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Eating green, leafy vegetables lowers risk of glaucoma

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A new study has suggested that a diet which includes a lot of green, leafy vegetables may decrease the risk of glaucoma.


Glaucoma is a serious condition which can lead to blindness. The vision lose from glaucoma can not be recovered and therefore natural remedies for the prevention of this condition are of interest.

Glaucoma risk may be decreased with diets high in green leafy vegetables

It has been suggested by a recent study that a diet which includes a lot of green, leafy vegetables may decrease the risk of glaucoma reports the Glaucoma Research Foundation. In general it is recommended that patients include foods which are rich in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables as part of a diet which is healthy.

A healthy lifestyle which includes good nutrition, a moderate amount of exercise, and adequate rest is a vital part of your overall health and well-being. A healthy lifestyle can also prevent illness. A balanced diet which includes fruits and vegetables is a good way to make certain you're getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals.

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Carotenoids and vitamin A and C benefit vision health

Fruits and vegetables are a primary source of carotenoids which can greatly benefit vision health. Many fruits and vegetables which have higher vitamin A and C content have been shown to also lower glaucoma risk. Spinach, celery, peaches, beets, cabbage, collard greens, carrots, brussel sprouts, and green beans are among the best fruits and vegetables.

In glaucoma oxidative stress is associated with damage to the optic nerve. Further injury can be prevented with antioxidants. Good dietary sources of antioxidants are acai berries, cranberries, spinach, black and green tea, lycopene from tomato products, spinach, flax seeds, bilberry, dark chocolate, and acai berries.

Glaucoma is one of the primary causes of vision loss

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions which cause damage to the optic nerve reports Mayo Clinic. The optic nerve is essential for good vision. Damage to the optic nerve is often caused by an unusually high pressure in your eye. This disorder is one of the primary causes of blindness in the United States. Although it can occur at any age it is more common among elderly people.

Because vision loss which is caused by glaucoma can't be recovered it's important to have regular eye exams which include eye pressure measurements. When the condition is recognized early the vision loss can be slowed down or even prevented. Treatment for the rest of your life will generally be needed if you have glaucoma. Therefore it is a good idea to eat a lot of green leafy vegetables which may help avoid getting this condition.