by Will Grumke April 21, 2021 4 min read
Eye care isn’t always at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to overall health, but that doesn’t mean we should just forget about it.
See, different factors can strengthen and maintain our eye health ... and when overlooked, we could be putting our long-term vision and comfort at risk.
That's why it's important to give our body the food & supplements it needs now, to keep our eyes functioning at their best and help prevent lasting damage later.
Even if we are doing everything "right" ... the truth is, not every condition is avoidable.
However, we can help prevent deficiencies or complications with certain vitamins and minerals.
Eyes can degenerate over time, so a lot of people struggle with their vision as they age. This is sometimes referred to as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
We can also lessen our changes of age-related eye problems, such as cataracts, with a nutritious diet and specific vitamins.
Really, taking care of our eyes can mean a lot of different things ... regular eye exams, drinking plenty of water, considering the light and dust exposure to our eyes, and more.
On top of that, if eye problems run in your genes, or if you are more at risk due to other health conditions ... getting the right nutrients is a great place to start when it comes to eye care!
Vitamin A — Vitamin A is considered an essential nutrient for your vision, especially since it helps the protein rhodopsin keep your vision up and running.
Have you ever heard about eating carrots to prevent blindness? That’s because carrots have a lot of vitamin A in them, as do several other colorful fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin B6, B9, and B12 — Some studies have shown that vitamin B helps prevent degenerative eye diseases or conditions, specifically B6, B9, and B12.
Eat more leafy greens and legumes for more of these B vitamins!
Vitamin C — While you can’t completely avoid cataracts, vitamin C has been shown to help fight the risk of cataracts and slow its progression.
Getting plenty of citrus fruits and other fruits & vegetables, like peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, etc. can be a good way to get the vitamin C you need. But just know that the body can’t store vitamin C, so it’s good to get some in your diet every day!
Vitamin E — Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, which fights free radicals that damage our cells. Taking more vitamin E can help reduce the risk of vision loss, and has been shown to help prevent cataracts.
You can find Vitamin E in not only fruits and vegetables, but plant-based oils, nuts, and seeds as well.
Riboflavin— Also known as vitamin B2, and similar to vitamin E, riboflavin also acts as an antioxidant.
You can get riboflavin in dairy, oats, and beef specifically.
Niacin — Vitamin B3, or niacin, also provides antioxidants for your body, and has been shown to help prevent glaucoma, which is where there is damage to your optic nerve.
You can get more niacin intake with tarnished grains and lean meats.
Lutein — Lutein falls under the carotenoid vitamin group and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant roles in the body. Studies show that adding more lutein to your diet helps to reduce aging-related eye deterioration and vision problems.
For more lutein, you can eat more fruits, vegetables, cereals, and egg yolks.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids — Though not a vitamin, omega-3 fatty acids get an honorable mention. This nutrient can help prevent damage to the retina and help with more immediate symptoms, like dryness or blurry vision.
You can include more fish, like tuna or salmon, nuts & seeds, and leafy greens to raise your omega-3 fatty acid intake.
Now that you know the best vitamins for your eyes, and you may have noticed ... eating the recommended portions of fruits and vegetables can help you get a good amount of the right nutrients naturally.
In fact, it’s always best to get your nutrients from fresh food ... but as you know, it’s not always as easy as it sounds.
Meal prepping is important, but our busy schedules can make it difficult for you to get the right levels of these vitamins from your diet.
That’s why at 1st Phorm, we've created supplements with the best healthy ingredients for you.
A multivitamin is a good choice when it comes to taking care of your eye health, since good multivitamins include the baseline amount of essential nutrients for your body.
That said, a specialized supplement specifically for your eyes is even better.
1st Phorm’s Eye Care supplement has antioxidants, vitamins, and more that can help improve overall eye health and visual clarity as you age, while helping prevent eye fatigue, dry eye, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.
If you’re concerned with your eye health, have pre-existing conditions, or are prone to poor eye care ... get ahead of the game and start adding eye care supplements to your routine.
Stick with the healthy foods, but give yourself peace of mind and bridge the gap if you need more vitamins in your life with 1st Phorm.
Check out 1st Phorm’s Eye Care supplement today!
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