Eating squash "is great for eyesight"

Eating squash "is great for eyesight"

People looking to improve their eyesight may not need to go further than the supermarket"s fruit and vegetable aisle, as squash is a great way to maintain good vision, one expert has pointed out.

That is the opinion of Caitlin Dout, from Howard County General Hospital, who told the Columbia Patch that squash has many properties that can help people to maintain good eyesight, particularly vitamin A.

"The vitamin A in squash plays an important role in vision in that it promotes good vision in low light and the antioxidant beta carotene aids in protection of the eye against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts," she added.

It also benefits other areas of the body due to the high vitamin C content, which is good for the immune system, she noted.

Recently, Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, said that enjoying a healthy diet can play an important role in eye health, with those missing out on omega-3 fatty acids having more chance of developing macular degeneration.

by Adrian Galbreth

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