BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Latest studies show that nitrates lower glaucoma risk. The substances can be found in leafy green vegetables like spinach, lettuce and kale. It seems that Popeye was onto something when he was hurling all of those spinach cans. It’s still a shame that parents worldwide lost an excuse to make their children eat the carrots from their plates.
A team resulted from the partnership created between the Women’s Hospital from Brigham and Harvard Medical School conducted the study that showed how nitrates lower glaucoma risks. They focused on how nitrates play a significant role in the prevention of the glaucoma onset.
Glaucoma is not a disease per se, but rather an infection that can occur at the optic nerve level. But it is not an ordinary infection that can be treated with antibiotics, but it can, if left untreated, lead to a total loss of eyesight.
Unfortunately, at the present moment over 3 million American citizens suffer from this illness. Glaucoma can be developed by a person because of a number of factors. The most common culprits for the onset of glaucoma are increased pressure in the eye (intraocular hypertension), diabetes, trauma at the eye level and genetic predisposition.
The damage produced by glaucoma at the optical nerve level cannot be repaired with treatment. That is one of the reasons for which glaucoma should firstly be prevented. Prevention measures are a vitamin filled diet, periodical visits to an ophthalmologist, a decrease in caffeine consumption (coffee raises blood pressure that leads to intraocular hypertension).
And according to the latest study that says that nitrates lower glaucoma risk, a steady intake of the above-mentioned substance. The vegetables that are filled with the miracle salt are beets, lettuce, carrots, spinach, green beans, cabbage, parsley, celery, collard greens and radishes. The level of nitrates vary from vegetable to vegetable, and it can also appear in different amounts in the same vegetable because it depends a lot on the soil in which the greens are cultivated.
It is important to mention the fact that the results from the study did not show a cause-effect relation between nitrates and the decreased risk of glaucoma, but rather a correlation between the two.
The study which revealed that nitrates lower glaucoma risks was based on a statistics that included over 100,000 American citizens. Out of the total of participants, 1,500 were discovered to have developed glaucoma, and those who consumed a higher amount of leafy greens were discovered to have a 30% lower risk to develop the disease.
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