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How International Cuisine Improves Eye Health

How International Cuisine Improves Eye Health


I like things that are multifunctional.

Universal remotes that control all the electronics in the living room so I can change the TV channel and dim the lights without getting up. A beach towel that folds into itself becoming a bag to hold my sunblock and a book. And foods that not only taste good but improve my overall health at the same time.

No matter what kind of cuisine you’re craving, there’s probably at least one common herb in the recipe that helps boost your vision health. I can spice up a boring piece of chicken for dinner and prevent cataracts in a few dashes of some of these herbs and spices.

If you’re like me, you decide what’s for dinner based on how you feel that evening. So the following is a list of eye health friendly spices—organized, with your taste buds in mind, by the type of cuisine:


Italian Night

Oregano – While you’re enjoying a bowl (or two) of risotto, know that the oregano contains vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that studies have shown helps prevent cataracts and possibly age-related macular degeneration.

Basil – Just as basil complements tomatoes, the lutein and zeaxanthin in basil complement each other in strengthening your macula and retina health. But there’s another dynamic duo in basil too—vitamin A and beta carotene, two of the most important nutrients for vision.


Chinese Night

Ginger – Ginger can not only add a bit of a kick to a salad, it can kick your blood circulation into gear. Poor circulation can cause or aggravate eye problems, so helping the flow prevents damage to your optic nerve and maintains your eyesight.


Mexican Night

Cilantro – Love it or hate it, cilantro is loaded with vitamin C which helps to prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and may reduce pressure from glaucoma. Many find cilantro to be “an acquired taste”, but if you don’t feel like trying that hard to appreciate it you can substitute parsley.


American Night

Parsley — Don’t just let it sit on your plate for decoration. This wonder herb not only fancies up your food presentation, it freshens breath, and contains lutein, zeaxanthin, beta carotene, and vitamin C. As a leading cause of vision loss, age-related macular degeneration can be kept at bay with a healthy diet including these nutrients.


Greek Night

Dill – Tzatziki sauce just wouldn’t be the same without any dill. While I prefer fresh dill, even the dried version in your spice rack contains the antioxidants vitamin A and beta carotene to keep your corneas in good shape and decrease your risk for macular degeneration.


Indian Night

Turmeric – If your Chicken Curry calls for turmeric, then it has several nutrients. Vitamin A helps keep your eyes moist and adjust to low light levels. Vitamin C reduces risks for cataracts and macular degeneration. And vitamin E also works to prevent vision loss and possible blindness from cataracts.


Spanish Night

Paprika – If you ever wondered where paprika gets its color, it’s the lutein and zeaxanthin. These sister nutrients are being studied further in their role preventing or slowing down macular degeneration, but have been linked to reducing light sensitivity.


French Night

Marjoram – Commonly found among other herbs in a mixture called Herbes de Provence, marjoram is believed to reduce inflammation of the eye such as conjunctivitis. If you aren’t quite up for mastering French cooking, it is great mixed with olive oil to dip bread.

While there is the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) in place thanks to the Institute of Medicine, as with any dietary adjustments, it’s best to consult your eye doctor about amounts consumed. In other words, before you start eating carrots by the pound in the hopes of developing superhuman night vision to impress your friends, double check with a doctor about your current conditions, medications, and dietary needs along with possible allergies.

 

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