7 Essential Nutrients for Your Eyes
Isn’t eyesight something we all feel immense gratitude for? And when or if it starts to change, it’s natural to think it’s “inevitable” or “just part of aging”.
Well, this Nutrition Bite goes into the exciting world of nutrients for your eyes. Ranging from vitamins, to minerals, to little-known plants, it turns out our eyes see best when given a variety of nutrients…
So that you can continue to behold and appreciate the incredible beauty this world has to offer, for the rest of your life!
Although small, our eyes are a highly complex and valued organ. Try going through even just 5 minutes of your life without your eyesight to get a taste of how essential healthy vision is. Delicate yet also highly resistant, our eyes go through a lot from the wear and tear of daily life such as prolonged screen time, UV ray exposure, and poor nutrition.
You may already be experiencing eye issues such as poor night vision, difficulty focusing on near or far objects, and not being able to distinguish colors. These are all common issues that come with age and poor eye care. Fortunately, good nutrition focused on eye health can help lessen or reverse vision issues.
Keep your peepers bright and healthy with the right support. As with any organ in our body, start from within by feeding it the right nutrients to keep them functioning at their best.
7 Supplements to Support Your Vision
Vitamin B complex
B vitamins support the optic nerve and keep the signal that travels from your eye to your brain strong. B vitamins are also great for slowing down age-related eye damage.
Lutein, a carotenoid, keeps eyes healthy helping to maintain overall eye-health by protecting them from free radical damage. This in turn helps to keep your eyesight sharp and as well as protected from UV damage.
This west African plant is known for containing the neurotransmitter 5-HTP which is beloved for increasing serotonin. Griffonia Simplicifolia promotes a sense of wellness and supports good quality sleep, which as we know, is a critical time our eyes use to rest and repair.
Did you know that low potassium levels have been linked to dry eyes?(1) This is because potassium is needed to create tear film, that moisture layer over your eyes that protects your cornea. Potassium helps to keep the eyes protected and lubricated.
It’s well known that magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, where the nerve and muscle functioning of our eyes is no exception. Magnesium protects the retina from oxidative stress.(2)
As if this famous adaptogen didn’t have enough benefits, Ashwagandha also helps nourish tired and stressed eyes, protecting it from damage and while promoting overall healthy vision.
Commonly associated with bone health, calcium is essential for eye health as well. Blurry vision and the formation of cataracts is closely linked to a calcium deficiency.(3)
The state of your eyes can give insight into how nourished you are and even give indicators of other underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or how strong your immune system is.