Spinach And Its Sight-Saving Goodness
Spinach is responsible for fighting against the following illnesses: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Cancer, Cataract, Fibroids, and Night Blindness.
Other foods that are good for vision improvement are bell peppers, cantaloupe, cabbage, carrots, corn, eggs, kale, kiwifruit, onions, mangoes, nectarines, peach, papaya, pumpkin, and squash.
Spinach is a very nutrient-packed vegetable. It takes on the awesome responsibility of fending off some major eye problems such as Cataract, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), and night blindness. Although it is a fact that carrot pacts a little more Beta-carotene, and it is also a fact that kale contains more lutein and zeaxanthin, and orange contains a tad more vitamin C. But only spinach delivers a big dose of all four of these.
Studies show that the Nutritional Value of 1 cup of frozen spinach is as follows:
Fat and saturated fat 0g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium 163 mg, Total carbohydrates: 10 g, Dietary Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 6 g, Folate: 51 %of daily value, Vitamin A: 296 % , Vitamin C: 26%, Copper : 13%, Magnesium: 16 %, Manganese:89%
ARMD can steal your sight- and it is the number one cause of incurable blindness in people over 65 years old. The reason for this is because the macula of the eye, a tiny spot on the retina begins to fail, and along that goes your central vision which is what we need for reading and for seeing straight ahead. No treatment seemed to have been available until they found the great big green leaf- spinach. Studies show that the Macula is loaded with two sight protecting carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin. And so is the big Green- spinach.
In a small pilot study of 140 men with ARMD who ate ½ cups of cooked spinach four to seven times a week, 130 had improvement in vision, contrast, and adjustment to bright light. Seventy out of eighty who had distorted vision had improvements or complete remission of symptoms.
While it is not absolutely clear to them how exactly is all works, researchers believe that lutein protects the macula, by absorbing harmful blue light and defending against any light that does penetrate the macula. Other high- lutein greens include kale, collard greens, and turnip tops.
In a study done by the Harvard University of 360 male health professionals found that those who ate most foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin had 19 percent lower risk of cataracts that were severe enough for surgical removal. The men’s top vegetables were broccoli and spinach.
In a similar study of 50,000 female nurses, those who frequently ate foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin had a 22 percent decreased risk of severe cataract. The women’s top vegetable pick was spinach and kale.
In a nutritional analysis, spinach looks as though it loaded with calcium and iron and it really is. However it, unfortunately, contains oxalates that bind those minerals, so your body can not absorb them. But not to worry, spinach is loaded with its other beneficial nutrients and it seems to be doing very well at bringing eye problems to its knees.
You do not have to read this as you might already know!
When selecting spinach:
Look for dark green, crisp ones with no yellow spots.
Look for medium-size leaves with thin stems
Stay away from Spinach that looks pale in color.
Store in the crisper of your refrigerator and keep them dry before they are ready to use. If they get wet they will deteriorate faster.
When ready to use wash super thoroughly. There are lots of sandy microparticles that might be present even if they say that it was pre-washed. For a more tender and delicious Spinach whether raw or cooked it is best to remove heavy stems including the midribs running up the back of the leaves.
While we hope all is well with your vision and your overall health, we know that as human we are made imperfect, so we encourage you to eat in a way to prevent illness-it is so much cheaper to do that than to correct it in future. So if you are someone who wears eyeglasses we have some suggestions on how to remove scratches from eyeglasses here.