According to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people whose diet is high in carotenoids-pigments found in many yellow, orange (as in carrots) and leafy green vegetables - had a 43 percent lower risk of developing advanced cases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a retinal disease that can cause blindness.
Carotenoid is also an anti-oxidant known to munch away, Pac-man style, at harmful chemicals called free radicals; researchers speculate this may prevent them from attacking the retina. The same study found that talking a multi-vitamin, while not protecting against AMD, may help lower the risj of cataracts, another devastating eye disease.Again, it's the anti-oxidant nutrients, which seem to take the credit for heading free radicals off at the pass.
While not all research has shown such protective effects of these vitamins, what do you have to lose? Make it a habit to take your vitamins every day and eat veggies like carrots, Swiss chard, broccoli and acorn squash to increase your chances of seeing the world through healtier eyes.