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5 Foods that Help Treat Dark Eye Circles Naturally


Hi Annie,

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 and discoloration.

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 and asparagus.

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.



2. Cucumber

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 cucumber smoothie.

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 the eyes.

If you cannot find fresh black currants, consider adding frozen currants to juices, fruit smoothies, stewed fruits, jam or pies.



4. Salmon

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 pigmentation.

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 good.



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.

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