Everyone is telling you to "eat your greens" but do you know why? Because you will "grow up to be strong"!
Well not really, leafy greens are a fabulous healthy ageing food that can provide a great source of anti-oxidants which are particularly brilliant for eye health.
Spinach and silverbeet are both rich in lutein and zeaxanthin. These are two antioxidants
that research has found are associated with protection from age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration. In particular, these antioxidants absorb damaging UV-blue light to protect the eye.
Additionally, leafy greens are generally a good source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is important in your diet because it is converted into Vitamin A in your body which is essential for a healthy immune system.
The antioxidants in leafy greens, as in all foods, are important for fight the free radicals within our bodies too and provide protection from some forms of cancer. The
consumption of spinach has also been linked to improved memory, so this is another great reason to eat some!
It is recommended to eat at least two to three servings of leafy greens per week. The best sources are spinach, silverbeet, kale, lettuce and brussel spouts. Enjoy!