Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are the leading causes of visual impairment and acquired blindness in the U.S.
- Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from early signs of Macular Degeneration. Macular Degeneration results in loss of vision at the very center of vision.
- Cataract extractions account for more than 2 million procedures a year. Cataracts cause dark, blurry vision, and eventually blindness.
Nutrition is one promising means of protecting the eyes from both of these diseases.
Vitamin C (mg/serving)T
Try to eat 250 mg per day for therapeutic effect.
Most fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C.
|Orange juice, fresh squeezed||1 cup||124|
|Grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed||1 cup||94|
|Green peppers, raw chopped||1/2 cup||67|
|Tomato juice||1 cup||44|
|Broccoli, raw chopped||1/2 cup||41|
Vitamin E (mg/serving)
Try to get 100 IU per day. It’s hard to get enough with diet alone. You may need to take a supplement.
Vitamin E is found in foods, such as vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.
|Almonds||1/4 cup||9.3 (13.9 IU)|
|Sunflower seeds||1/4 cup||5.8 (8.7 IU)|
|Safflower oil||1 tbsp||4.7 (7.0 IU)|
|Peanuts||1/4 cup||3.3 (4.9 IU)|
|Peanut butter||2 tbsp||3.2 (4.8 IU)|
|Corn oil||1 tbsp||2.8 (4.2 IU)|
Lutein and Zeaxanthin (mg/serving)
Need 6 mg per day. You may need a supplement.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found together in dark green leafy vegetables, and are also present in lesser amounts in other colorful fruits and vegetables.
|Kale||20.5 – 26.5*||–||1.1 – 2.2*|
|Spinach||3.6 – 12.6*||1.7 – 13.3*||0.5 – 5.9*|
|Broccoli||2.1 – 3.5*||1.4 – 1.6*||–|
|Corn, yellow||1.4 – 3.0||0.6||0.9|