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Last Updated: Monday, 25 September 2006, 23:15 GMT<br><br><br><br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:large;">Spinach 'may ward off blindness'</span></b><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Spinach, noted for making cartoon sailor Popeye strong, may also help to ward off a common cause of blindness.<br><br><br><br>
A team at the University of Manchester believe eating the vegetable may protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).<br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br>
The Manchester team plan a study to test their theory.<br><br><br><br>
AMD is the leading cause of blindness in western society, and is thought to affect up to 12% of men and 29% of women over the age of 75 in the UK.</div>
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My grandmother's blind from Macular Degeneration, and they don't know if it's hereditary. scary.<br><br><br><br>
Good thing I loooove spinach <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
ETA: I wonder if their study includes animal testing
 

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Other good sources for lutein are: maize, red grapes, pumpkin, kiwi, and a couple of others.
 

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My eye doctor wrote a little list for me a few years ago because my mother has AMD. He wrote down spinach, blueberries, and green tea as good for warding off AMD.
 

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Bilberry-Vaccinum myrtillus<br><br>
common names: black whortleberry, blueberry, dyeberry etc. were eaten and drank as a tea by fighter pilots in England many years ago, beacuse they are supposed to improve vision, I wonder if Eagles and other birds of prey eat them as well. I do know of someone who treated their dog, who had been diagnosed with cataracts, with bilberrys, she said her vet was amazed at the improvment in her dogs eye condition. The power of mother natures remedies never cease to amaze me.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lothar M Kirsch</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Other good sources for lutein are: maize, red grapes, pumpkin, kiwi, and a couple of others.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Lutein is found in sweetcorn, kale and broccoli, as well as spinach.<br></div>
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i eat so much broccoli. it's my favorite vegetable. favorite.<br><br><br><br>
butm i can't wait for the raw spinach to be back on the market again here--e. coli contaminated spinach. hopefully, we'll get raw 'spin-spatch,' as i prefer to call it, soon
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Amy SF</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My eye doctor wrote a little list for me a few years ago because my mother has AMD. He wrote down spinach, blueberries, and green tea as good for warding off AMD.</div>
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I'm not sure, but I think with bluesberries it's another mode of action. It's the blue or violet/purple dye, which is also found in other berries like elderberries, black currant and so on. Do you know the source of your mother's ophthalmologist? Maybe we could research there.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lothar M Kirsch</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm not sure, but I think with bluesberries it's another mode of action. It's the blue or violet/purple dye, which is also found in other berries like elderberries, black currant and so on. Do you know the source of your mother's ophthalmologist? Maybe we could research there.</div>
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Some links:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.luteininfo.com/" target="_blank">http://www.luteininfo.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.luteininfo.com/where" target="_blank">http://www.luteininfo.com/where</a><br><br><a href="http://www.luteininfo.com/whereraw" target="_blank">http://www.luteininfo.com/whereraw</a><br><br><a href="http://www.luteininfo.com/wherefortified" target="_blank">http://www.luteininfo.com/wherefortified</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QA/QA59576/" target="_blank">http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QA/QA59576/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/lut_0164.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/n...lut_0164.shtml</a><br><br><a href="http://nutrition.about.com/od/phytochemicals/p/Lutein.htm" target="_blank">http://nutrition.about.com/od/phytoc...s/p/Lutein.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://nutrition.about.com/od/healthyfood1/a/berries.htm" target="_blank">http://nutrition.about.com/od/health.../a/berries.htm</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>zoebird</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
i eat so much broccoli. it's my favorite vegetable. favorite.</div>
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I live for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><br><br>
I wish I were eating it right now.<br><br>
~Wonder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biker.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":ymca:">
 

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Hey, Joe, I'm on your side!<br><br>
Blueberries are rich in lutein, too, so much the better.<br><br>
But blueberries and others are also rich in anthocyanins:<br><br><a href="http://www.seniornet.org/php/default.php?PageID=6046" target="_blank">http://www.seniornet.org/php/default.php?PageID=6046</a><br><br><br><br>
“Blueberries are a particularly rich source of antioxidants called anthocyanins (also contained in apples, grapes, blackberries, radishes, and red cabbage). Several studies suggest anthocyanins discourage blood clots from forming, warding off heart attacks. They also appear to improve night vision and to slow macular degeneration by strengthening tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye."<br><br>
Link: <a href="http://www.oregonblueberry.com/health.php" target="_blank">http://www.oregonblueberry.com/health.php</a><br><br><br><br>
Besides: I love both spinach and brokkoli.
 
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