Bell Peppers can help prevent Age-Related Eye Disease

The pigment in red bell peppers is the source of most of the zeaxanthin used in nutritional supplements. Studies have shown that many people fall below the optimal intake of the following nutrients that research shows can help protect eye health as people age: vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

If you’re over age 50, it’s likely your diet doesn’t contain all the nutrients necessary for optimum eye health. To limit vision loss for those aged 45 to 65,

these foods are identified as good sources of nutrients important for eye health:

  • Vitamin C. Citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes and broccoli.
  • Vitamin E. Vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts and legumes.
  • Lutein & zeaxanthin. Spinach, broccoli, peas, corn, colored bell peppers.
  • Beta-carotene. Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach.
  • Oysters, beef and other meats, nuts.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon and other cold-water fish.

Eye vitamins and other supplements also can help meet required daily intakes of these nutrients. But anyone considering a program of dietary supplements should consult their optometrist or other health-care provider beforehand

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

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