Leafy Greens Veggies are Good for the Eyes

In the WebMD.com article, Fruits, Leafy Greens Are Good for the Eyes, author Bill Hendrick cites research reviews from University of Georgia scientists.  People have long understood that carrots are good for the eyes, but, according to this report, so are leafy greens and colored fruits.

The article states that foods containing carotenoids may help prevent age-related eye disease.  The research is presented in a new study in the Journal of Food Science.

The great thing about this is that experts have long stressed the importance of “color” when choosing fruits and vegetables and this is just one more reason to eat a colorful pallet of fruits and veggies.

According to the scientists, carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin play an important part in vision and positively affect the retina.  These carotenoids may also help reduce discomfort and disability from glare, enhance contrast, and reduce photostress recovery times.  They may also increase visual range. 

The article references kale and spinach as two of the veggies containing lutein and zeaxanthin and states that of about 20 carotenoids found in the human blood, only these two are found in the visual system, suggesting they play a special role in human vision.

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