There’s no doubt that autumn can be easy on the eyes. The colorful leaves, festive decorations, and seasonal costumes can all add some appeal that makes the season special.
But the benefits might not stop there. Seasonal foods that grow in many parts of North America may be some of the best you can get to promote and protect eye health.
One of the best things you can do for your vision and eye health is to eat a healthy, colorful diet. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, zinc, and other antioxidants might be the best.
A lot of the local produce hitting shelves this season offer real value for your vision. Let’s look at a few examples.
Dark leafy greens are in season now until late November and contain some of the most notable antioxidants for your eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin, in particular, are both found in large amounts in the eye. Your body, however, does not make them naturally, so they need to be eaten. Eating leafy greens like spinach and kale may help improve and support macular health.
Orange foods can also help keep your eyes healthy. Pumpkin, butternut squash, and carrots are all rich in nutrients that help vision. Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, C, E, zinc, fiber, lutein, and zeaxanthin – all the things you need to feed your eyes.
Butternut squash features the same nutrients as pumpkin but adds omega-3 fatty acids, which are also associated with eye health.
Carrots are vitamin A powerhouse. Vitamin A helps protect the eye’s surface, helps prevent dryness, and promotes good vision.
Bell peppers are another tremendous seasonal vegetable that can contribute to better vision. They provide immense amounts of vitamin C that can help protect your eyes from damaging rays. Bell peppers are also one of the best sources of vitamin A.