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Exotic health for your eyes

We have all been told that eating carrots is good for our eyes. However, recent research shows that eating some exotic fruits can benefit our ocular health.

Dragon Fruit, Jack Fruit, Buddha’s Hand, Rambutan and Custard Apple are rich in vitamin C. Both Custard Apples and Mangosteens contain the B Complex Vitamins, while Kiwanos contain Beta carotene.  These fruits can protect the eyes in many different ways:

Dragon Fruit: Dragon Fruit is a member of the cactus family and helps nourish and protect the cornea.  Dragon Fruit can also help clear red eyes and is considered cooling.

Jack Fruit: Jack Fruit also contains vitamin A and antioxidants in addition to Vitamin C, and may reduce the risk of cataracts and vision loss from macular degeneration.

Buddha’s Hand: Buddha’s Hand belongs to the citrus family and can help protect the delicate capillaries of the retina.

Rambutan: Besides being rich in vitamin C, Rambutan also contains bioflavonoids, which are plant pigments with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These two nutrients complement each other and may help reduce the risk of age-related vision problems by protecting the eyes from damage caused by free radicals.

Custard Apples: In addition to vitamins C and B, Custard Apples also contain potassium. Research shows potassium-rich foods help reduce excess fluid under the skin that causes puffy eyes.

Mangosteen: Appear to reduce the risk of macular degeneration among women, according to a recent study.

Kiwano: The green pulp of a Kiwano helps protect the surface of the eye and is essential for good night vision.


So the next time you’re at the grocery store, try and add some exotic fruits as a part of your diet.

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About the Author

Dr. Sunil Parekh is originally from Kamloops, B.C. He attended Optometry School in London, England. During his time there he gained experience from Moorfields Eye Hospital and Queen Alexandria Hospital. After graduating, Dr. Parekh worked in the UK for a year and took part in a friend's charity called 'Eye for India'. Sunil travelled with a group of friends to Calcutta, India for their first mission and provided eye exams and glasses. Dr. Parekh always wanted to move back to B.C, and decided to make the beautiful Okanagan his home with his wife.

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