Researchers have recently found that eating spinach and other fruits and vegetables that contain lutein and zeaxanthin may help slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and may even reverse the disease in some individuals. Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye disease that can destroy sharp central vision and lead to vision loss. It is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 65. This exciting new finding has researchers questioning the belief that gradual vision loss is just a part of the natural aging process.
Scientists state that fruits and vegetables with dark green or orange colors contain compounds that protect the macula pigment from damage. Products with high concentrations of the protective elements include spinach, kale, broccoli, green beans, corn, and peaches. Carrots are excluded. Future studies are underway to identify which patients may benefit most from supplements and dietary changes.