Brain Foods for Better Vision and Oral Health

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Do you regularly consume foods that are high in antioxidants and nutrients to enhance the function of your brain? Did you know that some brain foods also can help to improve your vision and oral health?

According to nutrition and health experts, consumption of the following foods can contribute to the health of your eyes and mouth:

  • Nuts and seeds – contain protein, fiber, good fats, vitamins B and E and magnesium, essential for cognitive function
    • Almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed and wheat germ are high in vitamin E, which is helpful in preventing and delaying the growth of cataracts
    • Cashews have microbe properties that help fight bacteria contributing to tooth decay; pumpkin seeds and popcorn are also nutritious for your teeth
  • Eggs – an excellent source of proteins and rich in vitamins and minerals, beneficial to your eyes and teeth
    • Antioxidants in egg yolks—lutein and zeaxanthin—help prevent age-related eye conditions, including cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Apples, berries, melons, kiwi – delicious to eat and contain essential vitamins, such as beta-carotene and vitamin C
    • Crunchy fruits like apples increase the flow of saliva to cleanse and refresh your mouth
    • Berries are high in antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration
  • Dairy products – excellent sources of vitamin A and riboflavin
    • Help to reduce the risk of developing cataracts
    • Low-fat milk keeps saturated fat low and prevents plaque build-up in the blood vessels of the eyes
    • Reduce acid in the mouth that attacks tooth enamel
  • Vegetables – high in iron, folic acid and vitamins A and B6
    • Kale, Swiss chard, spinach and collards improve vision and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration as well as defend the eyes from ultraviolet radiation
    • Carrots help prevent night blindness, reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, and increase the flow of cleansing saliva
    • Wasabi helps stop bacteria from sticking to your teeth

Next time you plan your dinner menu, include several brain foods that will provide the vitamins and nutrients important for good oral health and vision.

What are your favorite brain foods? How many do you consume each week? – Scott Delisi, Ameritas Group