This article discusses the top antioxidant foods for dry eye. Having a healthy diet is important for anyone and especially for dry eye sufferers. Antioxidants are considered effective in protecting the cells in your body from free radicals and damage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Find out what you need to eat more of to reduce your dry eye symptoms below.
Earlier, I have discussed the top antioxidant spices for dry eye sufferers, and in this post I would like to continue the overview of healthy foods and drinks that all contain a lot of antioxidants.
Before we start looking at the specifics I though I’d just mention that I haven’t specifically looked at all dry eye conditions and how each of these would be affected by the list below.
Red wine is something that for example is reported as a common trigger for flare ups of acne rosacea. Thus, it is probably recommended for sufferers of rosacea to avoid red wine. It is outside the scope of this post to cover everything, so consider this a helpful list that should get you started towards a more healthy diet.
If you would like to learn what the top 10 antioxidant rich foods are then click here for more info.
There are at least a hundred antioxidant rich compounds in food that could be listed, but what is more interesting and more actionable is looking at what type of food groups that contain the highest levels. This will make it easier for you to start adding these to your own diet and get a better variation.
Beans such as red beans, black bleans, pinto beans and kidney beans all contain high-levels of antioxidants. According to a recent study one-half cup of red beans yields 13,727 antioxidants; red kidney beans have 13,259; pinto beans, 11,864; and black beans, 4,191. Since beans are inexpensive and easy to use in a wide variety of foods such as soups, burritos, rice and beans etc it can easily be added to a diet.
Berries also contain high levels of antioxidants. Choices available here are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and red currants. Berries are also easily added to your daily diet as they can be used as snacks, in smoothies, in salads, for breakfast in yoghurts or for deserts etc.
Studies of fruits and their antioxidant power have showed the following choices to be especially good; prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries. Fruits are just like berries easily added to your diet in breakfasts, as snacks or for deserts.
Kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, red bell peppers, onions, corn and eggplant all contain antioxidant vitamins and minerals as well as valuable fibers.
Colorful red, orange and purple vegetables contain a wide range of antioxidants, especially tomatoes, red bell peppers, beets, sweet potato, eggplant and carrots. Leafy greens, especially spinach, are good sources of antioxidant vegetables.
As covered earlier the spices you add to food contain antioxidants. Read more about antioxidant spices here.
Tea, red wine and chocolate
Green tea, black tea and oolong tea contains high levels of antioxidants. According to some, even higher than fruits and berries. Red wine, in moderation, is generally considered heart healthy. Just like red grapes it will reduce free radical damage. Chocolate, the darker the better, are high in antioxidants predominantly due to cocoa having super high levels of the antioxidant flavanols.
Try to eat whole grain whenever you can instead of white pasta, cereals etc. Whole grains contain high levels of antioxidants that help to rid your body of harmful free radicals, highly reactive molecules and ions that can damage your cells.
Walnuts are according to research the top nut to eat for fighting free radicals that can damage our body’s cells and cause disease. Walnuts have almost twice as many antioxidant polyphenols as almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias and pecans.
Olive oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil and other vegetable oils not only contain antioxidants themselves, but they also help you absorb oil-soluble antioxidant vitamins in other foods.
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