How greens can protect your eyesight
Posted on 17 February 2016
A friendly little aide-mémoire to you (and to us). Are you chomping down on enough leafy greens?
The team here at My Glasses Club all agree we feel privileged to be able to supply a service which improves people’s day-to-day lifestyle but we would certainly prefer it if you all had natural good quality vision without aids.
Recent studies have revealed that leafy greens like spinach, lettuce and kale could lower the risk of glaucoma by up to 30%.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions which cause optic nerve damage and can affect your vision. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve at the point where it leaves your eye.
People who ate at least 240mg of nitrate – which you will find in vegetables like spinach – were 30 per cent less likely to develop glaucoma. How amazing is that!
Further researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston, looked at records of more than 100,000 middle aged people over 30 years specifically focusing on their diets and found evidence to support the link between leafy greens and a reduced risk of glaucoma.
Around 500,000 people suffer from glaucoma in Britain but this latest research is suggesting that many cases could be prevented entirely if individuals ate more leafy greens.
Contrary to popular belief, experts know carrots aren’t the best dietary source for better vision — it’s actually leafy greens. The American Optometric Association says it’s because these greens are packed with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration.
You know that fruit and veg shop you drive past everyday on your lunch? Pop in today and grab a bag of eye nourishment. And if it means we hear less from you as a result then we will consider that a greater accomplishment than merely selling you a pair of glasses.