Eating plenty of vegetables, especially spinach, may prevent cataracts, which is a common cause of blindness. Cataract is clouding of the eye lens. It progresses slowly and can lead to a vision loss.
A study published in the "British Medical Journal" states that spinach is the best food that prevents cataract in older women. This is most probably due to the rich content of antioxidants in spinach, including beta-carotene. Scientists have found that women who receive the most beta-carotene from fruits and vegetables were 40% less likely to develop cataracts than the other.
Cataract is partly caused by the oxidation of intraocular lenses. It is contributed to the constant action of sunlight. It seems that the intake of large amounts of antioxidants prevents or slows down the appearance of cataracts.
Studies have shown that people who eat less fruits and vegetables are less protected from the CATARACTS. People who eat less than three times daily fruits and vegetables are four times more likely to develop cataracts. Intake of fruits or vegetables only once a day increases the risk six times.
Dr.Pol Zak from U.S. Department of Agriculture found that those with the lowest levels of carotenoids were seven times more likely to develop elderly cataracts, and those with a little vitamin C in the blood 11 times more likely to develop a particular type of cataract.
Low levels of folic acid, which is found in high quantaties in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli,
as well as legumes, predicts the occurrence of cataracts in later years. The use of green tea, full of antioxidants also acts preventively.
Decreased levels of antioxidants (glutathione) was observed in all types of cataracts. Glutathione is found in watermelon, orange, asparagus and avocados.
Source: Food-Your Miracle Medicine - Jean Carper