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Eat Avocado to Preserve Your Vision

Eat Avocado to Preserve Your Vision

Importance of Carotenoids

In addition to the above vitamins and minerals, one avocado contains 13.5 grams of fiber. It consists of 71% monounsaturated fat, 13% polyunsaturated fat, and 16% saturated fat.

Avocados also contain nine carotenoids. Two are especially helpful for healthy eyesight -- lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids are taken up into the macula of the eye where light is focused. The macula is the central area of the retina and has a yellowish tint. Lutein and zeaxanthin are responsible for giving the macula its color. These antioxidants also help filter out blue light which can damage the eye, and they help protect and maintain healthy cells in the eyes.

A study published in the journal Nutrients found that eating one avocado per day for six months increased serum lutein levels by 25%. In contrast with the control group, those eating avocados experienced significant increases in macular pigment density (MPD). Interestingly, the same research team found that avocado consumption more than doubled the MPD compared to a lutein/zeaxanthin supplement. This suggests that the fatty acids (MUFAs) in avocado significantly increase absorption of these key carotenoids over and above a supplement.

Source:  Remedy Grove

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