Green fruits and vegetables are rich in essential nutrients. Some members of the green group, including spinach and other dark leafy greens, green peppers, cucumber and celery, contain lutein.
There is very good evidence that the lutein in food helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration, two common, age-related eye disorders. Lutein and another carotenoid, zeaxanthin, form the yellow pigment of the retina and absorb blue light, a harmful component of sunlight. Leafy greens like spinach and broccoli are also excellent sources of folate, a B vitamin that helps reduce risk of birth defects and helps keep our hearts healthy.
• High in lutein and folate.
• Contain antioxidants, which have many health-promoting benefits.
• Great to maintain good vision, get strong bones and teeth, and lower some risks of certain cancers.