Kale And Your Vision
The reason for the suggestion of eating kale for the eyes is because it contains more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients per calorie than any other food. All leafy green vegetables are rich in lutein and zeaxathin. These are called carotenoids. These two ingredients are needed to protect the eyes from ultraviolet light. They also serve as antioxidants and help defend the retina against free radicals and help maintain blood vessels in the macula. In healthy eyes these ingredients are found in high concentration.
An area inside the retina of the eye is the macula which is responsible for clear vision. It is in this region of the eye that carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin, are found and filter the harmful blue light from the sun. The aging process alone causes some deterioration of the macula but it is further harmed by extensive exposure to sunlight. In addition, when these carotenoids are not being sent to the eyes and there is a deficiency of them it makes the macula not function as they should. This condition is called Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). Therefore the most effective way to lessen this degeneration is by eating healthy foods, such as kale and other green leafy vegetables. It is also recommended to avoid eating fried foods.
Studies have shown that eating these green leafy veggies can not only help ward off ARMD, but also help guard against cataracts. Even though these problems mostly concern those growing old, it’s a matter of concern among the young because the one thing most people are afraid of as they grow older is losing their eyesight. It is too late when ARMD occurs because the cells become so damaged that they no longer work. At that point there is no cure and not much can be done to try to slow down this degeneration. So when selecting healthy foods to eat think Kale for the Eyes.
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