1. Tomato Juice
Tomatoes get their red hue from lycopene, which is a key carotenoid that can ward off vision-related diseases and complications such as night blindness.
2. Banana Nut Smoothie
Bananas have alpha- and beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Nuts are rich in trace minerals that assist in protective properties for vision wellness.
3. Berry Smoothie
The numerous antioxidants in all types of berries help the body fight oxidative stress, and this is crucial for the eyes. With age, many parts of the eye will degenerate, but berries can slow this process down and preserve good eye health. The more (natural) colors on your plate, the better!
4. Carrot Beet Apple Juice
Carrots contain lots of beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A, which is important for overall eye health. Beets contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which support macular and retinal health. Apples are rich in bioflavonoids, which are also known for boosting vision health.
5. Coconut Water
One of Mother Nature's most perfect drinks, it is loaded with every type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and electrolyte one can imagine for optimal health and vision.
6. Aloe Juice
Aloe is packed with an abundance of vitamins A, B, C, and E, which act as free radicals. Aloe is also high in minerals such as selenium and zinc and magnesium, all of which are essential to good vision.
7. Spinach Kale Broccoli Juice
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale and the cruciferous broccoli are rich in many antioxidants and are important in supporting visual wellness. Like beets, they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which actually absorb blue light that would have been harmful to the retina.
8. Fresh Orange Juice
Oranges are excellent for vision health as they contain high amounts of vitamin C, which keeps blood vessels in the eye strong and stable while decreasing the risk of cataract formation. Oranges also contain folate, which is important during fetal vision development, so pregnant women should drink good ol' OJ in the morning.
9. Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup
These beautiful orange vegetables are high in vitamins A and C and beta-carotene, which we know will be nothing but beneficial to your eyes; and just in time for autumn!
This post originally appeared on The Daily Meal.