07.07.2009

"Eat spinach for healthy eyes"

"Eat spinach for healthy eyes"

by Adrian Galbreth

Eating spinach can help to ward off sight-threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, an expert has said.

Optometrist Dr Jennifer Smith told US publication The State that proper eating could help fight these kinds of ailments or stop them from deteriorating, though she noted that nutrition will not affect problems with the lens and cornea.

Half a cup of spinach will provide the ten milligrams of lutein that people are recommended to consume daily.

Cooked spinach will also yield more of the nutrient than raw, according to the Lutein Information Bureau.

Other good foods to help protect eyes include fruit and fruit juices for their vitamin C, while eyes also need zinc and zeaxanthin.

The American Optometric Association has said that research shows cataracts can also be combated with good nutrition, the publication stated.

Advice about healthy eating for eyes was also given recently by Dr Warren Harvard Low.

The California-based physician said that it is "never too soon" to begin eating to preserve eye health.

by Alexa Kaczka


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