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8 Powerful Vegetables That Can Prevent Vision Loss Naturally

While there are lots of benefits to a healthy lifestyle, one of the best parts is how it ripples into all parts of your life. For instance – eating vegetables are great for you, and in the case of leafy greens, have addition benefits for your eyesight.

Chief among them? Leafy greens may lower your risk of glaucoma.

That’s no small matter, as glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 60, affecting as many as 3 million adults.

Given how difficult treatment is, prevention is the only realistic option – of which, leafy greens are a tremendous help.

In particular, leafy greens are rick in nitrates, which your body uses to reduce pressure on the eyes – lessening your risk of glaucoma.

In fact, when researchers analyzed data for more than 100,000 U.S. adults, those who consumed the most nitrate (primarily from leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach) had a 21 percent lower risk of developing open-angle glaucoma (the most common form) compared to those who ate the least.

Overall, kale and collard greens appeared to be most beneficial. According to the researchers:

The only vegetable that was consistently inversely associated with POAG was kale or collard greens: 1 serving or more per month of kale or collard greens was significantly associated with 55% to 70% reduced odds of POAG [primary open-angle glaucoma].

While many vegetables contain natural nitrates, some of the best sources include:
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

Other healthy options for lutein and zeaxanthin – two other important nutrients for eye health –  include Swiss chard, collard greens, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Many thanks to Dr Mercola for the great tips!

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