One of our most important senses, I think, is our ability to see. All of our senses play a role in our daily lives, but could you imagine life without your vision?

It’s one of those things that we commonly take for granted, but really should be thankful for.

My approach to good health, in general, is prevention.

And by that I mean, simply doing the best we can to avoid and/or limit the things that break us down and cause disease, and do more of the things that build us up and create health.

With that said, let’s talk about how we can support the health of our eyes.

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Our eyes are essentially made of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, and is critical for the healthy functioning of our eyes and brain, but particularly for our eyes. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is also a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, and is more specific for the health of our brain.

The most commonly talked about omega-3s are medium-chain, or alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). These are found in sources like chia, hemp, and flax seeds. These are great omega-3s to have in our diet, but not the same as the long-chain omega-3s, DHA/EPA.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to get these long-chain fatty acids in our diet without having the knowledge about where to get them. So, below I have a list of the best food sources containing DHA.

Excellent Sources of DHA:

In addition to DHA, eating a diet rich in antioxidants and highly pigmented, colorful foods will also help nourish and support healthy eyes. The best way to do this is to eat a wide variety of fresh, organic and/or wild vegetables and fruits (focusing on berries), superfoods and superherbs.

  • Important Antioxidants for Healthy Eyes
  • Lutein & Zeaxantihin – found in green leafy vegetables
  • Astaxanthin – produced by a specific type of microalgae called Haematoccus pluvialis, and also found in salmon and krill oil
  • Beta-carotene – converted by your body into vitamin A, which is important for night vision

Highly Pigmented Superfoods for Your Eyes

These foods are also rich in antioxidants.

Berries – goji berries, raspberries, black currants, bilberries, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, etc.

Chaga Mushrooms – one of the most highly pigmented substances

Spirulina & Chlorella – some of the most highly pigmented substances

Other Antioxidant Rich Foods for Your Eyes

Green Leafy Vegetables (contain lutein and zeaxanthin) – kale, spinach, collard greens, etc.

Yellow & Orange Fruits & Vegetables (contain beta-carotene) – golden berries, bell peppers, apricots, squash, etc.

Sprouted Seeds – alfalfa, broccoli, kale, radish, sunflower, etc. I really like Sproutman’s sprouting seeds. His Beginners Dozen is a great option to try.

Raw Nuts – almonds, jungle peanuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, etc.

Fresh & Dried Herbs & Spices – turmeric root, ginger root, parsley, basil, cloves, etc.

Exercise Your Eyes to Naturally Strengthen Them

I think eye exercises are something that anyone can benefit from. Although, if you wear contacts or glasses, this may be something you might want to really consider doing.

I know I need to get back into doing my eye exercises. I definitely noticed an improvement in the clarity of my vision, when I was doing them regularly. And, what’s even cooler, is that these results have not regressed, and it’s been over 4 years (which I hate to admit)! I was following this eyesight rebuilding program. Great stuff!

But, this isn’t the only vision rebuilding program out there. There are various books and programs available that can help us build and strengthen our eyes naturally without surgery.

All right, so those are my tips for supporting healthy vision.

Best of Health,

Shahné

Are there things that you do that you feel help promote healthy vision? Please comment below 🙂

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