together with the Vitamin C and help in preventing a host of diseases.
These range from heart diseases to cancers. Huckleberries contain certain flavonoids that are beneficial for the eyes. Blueberries and bilberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are good for the cornea and prevents cataract.
If you ever tried to take a wild guess, why this was named as Vitamin A, may be you were right. This was the first vitamin to be extensively studied and hence named ‘A’. Vitamin A is good for retina and responsible for making quality tears so that the eyes do not dry. One needs to be careful, as excess dose of this vitamin can be harmful. Some of the god sources of this vitamin are carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes and apricots.
This vitamin is found naturally in the lens and retina of the eye. It helps in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration. Obviously, a deficiency of vitamin E makes one prone to both these diseases. Vitamin E has some brilliant antioxidant properties, which fortifies the defense system of the body. Almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds, broccoli, spinach and tofu are some good sources of Vitamin E.
It is pointless to elaborate the benefits of good eyesight. Nevertheless, we ought to know the importance of vitamins in keeping our eyes health and free from diseases.