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The Eye Health Benefits Of Eating Pumpkin

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Yep, it’s officially October and many of us are excited for all the fall festivities, which of course includes pumpkin everything! It is especially popular in things we eat and drink, from lattes to pies and everything in between. But, are there eye health benefits to eating pumpkin? Read on to find out.



I bet you have been hearing that phrase a lot. In short, yes, pumpkins can help your vision. But, there is one caveat; however, and that is the actual pumpkin itself is healthy for your eyes, not the artificial flavoring found in your favorite latte or baked good. Unfortunately, this means that likely all your favorite lattes are excluded. On the upside, there are many fabulous places around town that do use real pumpkin in their cooking/baking. Or you could always try using it yourself the next time you’re in the kitchen. It really doesn’t have to be complicated, you could even use it in your morning oatmeal!


The Magic Of Orange

These orange beauties are more than just a Halloween prop they pack some amazing nutrients that your eyes need! Pumpkins have a high source of vitamin A, which can help protect the surface of your eye and promote healthy vision. Not to mention, it can help in aiding with two common eye diseases: cataracts and macular degeneration. So, the next time you’re in the mood for some pumpkin, opt out for the real thing, and your eyes will thank you.


Check out these yummy recipes that call for fresh pumpkin. That’s right, that pumpkin you’re soon to carve can be used for more than just a jack-o-lantern. It might end up on your dining table as a yummy entrée or dessert!


Happy Fall from Dr. Sharma and the staff at Inner Harbour Optometry