You could also boost your lifespan by doing regular exercise. It’s the “miracle cure” we’ve all been waiting for, it said.
Making some small diet or lifestyle changes could help to increase your life expectancy and avoid an early death.
Looking after your eyes is crucial as you get older, as you’re more at risk of some eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Adding certain foods to your diet could help to protect your eyes, revealed Registered Associate Nutritionist, and Optegra nutritionist, Sophie Bertrand.
The key nutrients needed for eye health are omega-3s, vitamins A and C, antioxidants and catchins, she said.
“Studies have shown that those who follow a Mediterranean style diet that includes oily fish – which are a good source of omega-3 – have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration, a progressive condition that results in deterioration of vision,” she said.
Everyone should make sure they eat enough leafy green vegetables, said Optegra.
They’re one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are some of the most important carotenoids for ocular health, it said.
You could also boost ocular health by eating more eggs, added the eye health specialists.
“Eggs are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin A which is extremely beneficial in maintaining the health of the ocular surface as well as the retina,” it said.
“Green tea includes healthy substances called catechins which are filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties can help to reduce the risk of infection to eyes.”
Everyone should also eat avocado as part of their regular diet, it suggested.
The fruit is packed full with lutein, which reduces the amount of damaging light reaching the eye.
“As well as being rich in vitamin A, carrots also contain beta-carotene which helps your eyes absorb vitamin A, which is essential to maintaining good eye health.”
One of the best ways to lead a healthy life is to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, said the NHS.
Regular exercise is also crucial to improving overall health, and helping you to live longer.
All adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
People that do regular exercise are up to 50 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
It may even lower the chances of coronary heart disease and stroke by up to 35 per cent.
Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:40:00 +0000