“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes!” What mom hasn’t said those words over the dinner table?
And as with most things, mom was right. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, an essential nutrient to maintaining eye health. But what she may not have known was when it comes to good eyesight, eating a variety of colors is the best plan. Specifically, mixing some deep green in alongside the bright orange. The deep green of greens like spinach, that is.
There’s evidence that suggests the lutein, a naturally-occurring antioxident, can stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in some patients. And it can even improve the vision in some others.
That’s because the pigment lutein has been shown to absorb the UV blue spectrum of light, the most damaging rays of the sun. If you’ve spent much time outdoors enjoying the sun (and yes, watching baseball counts!), then it may be time to introduce spinach into your daily diet.