What to Eat for Optimal Eye Health

Good morning everyone and Happy Monday!

Lately, much to my dismay, I’m beginning to struggle with reading menu’s… and labels… and anything in tiny print. While I can still muddle through, I recognize that very soon I will need to use reading glasses. Yet I feel victorious, because I will be 50 in 5 months and it’s only beginning to happen now, while most of my peers started using reading glasses about a decade ago. Good genes? Maybe. But I reckon this bit of visual good fortune comes down to whole foods and antioxidants.

When eating for optimal health, the main components of your diet need to be foods rich in concentrated nutrients and when it comes to eye health this is absolutely important. Whether you struggle with or are predisposed to cataracts, macular degeneration or general eyesight issues, you want to make sure you are eating foods that have a high concentration of free-radical fighting nutrients specifically Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

In today’s video I will share with you foods that you should be including in your diet in order to protect and preserve your very precious gift of sight. In addition, I’ll address the very best ways to include these foods in your diet for optimal absorption and benefit.

As always, I’d love to hear from you! What foods do you make sure to include in your diet to protect your eyesight and why. AND have you noticed a particular benefit from doing so?

Thanks as always for tuning in. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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9 comments on “What to Eat for Optimal Eye Health

  1. AvatarRoberta Gelb

    Two thumbs up! This was so timely! I just had a discussion with my ophthalmologist about this very topic! Two questions: I take a bilberry supplement each day. It was recommended a long time ago by another ophthalmologist . I have always heard that blueberries were good for the eyes. So what do you think of bilberry and blueberries in relation to eye health.

    Thank you so much for these fabulous videos! There’s only one thing better and that’s seeing you in person!


  2. AvatarBarbara Weimer

    What about foods for joint health? I am at that age where my knees crackle when I do dancing or other fitness and I’ve had injuries. What foods are good for joints?

    Also, do you know anything about this stuff called Rejuvelac? Thanks.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thanks Barbara! It’s on the list of ideas. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, a whole foods diet is important for healthy joints. Make sure to include healthy fats to lessen crackling.
      As for Rejuvelac, it will help replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut. I have a video on that topic in the archives you can check out although it does not mention Rejuvelac.
      I hope this helps!

  3. AvatarDanielle

    Another great video, and finally 7 things (minus salmon) that I eat every single day. Maybe that’s why at 45 I also do not yet need glasses despite a strong family history of eye problems.

    I eat most of these things in raw form as snacks or in salads. Thanks for the tip to focus on combining them for an even stronger punch!

  4. AvatarGyeong-hoon Cho

    Thank you for your good information video today, Barbara Mendez.
    I heard Blueberry is also highly recommended lutein rich good food for eye health. Right?

    # By the way, what do you think of flaxseeds(omega-3 fat rich), good or bad for cancer(colon or liver cancer)?
    Because someone insisted that flaxseeds’ rich nutrition help cancer grow. Is it true?

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Gyeong-hoon~ Yes, blueberries are also great.

      As for flax, I’ve never read or heard anything about flax making cancer proliferate. In fact, it has been shown to be beneficial in helping to protect against cancer. If you can send me info on what you read that states that, I’d be happy to look it over. Hope you are well!


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