Keep Glaucoma At Bay With Green Leafy Vegetables

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Glaucoma is a condition in which increased pressure within the eyeball, called intraocular pressure, damages the optic nerve that causes a gradual loss of sight. It is a leading cause of blindness and with it, whatever vision you lose, you lose forever.

More importantly, glaucoma affects everyone, not just the elderly and because you can’t feel it, you may not know there’s a problem until you actually start losing your vision.

Keep it green

Fortunately, based on the findings of a recent study, there is a very simple, natural and cost-effective way you could protect your eyes against this condition.

Researchers have found that eating your green leafy veggies can help improve the blood flow in your eyes. The increased blood flow reduces the risk for developing primary open-angle glaucoma, or POAG.

The results of this study showed that of over 100,000 people, those who ate leafy greens each day were 30 per cent less likely to develop glaucoma over the course of 25 years.

They were also about 50 per cent less likely to develop the type of glaucoma where vision is lost in the central visual field (as opposed to losing peripheral vision).

So, how do green leafy vegetables contribute to increased blood flow?

Well, it all comes down to nitric oxide (NO), which works by relaxing arteries and making them more flexible, so blood can flow freely through your body.

There are many ways to raise nitric oxide (NO) levels naturally with superfoods and supplements. But perhaps the best source of NO is spinach, which is LOADED with nitrates – and your body converts nitrates to nitric oxide. Other nitrate-rich superfoods include beetroot, carrots, and rocket.

Foods such as garlic, cocoa, pomegranate, vitamin C, and therefore all the citrus fruits, can also help raise NO levels, as can supplements such as citrulline, arginine, pycnogenol, quercetin, and horny goat weed.

Exercise also has been shown to increase nitric oxide levels as well.

Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


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  • How much green leafy beg must one eat? Or is it a question of ramping up your consumption and see if you experience any changes.

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