There is an old probe from China says “Eye is the window of your soul.” That’s true and our eyes actually do a lot of things for us every day. For an average adult having a job, ideally he or she can get 8 hours sleep–and that is the only time your eye literally get rest. Our eyes are so precious. Every time I watched movies about blind people, I would imagined what my world will be if I lose my eye sight–I lose the beautiful landscape, I lose the ability to seeing my toots, and I lose my ability to live well.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual loss for people older than 60. Plus, so far there is no cure for this disease. It is a very common eye disease in older population. For people age from 80-89, 35% of them have AMD. This disease is caused by over exposure of oxidative stress since our eye has very high consumption of oxygen to keep functioning.
For everybody else who still want to enjoy the beautiful world even when we are old, what can we do? –Don’t forget a golden truth: Prevention is better than cure. Though we can’t treat the illness so far, we can definitely prevent it. Fortunately, scientists found out the prevention can be easily done by something you have been encouraged to do for a long time–eat more of the green leafy vegetables!
Naitonal Institute of Health conducted a “Age-Related Eye Disease Study” to test certain the effect of certain nutrients for preventing AMD. They chose vitamin C and E, β-carotene, zinc, copper, lutein and zeaxanthin for the trial and found that all the nutrients can to some extent contribute to prevent the AMD, especially for lutein and zeaxanthin. The risk of getting AMD is 57% lower in the group who took lutein and zeaxanthin compared to the control group (not taking any extra nutrients).
Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants naturally mainly found in green leafy vegetables. Basically, for vegetables, the more you eat, the more health benefits you can get. And here is a list of vegetables rich in lutein and zeaxanthin:
Well, before reading this article, you might have been encouraged to eat more cups of vegetable because it is good for your heart, your weight control, your blood pressure or other things. If you didn’t make up your mind to start to do so, treasure your ability to see all the beauties in the world and do something for it!