More than 70% of subjects interviewed in the United States National Eye Health Education Program said that loss of vision would have the biggest impact on their daily activities. In addition, as chronic disease rates such as diabetes increased, along with the premature aging of the population, specialists estimate that the rate of blindness or partial vision impairment will double in the coming years, which would affect about 6.6 million people in the United States alone in 2030.
However, despite the evidence and the significant impact on quality of life, few people take the necessary measures to prevent eye diseases and to protect the health of vision at all stages of life, which can be achieved through healthy eating. Here are best veggies for eyes health.
Data recently released by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 87% of people in the United States do not consume the recommended quantities of vegetables, and 76% do not consume the recommended amount of fruits.
Food for eyes health
Vegetables with green leaves – Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin are mainly found in green leafy vegetables, and cabbage and spinach are at the top of the list of foods rich in lutein. Other healthy options are creamy cabbage, Kale sprouts, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two important nutrients for ocular health because both are found in high concentrations in the yellow luteum (yellow patch) which is the lower center of the retina and is responsible for detailed central vision.
More specifically, lutein is also found in the macular pigment that helps protect the central vision and helps absorb blue light, and zeaxanthin is found in the retina.
Both both lutein and zeaxanthin were associated with a lower risk of cataracts and advanced macular degeneration. Julie Mares, a professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, said that:
‘Lutein and zeaxanthin are predominant carotenoids in both the lens and the retina, and especially in the macula area. This is the part of the retina used to see the details, such as labels on products or newspaper articles. There is now convincing evidence of the strong protective effects of these carotenoids that have excellent antioxidant properties.’