If you are over age 40, you may be noticing that you need reading glasses and or have trouble seeing while driving at night. Research indicates, that increasing daily intake of Paprika may help. The nutrients within this spice have been proven to be beneficial for protecting aging eyes.
Paprika, is an aggressive spice, with a flavor that is a combination of sweet and spicy. Paprika, is usually sold as a red powder, which is made by grinding and drying whole peppers. Paprika has lutein and zeaxanthin which prevent harmful light rays from damaging eye tissues.
The Vitamin A content in paprika, aids night vision and plays a role in the development of healthy cells. One tablespoon, of paprika contains 3,349 international units of vitamin A. This is more than 100 percent of the recomended daily requirement for both men and women.
According to the American Optometric Association, consuming 12 milligrams of paprika each day will improve eyesight. Each serving of paprika has 1.3 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, and only 19 calories. Paprika will also boost your daily intake of vitamin E.
One tablespoon of paprika, provides 2 milligrams of vitamin E.Vitamin E is responsible for healthy cell formation. Antioxidants in Vitamin E prevent cellular lipid destruction, promote healthy blood vessel function, and help control the formation of blood clots.
Adding paprika to your diet also helps you get more iron which supports the function of myoglobin and hemoglobin. According to the Institute o Medicine, one tablespoon of paprika contains 1.4 milligrams of iron, which provides 8 and 18 percent of the daily recommended intakes for women and men, respectively.
In 2003, shortly before my mother died, I noticed that I had to take the newspaper outdoors in sunlight, in order to read the fine print. Eventually I purchased reading glasses in number 150. Over time, the number on the readers increased to 175, 200, 225 and 250. And when I drove at night, it seemed as if oncoming traffic had their high beams on.
I began eating more foods that were high in Vitamin A, and also adding paprika to every meal. I sprinkle it on chicken and fish before cooking. I also add it to beans, lentils, tuna salad, garden salads, soup, and popcorn. I still have trouble driving at night, but the reading glasses I now use, have dropped to number 200, and it has not changed in more than a year.
Keep in mind that all home remedies do not work for everyone. You should also be mindful of food allergies. And that if at all possible you should have regular eye exams. Even if paprika does not improve your vision, it will make your food taste good.