Vitamins are essential for the growth and maintenance for your eyes and the rest of the body.
Here is our list of important vitamins to take for healthy eyes.
1. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an anti oxidant that is needed to protect your eyes from free radical damage. Studies have shown that vitamin E helps to reduce macular degeneration.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A protects and maintains the cornea. Vitamin A plays an important role in keeping the eye lubricated. A lack of vitamin A may lead to dry eyes and a reduction in night vision.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an anti oxidant that protects the eye from the harmful affects of free radicals. Vitamin C strengthens the connective tissue in the eye it also helps to reduce the on set of age related macular degeneration.
4. Vitamin B6, B9 and B12
Vitamin B6, B9 and B12 aids in lowering the levels of the protein homocysteine. Homocysteine has been associated with inflammatory problems affecting the retina. These vitamins help to reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration.
5. Vitamin B1
Studies have shown that taking vitamin B1 with other vitamins may reduce the risk of cataracts due to influencing muscle and nerve signalling. Other studies have shown that it may be effective in treating uveitis a common cause of blindness.
6. Vitamin B2
Vitamin B2 is an anti oxidant that fights against the damaging free radicals. Research suggest that vitamin B2 plays a role in reducing the risk of developing cataracts.
7. Lutein and Zeaxanthin
lutein and zeaxanthin are plant based compounds called cartenoids. These cartenoids are found in the eye to protect against blue light reaching the retina which helps to reduce oxidative damage and prevent age related macular degeneration.
8. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are found in the retina. They help with the formation of cells of the eye. They have anti inflammatory properties that may help to prevent diabetic retinopathy. These fatty acids help in preventing dry eyes.
You can obtain these vitamins through supplements or through a healthy diet.
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