Importance of lutein and zeaxanthin reiterated

Importance of lutein and zeaxanthin reiterated

A publication has reiterated the need for particular nutrients in order to keep eyes healthy.

Malaysian magazine the Star used the upcoming World Sight Day to remind readers that they need zeaxanthin and lutein in their diets in order to look after their eyes.

It explained that these nutrients can help to ward off cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

They were described as "nature"s sunglasses" for their role in helping to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of overexposure to light.

In addition, they have antioxidant properties which may combat the damage that can be caused by free radicals.

The publication suggested using supplements, but the nutrients can be found in certain foods as well.

According to blindness charity the RNIB, lutein is present in green leafy vegetables, yellow peppers and mangoes.

Zeaxanthin can be obtained from eggs, orange peppers, tangerines and spinach.

The charity also urges people to eat foods such as raw carrots, Brussels sprouts and tomatoes for the vitamins A, C and E, which are needed for good eye health.

by Martin Burns

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