Choosing supplements for your eyes

The United States Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture has established the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. According to these guidelines, it is important to have a diet low in fat and sugar, and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats including fish and poultry.

This type of diet helps ensure your body is receiving enough of the nutrients it requires to stay strong and healthy throughout your life. However, even with the best effort, you can sometimes fail at eating a proper diet. Robbing your body of necessary nutrients can eventually lead to a host of medical issues, including vision loss.

The industry of nutritional supplements has risen in recent years. This is good news for people whose lifestyle and activities interfere with getting proper nutrition. It is important to remember that not all supplements are created equally. Talk to a nutritionist or an employee at a specialty vitamin or natural food store to find the supplements that are most bioavailable, or absorbed the most, and can deliver the highest amount of nutrients to your body.

Nutritional Supplements for Vision

To maintain healthy eyes and help decrease your risk of age related disorders such as cataracts and macular degeneration, you need to make sure you are getting enough of the following vitamins and minerals:

Vitamins A, C, D, and E
Vitamin B complex
Lutein and zeaxanthin
Phytochemical antioxidants
Omega-3 essential fatty acids
A multivitamin and mineral supplement may not provide an adequate amount of each nutrient. Talk with a nutritional professional to determine if you need to take each vitamin individually, or if a multivitamin will be sufficient.

Learn more on Nutrition for the Eyes.

If you have questions about the best nutritional supplements for your eyes, or would like to know how much of each supplement you should be taking, please locate an experienced ophthalmologist in your area to schedule an initial consultation today.

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