PHYTONUTRIENTS #5: THE YELLOW-GREEN GROUP

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PHYTONUTRIENTS #5: THE YELLOW-GREEN GROUP- There are seven color groups that each contain a key Phytonutrient. The Yellow-Green group is rich in Lutein which is concentrated in the eye and brain. Spinach, dark green lettuce and avocado are rich in Lutein. Like lycopene in the Red group and beta-carotene in the Orange Group, Lutein is fat soluble and so it is better absorbed with a little added healthy fat like olive oil. Lutein is concentrated from the bloodstream into a part of the eye which gets the most ultraviolet light by a special protein transporter. The Lutein then travels through the optic nerve into the brain where it acts as an antioxidant. Supplementing 10 milligrams of Lutein which is the amount found in about 100 grams of spinach each day provides antioxidant protection to the Macula in the eye where this yellow pigment absorbs the damaging ultraviolet light striking this part of the eye. When the Macula is damaged, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) occurs which is the commonest cause of blindness in people over 65 years of age. Emerging science suggests Lutein may also benefit brain health. To protect your eyes, always wear UV-absorbing sunglasses outdoors even on cloudy days. Get an annual eye exam and be sure to have a serving from the Yellow-Green group or take a supplement with 10 milligrams of Lutein. Next time, I will discuss another green-colored vegetable group called Cruciferous vegetables that help your liver protect you from toxins which I call the Green group -So stay tuned!! #drdavidheber #spinach #avocado #lutein #eye #brain to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com and read PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND TRANSFORMATION available as an e-book for $5.49

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