When talking about nutrition, most of my clients are so focused on calories, carbs, protein, and cutting edge supplements that will make them huge, that they don’t realize the myriad other ways that nutrition can affect their game. Yet there are research and product developments that continually make me realize just how amazing food can be and how what you eat or don’t eat affects your game and career longevity.
One of the most recent supplement developments is Bausch + Lomb’s PreserVision Eye Vitamin and Mineral supplement. Though this product is geared towards people with Age-Related Eye Diseases, there are two important things going on here. 1) everyone will age and our eyes will change in the process and, 2) you can get the ingredients in this supplement, which are important for eye health, in food. In fact, I think athletes absolutely should get critical eye nutrients such as beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega 3 fats in their food and do so daily.
Here’s where you’ll find these nutrients for your vision:
beta carotene – egg yolks, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, broccoli, winter squash, collard greens.
lutein & zeaxanthin - Brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, egg yolks, collard greens, turnip greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini.
omega 3 - wild salmon (less mercury), halibut, herring and mackerel (worried about mercury? click here for a chart on which fish contains the most mercury).
green tea – tea catechins penetrate eye tissue and according to a study in rats, reduce harmful oxidative stress in the eye.
For those people with Age Related Eye Disease, this supplement makes life easy because it delivers a guaranteed amount of these all important eye nutrients to you, daily. For the rest of us who are young and relying on good vision to hit a 90 MPH fastball or see what direction the other team is going in on the court or field, eating a diet filled with those all important nutrients for eye health may help you play better in the short term and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts in the long term.