Slideshow: 7 Unusual Fruits That Are Good for Your Eyes
Can you guess the names of these exotic fruits? Each one has eye-healthy vitamins and nutrients.
With pink skin and bright green shoots, this fruit is the most colorful member of the cactus family. It contains plenty of vitamin C, which helps nourish and protect the cornea of the eye.
Answer: Dragon Fruit
Most people are surprised by this fruit's cucumber-like center. Its green pulp contains beta-carotene, or provitamin A, which helps protect the surface of the eye and is essential for good night vision.
The finger-like appendages of this fruit make it one of the oddest-looking members of the citrus family. But it is high in vitamin C, which helps protect the delicate capillaries of the retina. It is considered a good luck charm in some cultures.
Answer: Buddha's Hand
Much like an orange, this fruit's juicy center can be pulled apart into wedge-shaped segments. Its long list of nutrients includes B complex vitamins, which appear to reduce the risk of macular degeneration among women, according to a recent study.
Covered by a thorny skin, this fruit is also rich in vitamin C. Several studies suggest that a diet rich in vitamin C may reduce the risk of cataracts and vision loss from macular degeneration.
Answer: Jack Fruit
Sometimes confused with an artichoke because of its bumpy, green skin, this fruit has a sweet, custard-like center. In addition to vitamins C and B, it contains potassium. Research shows potassium-rich foods help reduce excess fluid under the skin that causes puffy eyes.
Answer: Custard Apple
This fruit's name is derived from the Malay/Indonesian word for "hair." It is rich in vitamin C and 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.
Foods that are high in antioxidants and vitamins play a key role in the health of your eyes.
Learn about other foods that are good for your eyes (and a little less bizarre) in our Guide to Nutrition for Healthy Eyes. AAV
About the Author: Nichole Baxter is a communications specialist for Dignity Health Medical Foundation. Previously she worked at AllAboutVision.com as a writer, editor and social media specialist. She also handled the site's practitioner marketing and public relations efforts. Before that she worked in political fundraising and in public relations for nonprofit organizations.
Page updated November 2015