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5 Foods that Help Treat Dark Eye Circles Naturally
Dark bags and circles under eyes is probably one of the most common cosmetic complaints
among both men and women, regardless of their age. According to most dermatologists,
nine out of ten people at some point in their lives have dark under eye circles.
Why do you have dark eye circles problem? As we all know, lack of sleep and adequate
rest, over stressing eye muscles as well as constant eye rubbing can make you look
tired with those dark under eye circles. However, for those who are prone to dark
rings around their eyes, the reason may be due to hereditary, side effects of some
drugs, or simply a part of the aging process.
People born with very fair skin, or sharp facial features (prominent and pointy nose
or deep set eyes) also tend to naturally develop pesky dark shadows around the eyes.
Some women may experience under eye dark circles (caused by hyperpigmentation) after
childbirth, or it can be sign of an iron deficiency anemia.
It is not wrong to say that certain foods contribute to the formation of dark circles
around or under the eye. Drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages like coffee and
soda, or eating something you're allergic to, can cause puffiness and dark circles
underneath the eyes. Allergies can cause your eyes to itch. When you constantly rub
your eyes, tiny capillaries under the skin get irritated and break, causing puffiness
Most common allergenic foods include berries, buckwheat, chocolate, cinnamon, citrus
fruits, coconut, corn, dairy products, egg whites, mustard, nuts, peas, peanut butter,
pork, shellfish, soy, tomatoes, wheat and yeast.
If you suspect a food allergy, avoid the food all together, and you should notice
the dark circles fade away fairly quickly.
Fortunately, there are also many foods that will help you make dark eye circles less
visible and bring out the brightness in your eyes.
What Food Help Dark Circles Under Eyes
1. Iron Rich Foods
If you think you are anaemic and lack iron, then boost your iron intake by eating
foods such as liver, lean red meat, egg yolks, beans, dark green vegetables, broccoli
To help your body absorb iron more readily, make sure to eat Vitamin C-rich food
in the same meal. For example, baked beans on wholemeal bread or a bowl of oatmeal
porridge with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and a glass of orange
juice for breakfast. Snack on dried apricots, figs or prunes with a slice of papaya.
A diet high in salt and sodium can cause water retention. Cucumber, like celery and
watermelon, acts as a natural diuretic to help flush out excess water from your body
and minimize the appearance of dark, swollen look beneath your eyes.
Try a cucumber and tomato salad for lunch or tuck extra slices of cucumber in your
sandwich. If you dislike eating raw cucumbers, treat yourself to a blueberry and
Alternatively, you can apply cold cucumber slices (or cucumber juice on a cotton
pad) to the area under your eyes, to temporarily lighten dark eye circles.
It is not recommended that you take artificial diuretic because excessive intake
of artificial diuretics can lead to low potassium levels and electrolyte imbalances.
3. Black Currant
Japanese researchers from the Hirosaki University found that black currant fruit
are helpful in getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. Black currants contain
anthocyanins, which improve blood flow to the optical nerve of eyes, and deliver
more oxygen to the tissue, thereby helping to reduce dark circles around and under
If you cannot find fresh black currants, consider adding frozen currants to juices,
fruit smoothies, stewed fruits, jam or pies.
Another food that can really help reduce dark circles under eyes is salmon, an oily
fish. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, a family of fatty acids well known for
reducing the risks of heart disease.
Recent research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids promotes healthy skin and are essential
for keeping your skin from drying out so you stay wrinkle-free. The skin around your
eyes is very thin and delicate, and it can become dry as your age, leading to dark
eye circles problem
Interestingly, you can find dark circle concealer (Skinfood) containing salmon oil
that helps hide dark circles flawlessly. It is also great for brightening and moisturizing
the under eye area.
Try a grilled salmon steak topped with a mango relish for dinner, sprinkle a small
handful of flax seeds into your morning cereal or over salads, or use an omega-3
(fish oil) dietary supplement everyday.
5. Vitamin K Rich Foods
Also known as also known as phylloquinone, Vitamin K is an important fat-soluble
micronutrient, highly recommended for people who have dark eye circles due to hyper
Vitamin K plays a vital role in promoting proper blood circulation to reduce puffiness
and discoloration that are caused by fluid retained under the thin tissue. Vitamin
K not only helps to lighten darkened skin and rectify pigmentation problems, it gives
you the extra protection against osteoporosis.
Make sure to eat these foods rich in Vitamin K – cruciferous vegetables (broccoli,
brussel sprouts, cabbage) as well as leafy green vegetables (spinach), asparagus,
cauliflower, okras, lentils, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and yogurt.
Having said that, avoid unhealthy junk food (sugary and fatty food), replace alcohol
with plain water, and stop smoking in order to make dark eye circles disappear for
By Diane Hanson
I am a 30 year old female and have had really bad dark circles under eyes since young.
Lately I noticed that my dark eye rings are getting worse day by day. I have tried
various home remedies for dark eye circles and used just about every product (creams,
gels and serums) designed to treat dark eye circles problem naturally but nothing
worked. A girl from my Pilates class said that certain foods may cause dark circles
under eyes. Is this true? What types of food should I avoid and what to eat so that
my dark eye circles are less visible, and hopefully, make them go away for good.
I have a high school reunion next month and I really need to get rid of dark eye
circles quickly. Thank you. – Annie, South Dakota.