Eat Your Vegetables!!!
Green vegetables, such as swiss chard, kale, spinach, and brussel sprouts, contain lutein. This antioxidant is highly concentrated in the macula, a small area of the retina responsible for central vision and high visual acuity. In addition to improving vision, it protects against the development of cataracts.
Orange vegetables, such as carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene. This precursor to vitamin A enhances function of the immune and reproductive systems, and protects cells from free radical damage.
Red vegetables, such as tomatoes, contain lycopene. This antioxidant neutralizes free radicals and has anti-cancer properties. It is especially effective at preventing prostate, lung, and stomach cancers.
Yellow vegetables, such as yellow onions, contain quercetin. This flavenoid contains anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and anti-allergy properties. It is especially beneficial during hay fever season.
Deep blue and purple vegetables, such as blueberries, contain malvin. These vegetables are high in antioxidants, promote a healthy urinary tract, and prevent against heart disease.
The moral of the story? When eating vegetables, make sure your plate is plentiful and colourful!