Saturday, September 30, 2006

Spinach 'may ward off blindness'

Original photo by Pullao

Spinach, noted for making cartoon sailor Popeye strong, may also help to ward off a common cause of blindness.

A team at the University of Manchester believe eating the vegetable may protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Their theory is based on the fact that spinach, and several other vegetables, contain lutein, a chemical which helps form a key protective eye pigment.

The Manchester team plan a study to test their theory.

Source - BBC News


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