When it comes to healthy eyesight, it sometimes feels like there really isn’t all that much you can do besides hope for the best genes, wear protective eyewear and forgo spending too much time in front of a computer screen (but who can promise that?).

However, eating a healthy diet can play a huge role in keeping all your organs in check. As a matter of fact, different foods have been acknowledged to be especially helpful when  it comes helping and preventing certain ailments in different parts of your body. Looking to prevent the cataracts and macular degeneration that runs in your family? All (or most of what) it takes is eating a healthy, balanced meal plan filled with these delicious options. You’ll find that it’s not about taking foods/food groups out of your diet, but instead about incorporating more wholesome options in.

Leafy Greens

food for eyesTo you  kale may just be another produce option that the hipsters in your neighborhood enjoy buying at the local farmer’s market for an exorbitant price, but you would be surprised to know that this mighty green (along with other dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, collard greens, etc.) might just play a hand at sustaining eye health. Why exactly? They contain antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin – considered carotenoids – that also appear in the lens of the eye. Because the body cannot create these nutrients on its own, the body is required to get them from outside sources. If this is not a sign from the Universe telling you to eat your vegetables, I don’t know what is.

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