Leafy greens "keep eyes youthful"

Leafy greens "keep eyes youthful"

The importance of green leafy vegetables for maintaining eye healthy has been outlined by an expert.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Eyecare Trust chairman Iain Anderson said that these sorts of foods need to be given a high priority as they provide zeaxanthin and lutein.

Both these nutrients are necessary for the retina.

He also urged people to help keep their eyesight as they age by eating tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, aubergines, melons and red peppers.

Mr Anderson said that eating three pieces of fruit every day can cut the chances of getting age-related macular degeneration.

He also noted that these foods have lutein, antioxidants and carotenoids, which he deemed to be "beneficial substances".

The newspaper reported that research at Tufts University has shown that vitamin C can fight cataracts.

As well as being good for the eyes, blueberries have been reported by Marie Claire to help circulation and combat the signs of ageing.

The berries are also known for being a source of potassium.

by Emily Tait

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