Sally Lehrman http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/889/all en Keep an Eye on Spinach http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/keep_an_eye_on_spinach <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep an Eye on Spinach </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly two decades ago, optometrist Stuart Richer noticed something funny about patients who began taking multivitamins. Those who had age-related macular degeneration—a disease that affects one in eight Americans with vision loss and sometimes blindness—not only seemed to stabilize, but improved.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sally Lehrman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lutein reverses vision loss. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="225" height="225" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/5100spinach_bunch225_0.jpg?1251746255" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fall 2004 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Healthy Spinach Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/baby_spinach_salad_with_raspberry_vinaigrette.html">Baby Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/chicken_spinach_pesto_soup.html">Chicken &amp; Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/parmesan_spinach_cakes.html">Parmesan Spinach Cakes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/creamed_spinach_gratin.html">Creamed Spinach Gratin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/cheese_spinach_stuffed_portobellos.html">Cheese-&amp;-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_spinach_recipes">Healthy Spinach Recipes and Cooking Tips</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More on Eating for Better Vision </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/five_tips_for_eye_health">Five Tips For Eye Health</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/eat_for_your_eyes">Eat for Your Eyes</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/dry_eyes_traced_to_oils_in_diet">Dry Eyes Traced to Oils in Diet</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly two decades ago, optometrist Stuart Richer noticed something funny about patients who began taking multivitamins. Those who had age-related macular degeneration—a disease that affects one in eight Americans with vision loss and sometimes blindness—not only seemed to stabilize, but improved.</p> <p>Intrigued, he went back to school in biophysiology to see if he could figure out the reason. His first studies helped show that antioxidants did slow the disease, and even worked to prevent it. More recently he has learned that a specific antioxidant, lutein, can actually reverse some of the symptoms.</p> <p>Richer, chief of optometry at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Center, recently tested lutein’s effects on 90 patients. Over a year’s time, those who took 10 milligrams of lutein every day began to see about one line better on eye charts. Image quality and contrast increased, and glare became less of a problem.</p> <p>We get lutein from leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collards, plus kiwi, zucchini, pumpkin, egg yolks, corn and red grapes. Already known to be important to vision, the antioxidant collects in the center of the retina, supporting the structure of delicate photoreceptors and filtering out certain types of light that cause damage. In Richer’s tests, the density of the yellow macular pigment, which is thought to protect against age-related degeneration, improved 40 percent.</p> <p>While Richer used supplements for the study, he recommends one of his favorite vegetables as a strong preventive. “Spinach is a super-food, with folate, beta carotene, vitamins E and C and a series of other nutrients,” he says. He suggests eating four ounces every other day. Personally, however, he also takes a daily multivitamin with lutein for good measure.</p> <p>Those who took 10 mg of lutein every day began to see about one line better on eye charts.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/keep_an_eye_on_spinach#comments Sally Lehrman Fall 2004 Healthy Aging Diet, Nutrition & Health - Healthy Aging Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:17:55 +0000 Penelope Wall 9644 at http://www.eatingwell.com