A new study suggests the contested ‘best food for your eyes’ title should be taken from the carrot’s mantle.
Another orange food happens to be the best for your vision – oranges.
Experts found the elderly people that ate fruits and veggies high in vitamin C reduced their chance of cataracts by a third. Other recommended foods include red and green peppers, strawberries, potatoes, and broccoli.
“Simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts,” said lead researcher Professor Chris Hammond, from King’s College London.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes ‘cloudy’, impairing sight. The lens bathes in fluid found in the eye, which prevents the eye from oxidizing. That fluid is rich in vitamin C, so the idea is to increase the nutrient’s count as a protective effect on cataract progression, thanks to the added vitamin C to the eye.
“The human body cannot manufacture vitamin C, so we depend on vitamins in the food we eat,” explained Kate Yonova-Doing, the study’s first author.
“We did not find a significantly reduced risk in people who took vitamin tablets, so it seems that a healthy diet is better than supplements.”
The research study was published in the journal Ophthalmology.