Among a group of more than 2,000 adults, those who ate plenty of nitrate-rich veggies had a 35 percent lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness, than those who consumed few nitrate-rich veggies. Not to be confused with nitrates that are added to deli meats as preservatives, smaller amounts of nitrates are naturally present in vegetables like spinach, Swiss chard, and celery. Studies suggest that nitrate-rich vegetables may also help lower blood pressure, keep arteries healthy, and improve athletic performance. As an observational study, the new research on nitrate-rich veggies and eyesight shows a link but doesn’t prove cause and effect. We do know that eating a variety of colorful vegetables is linked to good health and prevention of chronic disease.
Source: Association of Dietary Nitrate Intake with the 15-Year Incidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
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