The Best Foods for Eye Health Include Lutein-Rich Vegetables

What’s good for your eyes is good for the rest of you. “Eat a variety and abun- dance of colorful plant foods,” advises Julie Mares, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

But what if you had to single out one group of foods? What are the best foods for eye health? “At the top of my list are dark leafy greens,” says Mares. That means spinach, kale, collards, and Swiss chard. Peas, broccoli, and other green vegetables may also help.

That’s because dark leafy greens are rich in lutein and its cousin, zeaxanthin.

Antioxidants and Cancer: What Are the Antioxidant Benefits?

Antioxidants and cancer were supposed to be bitter enemies. We were told antioxidant benefits also included a reduction in heart disease, memory loss, type 2 diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration. Antioxidant vitamins (C, E, and beta-carotene) were supposed to help prevent all of them.

So far, the three antioxidants (plus zinc) have succeeded with only one: slowing the pace of macular degeneration in older people who already have the eye disease.

“The randomized trials for antioxidants have been very disappointing,” says Harvard’s JoAnn Manson, who led the Women’s Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study, the Women’s Folic Acid Study, and other major trials.